Content tagged "parents of school aged children"

Balancing Sweets & Treats in a Healthy Diet: Why Restriction Won't Work

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 23, 2014

All things in moderation: A mantra that always seems to come back when we talk about healthy eating.At Pennsylvania State University, preschoolers were...

Tips for Packing Quick Healthy Lunches

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 19, 2014

Are your kids tired of eating PB&J every day?  Do you dread packing lunches? Packing lunch does not have to be a chore. You and your kids can follow these...

School's Out: Implementing Successful Summer Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 26, 2014

USDA’s Summer Meal Programs, which include the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option can help...

Don’t Lick the Plate! Why Encouraging Kids to Clean the Plate can Backfire

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Finish everything on your plate, is a common house hold rule. What many parents don’t realize is that this rule might cause negative eating behaviors in the...

Meals at Home Keep Families Healthy & Close

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

It is significantly less common for families to eat meals together now than it was a few decades ago. In her article, “A Family That Eats Together…Stays...

Let’s Go! Improving School Meals – Lessons From the Field

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

 Let’s Go! Background:Let’s Go! is a nationally-recognized childhood obesity prevention program committed to significantly decreasing childhood obesity rates...

How Parents Can Help Promote Participation in the School Lunch Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Every parent desires for their children to succeed in school and have good health.  Part of establishing and maintaining good health is making healthy food...

The Frazer Eagle Café- Smarter Lunchroom Makeover Soars in Syracuse

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

It’s a bird, it’s a plane- no, it’s the Frazer Eagle Café!  -  the first of its kind  in the 28-building urban district- and its kids are soaring over the...

An Introduction to Share Our Strength

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

BackgroundShare Our Strength began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the ‘84-‘85 famine in Ethiopia. Moved by the...

Making “Smarter Schools” Healthier with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

As many schools are implementing the Smarter Lunchrooms initiative and nudging students toward healthier choices, take a minute to think about what is...

Building in Choices for Kids in Lyons, NY

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Over the years, food service personnel in Lyons Central School District (LCSD), located in Wayne County, NY, have worked very hard to make sure the...

Involvement with School Meals—A Winning Choice for All!

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Parents, guardians, and grandparents are crucial partners in helping children make nutritious food choices at school. Getting involved with your children’s...

Make an Impact with the Healthier School US Challenge

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

The Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recognize schools who...

Lunch from Home or Lunch from School: Which Leads to a Healthier Student?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 10, 2014

Does eating school lunch versus a home-packed lunch impact how much a student eats throughout the rest of the day?  Cornell researchers set out to answer...

3 Ways Nutrition Influences Student Learning Potential and School Performance

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 26, 2014

 Advocates of child health have experimented with students’ diets in the United States for more than twenty years.  Initial studies focused on benefits of...

Big Idea: Non-Monetary Incentives can be used to improve food choices in after-school programs in grades 1-8

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 26, 2014

Useful for: After-school program coordinators, school administrators, teachersWhy is it Important?Incentives have been used in other contexts to ‘nudge’...

Lunch Money Lessons: Paying Cash Leads to Healthier Choices in School Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 27, 2014

Gone are the days of lost or forgotten lunch money! Over 60% of schools currently use electronic debit systems where students can simply enter their account...

The Consequences of Banning Chocolate Milk from School Cafeterias

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 28, 2014

For many children eating school lunch, chocolate milk is a standard choice.  Since children generally don’t choose foods for health, but rather for taste,...

How Texture and Mouth-feel Impact Food Preference

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 25, 2014

Food manufacturers offer products with different textural properties to appeal to various consumer preferences. For instance, Ore-Ida offers many variations...

How to Help Your Child Make Healthy Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 26, 2014

Guiding Healthier Choices in Schools: The Case of Choice Architecture vs. Choice Restrictions

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 26, 2014

 Recall your childhood, or even think back to recent interactions with your child or children.  When they need to go to bed, how do you phrase it?  Do you...

Improve Your Health In Just Minutes a Day!

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: January 03, 2014

With busy schedules and the high cost of many of the health products on the market, consumers are anxious to know how to stay healthy on the go.   Ohio State...

Nutrition Report Cards Encourage Healthy Eating Behaviors and Dialogues

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: January 02, 2014

Are Nutrition Report Cards (NRC) a useful and feasible tool for promoting healthy food choices in school lunchrooms? An NRC features a list of foods offered...

Favorite Familiar Faces: How to Use Branding and Priming to Promote Healthy Foods

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 26, 2013

Kids often imitate their role models—many of whom are pop culture icons such as cartoon characters, superheroes, or puppets from TV. Companies capitalize on...

How to Avoid the Dinner Time Fight

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 13, 2013

Everyone is born with an internal control that signals the body to hunger and satiety cues, but outside environmental factors may trigger us to ignore these...

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