Kids eat more healthful foods during longer, quieter school lunch, a study finds

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: November 27, 2014

It's hard to get kids to eat healthful foods, especially at school. But a new study suggests that, by changing the lunch environment, schools can encourage kids to make better choices without even changing their menus. This study, conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, found that students buying school lunches select a fruit or vegetable only about half the time, and even then most don't eat even a single…

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How some Georgia schools are winning the school lunch war

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: November 23, 2014

Contrary to what you might have heard, Michelle Obama has not destroyed the American school lunch program. In Georgia and across the country, fewer kids are choosing school lunches. Some school nutrition directors say that was caused by meal and price changes required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 for which Obama has been spokeswoman. But some Georgia schools have shown it is possible to meet both the stricter federal nutrition requirements and…

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Kids Obese at Young Age Often Stay That Way, Study Shows

Education & Training Projects Physical Activity Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: November 10, 2014

(HealthDay News) – The vast majority of children who are obese at age 11 are still far too heavy at age 16, new research suggests. Tracking nearly 4,000 children in three U.S. metropolitan areas over five years, researchers found that 83 percent of obese 10th graders had also been obese in fifth grade. Only 12 percent of kids who were obese in fifth grade transitioned to a normal weight over the following half-decade, according to…

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