December 10th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
In a confusing move that will affect the health of the nation’s children, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that the department is lifting the limits on the amounts of grain and meat products allowed in school lunches.
Read More:USDA Assigns “Limitless” Amount of Meat and Grains to School Lunches
November 20th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Efforts to bring healthier food to our nation’s schools have been kicked up a notch with the USDA’s recent announcement of more than $4.5 million in grant money that will bring fresh foods from local farms to school cafeterias across the country.
Read More:Let them Eat Healthy: USDA’s Farm-to-School Programs Receive $4.5 Million
October 1st, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Another blow to the nation’s obese as a recent report compiled by former Pentagon military chiefs calls the nation’s obesity epidemic a “threat to national security.”
Read More:The Few, The Proud, The…Too Fat to Fight?
September 24th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Colorado based non-profit, The Kitchen, has announced plans to create 180 Learning Gardens throughout the state of Colorado, and in additional U.S. cities including Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston.
Read More:180 Learning Gardens Coming to Nation’s Most Under-Served Communities
September 22nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Though long suspected because of its endocrine disrupting effects on the body, a new study is the first of its kind to connect BPA exposure directly to obesity rates in children.
Read More:BPA Levels in Obese Children Twice the Average
August 5th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A new paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine outlines the challenges Americans are facing in winning the battle against the nation’s obesity epidemic—mainly their own denial.
Read More:Denial About Obesity An Epidemic Itself, Researchers Say
February 23rd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
In a move to support the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America campaign, launched out of concern over the rising number of diet-related health issues affecting millions of Americans, particularly the nation’s children, the Mars company has announced a plan to reduce the sizes and calories of its top-selling candy bars by the end of 2013.
Read More:The King (Size) Is Dead: Candy Bar Calorie Max Coming in 2013
December 11th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Don’t ever say that clowns aren’t clever. After San Francisco passed a ban aimed to prevent McDonald’s and other fast-food chains from giving toys away with kids’ meals that do not meet the city’s nutritional standards, the chain has simply started charging a nominal fee for them instead.
Read More:McDonald’s Finds Loophole in SF’s Efforts to Reduce Childhood Obesity