The Answer Sheet: nutrition


Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/12/2010

Palin: Parents should decide what kids eat in school

An effort by the Pennsylvania Board of Education to encourage public schools to limit sweets and introduce more healthy foods has attracted an unlikely critic: Sarah Palin.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  banning sweets, child nutrition act, cookies, michelle obama, nutrition, nutrition guidelines, obesity, obesity epidemic, palin cookies, pennsylvania board of education, sarah palin, school breakfast, school lunch

Posted at 08:13 AM ET, 11/11/2010

Yes, you can teach kids to eat broccoli

I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it, but at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington D.C., chef Lisa Dobbs runs a food program that has young students relishing broccoli, tilapia encrused with panko, boureks with beef or vegetables, and other foods not commonly embraced by kids.

By Valerie Strauss  |  08:13 AM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  bill shore, charter schools, child nutrition act, elsie whitlow stokes, first lady michelle obama, jeff bridges, lisa dobbs, michelle obama, nutrition education, obesity, school lunch, share our strength, stokes charter school, whole foods

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 10/21/2010

Kudos for D.C. school meal program but hold applause for Congress

D.C. public schools officials deserve an ovation for a new program to feed dinner to about 10,000 students in an effort to help improve childhood nutrition and ensure that kids don’t go hungry. But let's hold the applause for Congress.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:41 AM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, D.C. Schools | Tags:  d.c. schools, dinners at school, food stamps, healthy meals, hunger, michelle rhee, nutrition, obama administration, school breakfast, school dinners, school lunch, school meals, school nutrition act

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 07/15/2010

Fairfax schools' food program named nation’s best

Good news for Fairfax County Public Schools: It’s nutrition program was named best in the country by the School Nutrition Association. What makes it so good.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:03 PM ET, 07/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  fairfax nutrition program, fairfax wins award, meals in fairfax schools, school meal planning, school meals, school nutrition association

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/30/2010

School junk food ban works, study finds

Banning junk food from schools actually does have a beneficial effect on students, a new research study shows.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:04 AM ET, 05/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health, Health | Tags:  banning junk food, healthy school breakfasts, healthy school lunches, nutrition policies, research on junk food, school lunches, school nutrition policies, study on banning junk food, university of nebraska-lincoln

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 11/20/2009

The (somewhat strange) List: Foods banned by law in school cafeterias

When I think about the “foods of minimal nutritional value” that are banned from school cafeterias by federal law, the first thing that pops into my mind is a doughnut, one made delicious by hideous amounts of fat and sugar. But when I was researching school nutrition on the Agriculture Department's website, I came across the list and discovered doughnuts aren’t on it. Soda water is, though. So are cough drops. Here's the list.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 11/20/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Health | Tags:  school nutrition