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More New York schools ditch Michelle Obama's totalitarian school lunch scheme

9/12/2014 - Forget what Michelle Obama has to say about nutrition -- we're going back to the old ways. This is what two more school districts in New York recently decided after witnessing major financial losses and starving students who simply can't stomach the First Dictator's obtuse guidelines for "healthy" school...

10 helpful parenting tips for preparing a healthy school lunch

8/20/2014 - As parents begin sending their children back to public school, some are choosing to bypass the cafeteria's pre-planned food schedule, opting to pack their own lunch instead. A nonprofit food science organization, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has put together a list of helpful tips to help...

Students flood social media with complaints about Michelle Obama's school lunch fiasco

4/24/2014 - Outraged over mandatory new school lunch guidelines that restrict caloric intake to a mere 850 calories per meal, as well as cut out all sorts of common foods in the process, a groundswell of public school students has taken to social media in protest of Michelle Obama's infamous school lunch overhaul....

Cafeteria manager suspended after taking away food trays from elementary kids

2/17/2014 - There has been an effort to make school lunches more nutritious over the past decade or so, and that's a good thing, considering the epidemic of childhood obesity that has gripped the nation. There is still a long way to go, but at least as a nation we seem to be headed in the right direction. That...

School administrators throw food away, waste tax dollars, let kids go hungry to make parents pay

2/7/2014 - A Utah elementary school made international headlines recently after it was reported that administrators there starved out about 40 students whose lunch funds were lacking. According to The Salt Lake Tribune (SLT), cafeteria workers at Uintah Elementary School were forced to seize and toss the pizza...

One-third of children's lunch boxes contain toxic lead

1/15/2014 - Environmental regulations since the 1970s have helped to rein in lead, following its universal recognition as a probable human carcinogen and powerful neurotoxin worth avoiding as much as possible. The elimination of lead-based gasoline and paint, as well as the phasing out of numerous industrial and...

Schools drop out of healthy lunch program citing decreased revenue

9/18/2013 - The Associated Press has reported that, after only one year, several schools may be dropping out of the healthy federal lunch program, a program that requires school meals to meet specific sodium and calorie intakes. Schools who follow these requirements, laid out by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act...

Good health comes down to three things, breakfast, lunch and dinner

9/9/2013 - By any measure, the world's health is failing. We spend far more on health care each year and very little on disease prevention. To make matters worse, we are leading our youth down a path of disease earlier and earlier in their lives. Kids are overweight or are at a risk of becoming overweight and...

Soy-based lunch kills 22 children in India: Have GMOs and pesticides become instant killers?

7/20/2013 - At least 22 children in India have died as a result of eating soy-based school lunches served to them in the country's Bihar state, according to new reports. The tainted lunches, which were loaded with genetically-modified (GM) soybeans and pesticide chemical residues, were given to the student victims...

New York public school system drops Michelle Obama's government lunch standards after students complain of starvation

7/19/2013 - A $3.2 billion public school lunch scheme devised by Michelle Obama has been axed from at least one public school system in New York after students forced to eat according to the new standards were literally starving. According to reports, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (BH-BL) School District near Schenectady...

Is the Fed forcing junk food on school children?

2/17/2013 - A pepperoni pizza? Or maybe southern fried chicken? How about crinkled French fries? A sugary soda pop? Whatever they may have eaten, kid's choices seem to be mandated by the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which in turn, is funded by the federal government, but run by the Food and Nutrition...

Patient dies after surgeon takes lunch break during kidney operation

9/15/2012 - A Swedish man who last year was admitted to the hospital to have a tumor removed from his kidney is now dead, not because of the tumor or the procedure, but because his anesthetist and nurse decided to take their lunch breaks right in the middle of the operation. Sweden's The Local reports that the...

Nine-year-old girl's lunch blog shames school and local politicians into making changes

6/19/2012 - A nine-year-old Scottish girl, Martha Payne, got some help from her dad to set up her blog "Never Seconds," in which she displayed her school's lunches and created her own content about them. Although the photos of those meals were not flattering, Martha was not decrying her school's food. Instead,...

Easy quinoa bowls for lunch or dinner

4/14/2012 - Quinoa continues to rise in popularity not only as a vegan staple, but also in the non-vegan or vegetarian population. It is not only a delicious and relatively inexpensive source of fiber and protein but it is also incredibly diverse. The following are some quinoa bowl recipes that are easy and...

Parents protest freedom-crushing food police who search lunch bags of schoolchildren

3/2/2012 - In response to a recent incident in North Carolina where government food police confiscated a four-year-old's homemade lunch and forced her to eat processed chicken nuggets, a group of parents recently held a "lunch-in" at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., to take a stand for food freedom. Organized...

U.S. schoolchildren now subjected to sack lunch searches by government agents who enforce nutritional insanity

2/15/2012 - First it was the TSA searching your underpants at the airport, claiming to be protecting you from "terrorists." Now a local elementary school in North Carolina is searching the homemade lunches of schoolchildren with the goal of forcing children to ditch their nutritious, home-made meals and learn to...

Government overhaul of school lunch program will not affect the rising rate of obesity in children

2/10/2012 - The National School Lunch Program announced its decision to raise nutrition standards for school children across the United States. This is the first implemented change to the program in 15 years. Led by First Lady Michelle Obama, the claimed goal of her "Let's Move" campaign is to curb the rise in...

School Lunch Programs Begin to Change Their Menus for the Better

10/5/2010 - While there is plenty of room for improvement, changes across the nation in local school lunch programs can give parents hope. It wasn't long ago that Morgan Spurlock, in his documentary film Super Size Me, pointed out the sad state of most public school lunch programs. He found that many children...

Schoolchildren have access to milk and sugary drinks at lunch, but not water

9/25/2010 - Some school districts around the country have taken drastic measures to improve childhood health by banning sugary soda beverages from their cafeterias, but according to the Los Angeles Times millions of California schoolchildren -- and probably millions of children in other states as well -- currently...

Two of the best and greenest reusable food container brands

5/29/2010 - Many health-conscious individuals understand the value in preparing healthy food at home for both themselves and their children. Not only is this practice economical, but it provides a superior option to fast food and school lunchroom fare. In response to this growing trend, many companies have begun...

School Lunch: Where the Real Weapons of Mass Destruction Lie (Opinion)

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Six Ways to Save Money on Healthy Meals

2/19/2009 - Concerned about sacrificing your healthy diet to today's difficult economy? According to the International Herald Tribune, "The Department of Agriculture forecasts that food prices will jump by 4 percent or 5 percent in 2009, compared with 5.5 percent this year. Some predict much steeper increases."...

The Ten Best Things to Pack in a School Lunch for a Healthy Punch

9/9/2008 - With all the attention from the media, activist moms, and health advocates, most people today are aware that the quality of school lunches is lacking in... well, quality. Most people would be hard pressed to differentiate between a fruit and a vegetable, no less what kind of meat is actually on that...

School Lunch in the Era of Processed Food: To Buy or Not to Buy?

2/28/2008 - This should not even be a question for most parents. But, unfortunately it is. When asked what she thought of the school lunch program in public schools, Camele McIntosh, certified holistic health practitioner and store manager for Harvest Health Foods in Grand Rapids, Michigan, responded, "Disgusting....

Mid-Day Nourishment: Three Best and Worst Lunch Choices for Health

2/19/2008 - Monday, January 7th, 2008 marked the beginning of an era of healthy eating for high school students in Quebec, Canada. The provincial government in Quebec implemented new food regulations that prohibit high school students from having access to soft drinks, diet products, sugary beverages, and deep-fried...

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