Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tips and Tricks for a Healthy School Party

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This month we are talking about #GOparties and healthy school celebrations. Rather than loading kids up on the typical sugary foods to celebrate a special occasion at school, why not take a different, more nutritious approach? With the help of our friend Stacy Whitman, blogger of School Bites, below are some key ingredients to help you throw a healthy, successful celebration in the classroom. If you are a parent/teacher/advocate for healthier food in schools, this one's for you.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Food Day Challenge Returns: Eat the Real-Food Rainbow!

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[UPDATE: The Center for Science in the Public Interest is also hosting a Food Day photo contest! When you share your Food Day meals, make sure to use #FoodDayPlate along with your #EatTheRainbow and #FoodDay2014 hashtags!]

Fall is finally here, bringing a cornucopia of different food-centered holidays and events. To celebrate the much anticipated Food Day 2014 on October 24, the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living challenges its fans once again to “Eat the Real-Food Rainbow.”

What does it mean to Eat the Real-Food Rainbow? Next Friday, rainbow-eaters will try and eat as many colors of fruits and veggies as they can, taking in the bountiful vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that real, fresh foods have to offer.

We encourage you to join the conversation about Food Day and our challenge on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram by posting pictures of your colorful meals with #EatTheRainbow, or sharing nutritious facts or recipes using the hashtags #FoodDay2014 and #EatReal in your posts.

Here are some tidbits on the benefits of every food color and tips to get you started on eating the real-food rainbow:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Healthy Celebrations Make Healthy Students

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I study school nutrition promotion for a living, so I probably shouldn’t say what I’m about to say. But it’s time to confess – when I started studying school nutrition policies, I never thought policies would work. Not in a million years. “Are you kidding??,” I used to scoff (as an overly confident graduate student), “Kids are too smart for that – they’ll work around it.” I can be very opinionated sometimes.

Wow, did I screw that one up. National School Lunch Week seems like the time to come clean.

I’ve been studying the effects if school nutrition policies, including school lunch policies, for 7 years now. I’m stubborn, so it takes time to say “I was wrong,” but I’m finally saying it after 7 years of seeing school nutrition policies, including school lunch policies, have a positive effect on students’ diet or weight status.