February 25th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Facing a decline in milk consumption in our nation’s schools, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is hoping to add artificial sweeteners to boost its flavor appeal and increase sales.
Read More:Artificial Sweeteners in Kids’ Milk? Dairy Group Hopes So
February 5th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Efforts to improve the diets of America’s children have led the USDA to create its latest weapon in the fight against childhood obesity: the Smart Snacks in School rule.
Read More:Expelled! USDA Boots Junk Foods from Nation’s Schools
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
June 18th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Martha Payne, the 9-year old Scottish student that started the blog Never Seconds, which went viral in a matter of weeks, was forbidden to bring a camera into school, where she was photographing her school lunches for the blog before having the ban swiftly uplifted after word hit the Web.
Read More:9-Year Old’s Blog Banned/Unbanned Over School Meal Reviews
May 25th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Kids today. Don’t underestimate the power of our internet tools when wielded by the hands of children. A nine-year old Scottish girl has created quite a buzz with her blog, NeverSeconds.
Read More:9-Year-Old Blogger Making Changes In School Lunches
December 1st, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
After the recent declaration by members of Congress that pizza served throughout the nation’s school lunch programs should be considered a vegetable (because of the negligible amount of tomato paste in pizza sauce) despite efforts of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act also passed by Congress last year requiring schools to provide more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, California schools continue to lead the nation in focusing on the health of children by providing exceptionally clean food for students and not including pizza on the list of vegetables.
Read More:California Leads the Charge in Creating Healthy School Lunches
November 18th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
The newest version of a proposed Congressional spending bill will classify pizza and French fries served as part of school lunches as vegetables, reports the Associated Press.
Read More:Congress Considers Pizza and French Fries Vegetables to Avoid Funding Healthy School Lunches
April 14th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
With a number of regulatory efforts underway to guarantee that school lunches are becoming more nutritious, one obvious issue had been overlooked until now: the brown bag.
Read More:Forget the Juice Box: Brown Bag Lunches Banned from Schools