Posted by Sandy Huisman, MS, RD, LD, Director of Food and Nutrition Management, Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) on September 10, 2014
Although implementing the meal standards has had some challenges, Des Moines Public Schools have been successful in making school meals nutritious and attractive to students by implementing a number of creative solutions and approaches.
Posted by Brooke Hardison, Office of Communications, USDA on September 9, 2014
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from the blog of usda.gov. You can find the original post here.
Over the past four years, USDA has worked closely with schools, parents, community leaders, and nutrition experts to ensure that when children go off to school, they are greeted by a healthier school environment. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, leading to an increase in obesity-related health outcomes in children, including cardiovascular disease, pre-diabetes, and bone and joint problems. Improving school nutrition is vital to reducing childhood obesity, because many children consume half of their daily calories during the school day. Making the healthy choice the easy choice sets our nation’s children up for a lifetime of healthy choices, and supports a healthier next generation. Recently, we've seen evidence that student acceptance of healthier meals is increasing across all grade levels. Today, we are pleased to see the results of the latest poll by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American Heart Association, showing that most parents support the healthier meal and snack standards implemented through the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010. Read more about the results of that study in this blog, cross-posted from the Blog of the American Heart Association.
Posted by Allison Hutchings, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, US Department of Health and Human Services on September 8, 2014
Just for fun, try singing the following words to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”:
Carrots, peas, and broccoli,
vegetables are good for me.
Songs like “The Vegetable Song” are just one of the many creative ways EatPlayGrow™’s action-packed curriculum helps children aged 2 to 5 years learn about nutrition and physical activity.
Posted by Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on September 5, 2014
Ed. Note: This is a cross post from the blog of fitness.gov. You can find the original post here.
As the buzzer sounds on another sizzling summer, kids across America are getting back in the game and gearing up for another school year. Now, instead of days filled with swimming, biking, climbing trees and playing, most kids will spend six to seven hours each day within school walls.
The primary focus of schools is to help students learn and develop foundational skills and knowledge to succeed in life. But with the increasing demands and pressures of improving standardized test scores and grade point averages are we defeating these goals by eliminating or significantly restricting the time students are physically active throughout the school day?
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on September 4, 2014
Hold on to your carrots and apples! Catch all the action as Chloe Grace Moretz, Tyler Posey, and First Lady Michelle Obama star in SNACKPOCALYPSE!
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on September 2, 2014
President Barack Obama has proclaimed September 2014 as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, encouraging Americans to help our youth lead more physically active lifestyles and make healthier food choices.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director, Let's Move! on August 29, 2014
Summer is winding down, and kids across the country have started to head back to school. Over the course of the school year, kids will be spending the majority of their days in school, which provides an important opportunity to ensure that schools foster healthy environments for kids to learn and grow. Offering healthy meal and snack options and ample opportunities for physical activity are critical to their success in school and in life. Quality, nutritious foods help to fuel our performance in anything we do.
Posted by Elyse Cohen, Deputy Director, Let's Move! on August 28, 2014
Last September, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to launch the Drink Up campaign, encouraging everyone to make an easy choice to improve their health and well-being every day: drink more water.
Posted by Kelly Miterko, Deputy Associate Director on August 26, 2014
It’s been a busy summer, and we hope you had the opportunity to enjoy some time outside with family and friends getting active and trying new recipes during summer picnics and events. As the summer winds down, we are calling a challenge for everyone to share their favorite summer salad with us. With so many colorful fruits and vegetables in season this time of year that make for nutritious and delicious salad creations, we want to see what everyone’s been making. Whether you pick your fruits and vegetables straight from your backyard garden, a local farmers market, or your neighborhood store, we're asking you to share your favorite summer salad recipe and photo on Twitter and Instagram using #SummerSalad.
Posted by Kathleen FioRito, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA Food and Nutrition Service & Doreen Simonds, Waterford (MI) Public Schools on August 22, 2014
Doreen Simonds is the Nutrition and Purchasing Services Director for the Waterford Public Schools in Waterford, Michigan. Doreen has been a strong voice for healthier school meals and creative nutrition education strategies. Under her leadership, thirteen of Waterford’s twenty schools have won USDA HealthierUS School Challenge awards. I’d like to share Doreen’s blog below on the importance of teamwork in moving forward on children’s health and nutrition.