Apr 2, 2013 — Even if you give kids a more healthful school lunch, you can't force them to eat it. You can, however, make small changes to layout and presentation that will make options like fruits and vegetables more appealing to kids, say behavioral economists.
Mar 6, 2013 — By adding artificial sweeteners to flavored milk, the dairy industry hopes to boost flagging consumption in schools. But if the industry gets its way, the front-of-the-package labels wouldn't note that it's "diet milk."
Feb 1, 2013 — The proposed rules would limit snacks to a maximum of 200 calories and promote options like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Experts say this many fewer calories each day, over years, can add up to big calorie savings.
Jan 29, 2013 — In Japanese culture, how food looks can be as important as how it tastes — a lesson children learn from a very early age. From children's television and toys to school lunches, the visual delights of food are never far from sight.
Dec 28, 2012 — "If it's not me, who's it going to be?" asks Colorado school cafeteria manager Kathy Del Tonto. After serving processed foods in her cafeterias for years, she realized that reducing childhood obesity can begin with her. She now has the lunch ladies making 95 percent of meals from scratch.
Sep 28, 2012 — Federal guidelines introduced in The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 have started to go into effect this school year. That means lunches feature more fruits and vegetables, and fewer processed foods. It's a big change for students who are used to tater tots and pizza.
May 10, 2012 — California teens eat about 158 calories less a day than their peers in other states, a new study says. But even that tiny amount of fewer calories per kid can help them maintain healthy weights over time, experts say.
Apr 9, 2012 — More families in financial stress are relying on schools to feed their children breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the past few years, a federally subsidized school dinner program has spread from six to all 50 states.
Apr 6, 2012 — The program, which is run by engineers, currently feeds 1.3 million children, making it one of the largest school lunch programs in the world. The program is so cost-effective it's become a Harvard Business School case study.
Mar 15, 2012 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it believes beef trimmings known officially as "Lean Finely Textured Beef" are safe to eat. Nonetheless, it announced that owing to "customer demand" it will give schools the chance to opt out of it in the next school year.