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Posted by Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., R.D., FDA Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor on October 22, 2010
No matter what you pack in your children’s lunches, you’ll score an ‘A’ if you do three things: As a parent, practice healthful eating yourself, involve your kids in food shopping and meal preparation, and enjoy at least one meal a day with your kids.
Posted by Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior on October 22, 2010
Many of us tend to think of our national parks as remote destinations – spectacular sites that require families to travel great lengths to enjoy. While some parks do meet this description (the main entrance to the Grand Canyon is 80 miles away from the nearest major airport!), there are many great national parks located near or in our major urban centers.
Posted by Billie Jean King, Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition on October 22, 2010
One of the highlights of my year is attending the Women’s Sports Foundation’s (WSF) Annual Salute to Women in Sports.  It is so inspiring to have over 60 Olympic and professional athletes gathered in one room.  Michelle Kwan (figure skating) and Allyson Felix (track & field), fellow members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, were there.  Laila Ali (boxing), Gretchen Bleiler (snowboarding), Alana Nichols (Paralympic skiing and basketball), Jessica Mendoza (softball) and so many more.
Posted by Shirley Blakely, Ph.D., R.D., FDA Senior Nutrition Policy Advisor on October 22, 2010
A quick breakfast can be healthy if you look at it as the first piece of that day’s nutrition puzzle. Hot and cold breakfast cereals are fast and easy. Pair a bowl of oatmeal or cereal with low fat milk and banana slices or blueberries, and you’ve gotten the day off to a pretty good start.
Posted by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan on October 21, 2010
When we think about childhood obesity, most of us think of kids playing video games or eating sugary, unhealthy food.  Less obvious — but not less important — is the impact a child’s neighborhood has on his or her health – and whether it offers them the opportunities they need to walk, run, and play.  Indeed, children in neighborhoods that lack sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, and community centers have up to 45 percent higher odds of becoming obese or overweight.
Posted on October 21, 2010
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and Yum-O! This is a great way to fill up a thermos! Orzo’s shape is fun, and so is rolling the little meatballs!  Serving Size Makes 2 big thermosfuls Ingredients
Posted on October 21, 2010
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and Yum-O! Try this no-cook salad for supper, too! Young cooks can help mix all the ingredients together. Serving Size Serves 4 Ingredients
Posted on October 21, 2010
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and Yum-O!  Today, lunchtime will be interactive and dip-a-licious! Serving Size Serves 1 Ingredients
Posted on October 21, 2010
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and Yum-O! Why take lunch kits from the store when you can pack up this healthy chicken salad in just a few minutes? You'll have fun putting together this interactive, "DIY" meal right at school! You can get creative and add or swap in a variety of additional ingredients, such as tofu instead of Rach's Baked Chicken Tenders, or sliced grapes. Serving Size Serves 1
Posted on October 20, 2010
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and Yum-O! For a thermos that rocks, try this soup! Serving Size Serves 1 Ingredients
Posted on October 20, 2010
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and Yum-O! Sushi gets a whole new look with these easy roll-ups. They're an energizing snack and work well in your lunch box, too. Serving Size Serves 4-6 Ingredients
Posted by Kori Schulman on October 20, 2010
Last week was National School Lunch Week, an opportunity to recognize the talent and dedication of all the food service professionals, educators, chefs and parents who help ensure America's students have the healthy food they need to grow and succeed. Continuing the commitment to healthy lunch, our friends at Rachael Ray's Yum-o! Organization sent over some of their favorite lunchtime recipes.
Posted on October 20, 2010
Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray and Yum-O! You'll look forward to having this wrap for lunch all morning long! Ask your grown-up helper (GH) to help you by preparing the instant rice, maybe while they make their morning coffee. Serves 1 Ingredients:
Posted by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on October 19, 2010
It was an unusual chant for a schoolyard: “Salad! Salad! Salad!” But that’s what I heard from the students at Fremont Elementary in Long Beach, California as they cheered the opening of the school’s – and region’s – very first school salad bar.
Posted by Ali Kelley, Special Assistant to the Director, National Park Service on October 19, 2010
Families in Natchez, Mississippi know how to get moving outside, and make the most of the special places in their community. The Mississippi River Connections Collaboration, which includes the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service, recently hosted “Let’s Move Outside Southwest Mississippi,” a daylong celebration of healthy, outdoor recreation. Hundreds of people from Adams and surrounding counties came to Natchez – a city of roughly 20,000 people along the Mississippi River – to participate in multiple activities and explore the area’s famous historical sites.