Posts Tagged ‘school nutrition’

Understanding the Legacy of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids

August 13, 2021 — A decade has passed since President Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law. In this time of great polarization, any big policy decision can generate controversy and this one is no exception. The purpose was to improve the quality of nutrition provided in school lunch and breakfast program, But some want to […]

Policy-Based Evidence for School Nutrition

July 8, 2020 — If you work with the numbers long enough, you can get the answer you want. In Health Affairs, researchers claim to have found “a 47 percent reduction in obesity prevalence” due to the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Now that’s impressive evidence for the value of school nutrition! Reducing childhood obesity prevalence is indeed an impressive […]

School Nutrition Roll Back Ruled Out

April 15, 2020 — With Sonny Perdue at the helm of the USDA, the Trump administration was ready for white bread and salt to make a comeback in school lunches. Back in 2018, the agency issued rules to roll back school nutrition standards for whole grains and sodium. But yesterday, a federal court nixed it. Apparently, the agency broke […]

Solving the Problem of Too Many Fruits and Veggies at School

January 21, 2020 — Late last week (we call it a Friday news dump) the USDA proposed new rules for school nutrition. The administration calls it regulatory reform. Flexibility to reduce food waste. But childhood nutrition advocates call it a move for more pizza and fewer veggies at school. USDA says it “did not intentionally announce this proposed rule […]

Dream Come True: More White Bread for School Lunch

December 9, 2018 — The plan to “make school lunches great again” is complete. The USDA has announced its final plans to lower the nutrition standards for school cafeterias. That means more sodium, more white bread, and more sugar-sweetened milk will be A-OK with the USDA. Completely Unsurprising Anyone who’s surprised by this needs to get out from under […]

School Nutrition: Take It with a Grain of Salt

May 2, 2017 — Is human nutrition now a political issue? It seems so. In his first week on the job, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue dined on chicken nuggets at a Virginia elementary school. Then he announced he is easing back on school nutrition standards. This administration will “make school meals great again,” he proclaimed. Careful Praise for Michelle Obama Perdue offered […]

School Food Policies: Good News, Bad News

May 6, 2015 — In JAMA Pediatrics this week, we got some good news and bad news about school food policies. The good news is that laws and regulations to remove junk foods from schools might indeed be helpful. The bad news is that the benefits appear to be unevenly distributed. Kids with social and economic disadvantages might not get much […]

Free Us from School Nutrition

May 26, 2014 — Politicians are playing with food lately, or more specifically with school nutrition standards. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act became law and USDA standards for more nutritious foods at school have been taking effect ever since then. Approximately 90% of schools are meeting these higher standards, says the USDA. But with backing from some […]

Smart School Cafeterias: Nudging Kids for Better Choices

June 10, 2013 — “It’s not nutrition until it’s eaten.” That’s the philosophy for school food choices of Andrew Hanks, a behavioral economist at Cornell University, and his colleagues Brian Wansink and David Just. New nutritional guidelines, published in 2012, require school cafeterias to offer more whole grains, low-fat milk, and fruits and vegetables. But offering doesn’t always equate […]