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October 18, 2010
Ask an Expert: My daughter hardly has time to eat lunch.
Is your son or daughter a slow eater? Get some great lunch ideas from EdNews Parent nutrition expert Julie Hammerstein, who responds in text and video to the latest question from a Colorado parent whose daughter hardly has enough time to eat lunch at school.
October 18, 2010
Healthier school menus not enough
A report finds schools need to do more - gardens, hands-on cooking - than redesign lunch menus to influence students' dietary habits.
October 13, 2010
Week of 10/11/10: Healthy schools wrap-up
Boulder Valley students "shoot for the moon" as they walk and bike to school all week. How you, too, can celebrate National School Lunch Week. (Have you tried the food at your kid's school yet?) Maybe it's time to bring in a top chef who also reads stories to kids. Read about that, too, and about the mind games the government is testing out to get children to pick healthier lunch tray options.
October 11, 2010
Ask an Expert: My kid refuses to eat hot lunch at school.
EdNews Parent expert and "renegade lunch lady" Ann Cooper talks about how parents can encourage their children to try the lunches sold at school - assuming you feel like there are healthy options. Somehow, parents have to overcome the $20 billion per year spent on marketing junk food to kids.
October 7, 2010
Ask an Expert: Why school lunch times are so short.
One expert has already tackled this question about the short amount of time students have to eat lunch at school. Now EdNews Parent expert and head of Boulder Valley's nutritional services, Ann Cooper, explains why lunch times are so short and why that's not a good thing.
October 1, 2010
Healthy schools: News wrap up
Learn more about why a revamped child nutrition bill championed by First Lady Michelle Obama stalled in the House this week. And find out more about International Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 6.
September 29, 2010
Tag at recess good; corndogs in the cafeteria bad
Read about a new Children's Hospital Boston study ranking recess games based upon how much kids like playing them and how many calories they burn. And read this CNN report on the pending National School Lunch program.
September 24, 2010
News mixed on healthy school lunches
Lots of news bubbling up on the health schools front this week - both good and not-so-good. A recent story in the Daily Camera finds that the Boulder Valley School District's ambitious plan to switch to healthy foods made from scratch is losing money and still generating criticism that the food is too bland. See this video shot by EdNews Parent intern Alex McNa about the challenges of scratch cooking. But a recent study by researchers at UC Berkeley found that changes to school lunches made students more knowledgeable about how to eat better outside of school.
September 22, 2010
VIDEO: School lunch reformer Ann Cooper gives parents tips
She calls herself the Renegade Lunch Lady, but all she really wants is for all kids to be able to eat a healthy lunch at school. Are you fed up with the offerings at your child's school? Nationally renown school lunch reformer Ann Cooper, who lives right here in Colorado, offers up some practical tips for parents, including grants for free salad bars.
August 18, 2010
New school lunch guidelines discussed
New York Daily News: This summer, government officials are trying to improve school lunches with the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. The law, which passed in 2004, is up for a five-year renewal in Congress and aims to make school lunches more nutritious and accessible.
April 1, 2010
McDonald’s Mondays, Wall Street bailout of student Metrocards, and a UFT contract for Apple
We asked Twitter followers to submit headlines for April Fool's Day. One reader suggested "UFT unveils iPad contract." Another wrote, "Wall Street announces plan to fund student Metrocards w/ bonuses, stating, 'This is our first step to repayment.'" And now the Department of Education's press office has turned in its contribution: CHANCELLOR KLEIN AND RONALD MCDONALD ANNOUNCE NEW CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES McDonald's and TGI Friday's Among Corporate Titans Participating in New Sponsorship Initiative Megadeals Will Help Close Department's Projected $1.2 Billion Budget Shortfall Fast Food Companies To Modify Recipes To Meet Department's Strict Food Guidelines
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