Chocolate Milk to be Banned from School Lunches

With childhood obesity rates at an all time high, school lunches are under the microscope again. Many young students eat breakfast and lunch at school resulting in most calories being consumed away from home. Experts know that providing healthy choices at school will inevitably have an impact for students buying school meals. The newest debate on the table revolves around the nutritional benefits of chocolate milk.

Nutritionists and childhood obesity advocates argue that chocolate milk is nothing more than soda in disguise. In an effort to cut out unnecessary calories it is suggested that chocolate milk be taken off the school lunch menu. Nearly 70% of all milk consumed in schools is flavored milk, including chocolate and strawberry. By giving children the option for flavored milks “We’ve taught them to drink chocolate milk, so we can unteach them that,” director of nutritional services for Boulder Valley School District Anne Cooper told USA Today.

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Kansas State Nutrition Professor Loses 27 Pounds on Twinkie Diet

College campuses can often be a place where new research is conducted on various relevant topics. In some cases, students are researching for an assignment, or in others, professors are researching for a lesson plan.

One research experiment that is getting a considerable amount of buzz was conducted by Professor Mark Haub of Kansas State University. Professor Haub wanted to prove that losing weight is a matter of burning more calories than you consume, so he went on a special diet that included various sweet treats like Twinkies, nutty bars and powdered donuts. He wanted to prove that all you need to be successful at weight loss is to count your calories and the nutritional content of the food you eat is overshadowed when you properly restrict your calories. Read the rest of this entry »

Fuel Up to Play 60 Boosts Funding for Healthy Kids

fuel up to play 60Fuel Up to Play 60, the in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council, local Dairy Councils and the National Football League, in collaboration with United States Department, just announced that it is adding more money to its nationwide funding initiative for K-12 schools enrolled in the school wellness program.

Fuel Up to Play 60 shares the same sentiments as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, namely to prevent childhood obesity by encouraging young Americans to move more and choose healthier foods.

The new and increased funding initiative provides money to help schools jump-start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Eligible schools can apply for up to $3,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students.

Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers students to engage their peers to “fuel up” with nutrient-rich foods they often lack – particularly low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains – and “get up and play” with 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

Interested in knowing how Fuel Up to Play 60 can benefit you? Read on. Read the rest of this entry »

Teacher Raises Awareness for School Lunches

fed up with school lunchSchool cafeterias. Not one of our fondest memories from grade school. From the dried up tator tots to the lumpy mashed potatoes, school lunches need as much of a makeover as many of the country’s public education school districts.

In recent years, school lunches have been under the radar screen for their nutrition content. And after evaluations, many school lunch programs have received failing report card grades. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make School Lunch Healthy and Affordable

sack lunchIf your child’s lunch isn’t part of your back to school plans, consider putting it on the list. While the lunches at school are often more convenient and maybe even more affordable for some, they are generally void of nutrition. School cafeterias dish out as much processed food as a fast-food restaurant, only they try to pass it off as a balanced meal. Corn dogs, football game-style nachos, fruit cocktail, french fries and even those frozen PBJs are common players on the cafeteria tray.

Fuel your child’s body to get through reading, writing and even recess with a wholesome lunch. Shop smart for more nutritious foods and you’ll be able to fill a lunch box in a healthy and affordable way.

  • Buy a reusable lunch container. It’s more environmentally sound and you don’t have to keep paying for new bags. Plus, the insulated bags allow you to pack fresh items. Read the rest of this entry »

Vending Machines in Schools Dangerous to Students’ Health

An estimated three quarters of America’s middle schools have vending machines stocked full of snacks and sodas. Most contain items loaded with sugar, fat, and carbohydrates, some with up to 300-400 calories. This in a nation where roughly one out of three children is considered overweight, putting them at an elevated risk for obesity and diabetes.vending machine

The study, of 1,420 vending machines in 251 schools, was organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI contends that all foods sold out of vending machines, school stores, and other venues outside of the official school lunch program should make positive contributions to children’s diets and health. Read the rest of this entry »

Eating Healthy in the College Cafeteria

We’ve all heard of the Freshman 15, but being able to outsmart the empty calories lurking on college campuses can mean a healthy freshman year. The college cafeteria is one place that can make or break healthy habits. Be sure to watch portion sizes, try to limit number of trips in the all-you-can settings and eat a variety of colorful, nutritious foods.

This Health and Wellness coordinator shares tips on navigating the cafeteria so that you can avoid campus weight gain.

You can also check out The Dorm Room Diet, by Dr. Oz’s daughter Daphne Oz. She shares her experience as a freshman and how she managed to eat healthy, even when all odds pointed against.


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