nutrition

Mass. District Introduces "Fuel Up to Play 60" Program

On Oct. 24, physical education teacher Kathy Hibbard held a kickoff meeting at Shaker Lane School (Littleton, Mass.) to introduce students and staff to the "Fuel Up to Play 60" program. Sponsored by the NFL and the National Dairy Council and inspired by a number of recent studies connecting good nutrition and exercise with improved academic performance, the program encourages children to make healthy eating choices and to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

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Grants Helping Ga. Schools with Fitness and Nutrition

Georgia health officials have announced North Hall Middle School, Chestnut Mountain Creative School of Inquiry and Black's Mill Elementary School in Dawsonville are among 21 schools that have gotten state grants to help fight childhood obesity.

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Study Finds Healthy Snacks Still Limited In Some U.S. Schools

U.S. school children searching for a healthy snack at school - perhaps an apple or some celery sticks - may find that a bag of potato chips is much easier to come by, a report released on Thursday said.

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Schools Take Aim at Popular Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

School districts in California and New Mexico are trying to ban the popular snack food Flamin’ Hot Cheetos because they say it is a health hazard to students.

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N.H. School Board Member Wonders: Are Healthy Lunches Backfiring in City Schools?

A member of the Board of School Committee said serving healthier meals at lunch is driving students to eat more junk food just to fill up.

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Military Leaders Blame School Vending Machines in U.S. Fat Fight

Former U.S. military leaders have identified a latent threat to the potential for a leaner, more agile fighting force: the school vending machine.

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Iowa Schools Struggle with Debt from Unpaid Lunches

School districts in Iowa, among other places, are facing a delicate balancing act: Find a way to collect past-due balances for school meals while ensuring that students don’t go hungry.

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High Mercury Levels Prompt Schools to Can Tuna from Lunches

A coalition of consumer groups is recommending the U.S. Department of Agriculture get tuna out of school lunchrooms after tests of canned tuna sold to schools found highly variable levels of mercury, in some cases higher than federal guidelines.

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Schools Should Prepare for Allergies

In a typical classroom of 20 children, one is likely to have a food allergy that could cause a severe reaction. And one in six children with a food allergy will have his or her first allergic reaction at school.

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NYC Takes Fat Out of School Lunches and Leaves Students With Too Few Calories

Worried that children were losing the war on obesity, New York City began to slim down its school lunch offerings several years ago, replacing fries with baked potato strips and introducing nonfat chocolate milk, whole grain pasta and salad bars, among other tweaks.

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