Posts Tagged ‘school lunch’

A Single Federal Program Cut Obesity by 3% (And Saved Twice What It Cost)

A recent study by researchers at the University of Arkansas found that the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program decreased childhood obesity rates in elementary schools by 3 percent at a cost of only $50 to $75 per student per year. That’s significant. Previous studies looking at other strategies to reduce childhood obesity rates estimated costs of $280 to $339 per student every year to move the needle by a mere 1 percent. Read More

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Americans Agree School Lunch Isn’t Broken (So, Congress, Don’t “Fix” It)

With a presidential campaign upon us, many Americans will no doubt soon tire of hearing about poll results. But this week brought news of an interesting national survey that has nothing to do with the current crowded field of presidential candidates, focusing instead on a closer-to-home topic: the quality of school lunches. The poll’s results? By large margins, Americans think school cafeterias serve better and healthier food than they did just five years ago, and almost unanimously agree that healthy school lunches are important to children’s future success. Read More

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No More Excuses: School Lunches Can Be Healthy!

Over the last several days on this blog, a colleague and I have documented some of the silliest excuses used by the School Nutrition Association (SNA) to turn back new healthy school lunch rules. But we’ve saved the best most cynical excuse for last. Read More

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Waving a White Flag on Whole Grains in School Lunch?

Today’s blog post features Excuse #4 in the School Nutrition Association’s silliest excuses for rolling back school food standards (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3):

Excuse #4: Students won’t eat whole-grain rich foods.

Last March, the School Nutrition Association featured a North Carolina school district’s celebration of their whole-grain waiver with free biscuits and gravy for students and staff. Even the Superintendent of Haywood County Schools in North Carolina had to clarify that the celebration wasn’t a joke: “To celebrate the temporary waiver, we are planning ‘Butter Biscuits are Back’ activities at each school on April 1st. No fooling, pun intended.”

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Lobby Group Puts the “Salt” Back in Salt Lake City (and School Lunches)

Today we continue our look at the School Nutrition Association’s silliest excuses for rolling back healthy school lunch rules (see last week’s Part 1 and Part 2). As the association’s leaders and members hob-nob with their food industry benefactors in the land of the Great Salt Lake, I thought it would be appropriate to look at SNA’s statements on sodium. Read More

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School Lunch: Have Healthier Standards Driven Up Food Costs?

Yesterday, my colleague Karen Perry Stillerman debuted our blog series on the School Nutrition Association’s excuses for why Congress needs to roll back healthier school food standards. Read More

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Excuses, Excuses: The School Nutrition Association’s Dumbest Reasons for Rolling Back Healthy School Lunch

“The dog ate my homework.” It’s an overused excuse, and pretty transparent, but you can forgive children for inventing creative excuses for not doing their work. When grown-ups do the same, it’s harder to swallow. Such is the case of the School Nutrition Association—an organization purportedly run by adults, ostensibly to guarantee nutritious food for kids at school. Yet SNA is employing an impressively ridiculous list of reasons the nation’s schools should be allowed to keep serving unhealthy junk food. Read More

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School Lunch: What’s the Cost of Noncompliance?

Today, the House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on the costs of improved nutrition standards for school meals introduced under the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). This bipartisan Act put more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and less salt and fat, on student’s lunch trays. Some say the law’s price tag has been too high, but the way I read the research, the price tag for not providing healthier lunches is much higher. Read More

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School Lunch: Just Say “No” to the Opt-out Cop-out

School’s out for summer! And while the kids are away, Congress will play—this time with their food. This month, the House Appropriations subcommittee on Agriculture may begin debate on the bill to fund the U.S. Department of Agriculture and related agencies and programs, including child nutrition programs like school meals.  Read More

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School Lunch: The Half Truth about Whole Grains

As the debate over school lunch nutrition standards continues in Congress, I’ve heard a number of claims that don’t ring true. Today I’ll look at an argument I’ve been hearing about the challenge of incorporating more whole grains into children’s lunches. Read More

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