Content tagged "parents of school aged children"

An Overview of Snack Policy and a la Carte Guidelines for School Food

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

Tired of seeing your kids snack on chips and soda because those are the options in school vending machines? The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 funds...

Think Breakfast!-- Increasing Breakfast Consumption in New York State

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We have all heard that obesity is becoming epidemic among our children. We all want...

Power Up with Breakfast for a Winning School Day

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

Do you dream of a low cost, easy way to help students who struggle achieve academic success? One answer may be as close as the school cafeteria breakfast...

Breakfast and the Brain: How Eating Breakfast Impacts School Performance

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

The claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day has an abundance of sound science behind it. A brief compiled by the Food Research and Action...

Help Reduce Food Allergens in the Classroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 30, 2016

Many practices in school classrooms put students with food allergies at risk. Simple solutions can greatly reduce the risk of allergic reaction. The first...

Milk Substitutes in School Meals

Food allergies affect about four to six percent of children and milk allergies are one of the most common food allergies. Cow’s milk is a nutritious beverage...

How to Talk to Your Child’s School about Food Allergies

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 30, 2016

If your child has food allergies, it is important to ensure your child’s needs are being met at school. The following information is intended to help you...

Consider School Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 30, 2016

Some parents of children with a food allergy or allergies prefer that their child eat only food prepared at home. However it is important to note that...

Working with Schools to Address Special Dietary Needs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 30, 2016

It can be difficult to control what foods your children have access to at school, but proactive measures can be taken to ensure your child’s dietary needs...

Celebrate the Healthy Way: Tips for Year-Round Classroom Parties

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 30, 2016

We all love a good celebration. Friends, fun, and food are the key staples to any good party. Parents not only want children to have a good time and make...

Off to the Market: Visiting a Farmers Market with Children

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

From sweet, juicy berries to crisp, tangy kale, fresh and healthy foods are bountiful at farmers’ markets.  While adults may focus on their shopping list,...

Children’s Personalities Impact How Much Food They Request

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 24, 2016

As a parent, it may come as no surprise that your child’s personality affects how he or she interact with his or her environment. For example, Chloe is...

Join Your Child at School Lunch

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 24, 2016

With school, extra-curricular activities, and the constant distraction of technology, children today are busier than ever.  Unfortunately, this often means...

Can Concession Stands Profit from a Healthy Makeover?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 24, 2016

Nachos, hot-dogs, and buttered popcorn: what do these foods have in common? They are all American sporting event concession stand classics! Concession stands...

Avoid the Holiday Hiatus from Health – and Start the New Year Right!

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 24, 2016

December is often the month where we indulge in a variety of holiday goodies, but with a little awareness about common pitfalls, you can resolve to get your...

The BreakfastFirst Campaign in California

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

BackgroundThe BreakfastFirst Campaign is a three year initiative to help California's students reach their full potential and California's schools maximize...

From Plant to Plate: Benefits of Farm to School Programs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

There are many farm-to-school programs, at the national, state, and regional level. The overarching objectives of these programs are uniform; to incorporate...

Growing Strong and Healthy: How to Create and Maintain a Healthy Food Environment at Home

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

With busy schedules it’s often a challenge to find time to plan meals, feed the family and still get our to-do lists completed.  The simplicity of fast-food...

Healthy Fundraising

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 04, 2016

Promoting healthy behaviors outside of the classroom is a natural way to encourage hands-on learning; why then, do we use candy and other sweets to raise...

Kids in the Kitchen

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

A recent study of parents and their 6-10 year old children found that involving kids in meal preparation promotes healthy eating habits, specifically by...

Fruits and Veggies on the Move: Fun Tips for the Park, Beach and Picnic Basket

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

During the warmer months of spring, summer and fall, many families are on the move to the great outdoors. During vacations, weekends, and free time during...

Try It, You’ll Like It! Encouraging Youth to Eat What They Grow in the Garden

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

School gardens are a huge trend.  They allow youth to build skills in science while encouraging healthy eating habits and getting youths to “eat their...

Develop Your Summer Maintenance Plan for School Gardens

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

School gardens are a popular tool used by many schools to promote healthful eating, teach nutrition lessons, and promote physical fitness by getting kids...

School Gardens Promote Healthier Eating and Better Learning

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

Hands-on learning provides students with the know how to apply their lessons to real-life situations. Nutrition education may be a component of your school’s...

Who is Eligible to Participate in Federally Funded School Food Programs?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 19, 2016

The Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers several child nutrition programs including the the National...

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