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.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

These youth "Rising Stars" are turning the tide on obesity in Texas

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The annual Rising Star Award is presented to a young Texan, 12-18 years of age, who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the community in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the burden of the obesity epidemic. This year's applicants absolutely blew us away with their passion for improving the health of their peers, their innovative approaches to the problem, and the impact they are having (and will continue to have) in their communities.

The Rising Star Award winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the Southern Obesity Summit in Louisville, Kentucky this October--this includes registration fees, airfare, hotel, and meals--sponsored by the Texas Health Institute.

The Rising Star Award winner will be recognized at the 7th Annual Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony in Austin on September 9th.  The event is free and open to the public, click here to register.