Content tagged "meals at home"

Key Changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

On April 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the final rule related to meal pattern revisions for the...

Eat, Play, Love—Raising Healthy Eaters

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

During this 60-minute webinar, speakers provide “real world” answers to the following questions:Articles to support the webinar Eat Play Love on Raising...

From Potato Chips to Mini Meals: Optimizing Nutrient Quality of Snacks

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

With snacking on the rise across all ages and demographics, it’s time we take our mini meals seriously. The average American consumes about one-quarter of...

Beating the Summer Lunch Blues

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

Tired of preparing lunch for your hungry kids this summer? Are the kids tired of the same old lunches?  Here are some general tips to help keep summer...

Cooking with Kids: Opportunities for Partnerships

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

From learning lifelong skills to improving diet to fostering a sense of responsibility and accomplishment, the benefits of cooking with children are...

Feeding Children and Teens during the Summer: Summer Food Service Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

Have you ever wondered how children are fed during the summer months when school is out? Some children may have access to food at home, but many children do...

Feature Series: Summer Health Maintenance and Food Safety

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 28, 2017

School's out! This series provides insights and resources for encouraging healthy eating and exercise practices during the summer months as well as tips for...

To Whom it May Concern, My Child Has an Allergy

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

As a parent or guardian, it is your job to protect the child in your care.  At some point your child will be going off to school or attending their first...

The Size and Shape of Calorie Intake: Using Smart Dishware to Encourage Healthy Portions at Home

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Consuming too many calories is actually a greater contributor to obesity than not getting enough exercise. Numerous studies have suggested that individuals...

How Peer and Parental Influences Affect Meal Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

It is well understood that WHAT we eat can impact our health. However, WHO we eat with can also have a significant influence on our choices. In children as...

Nutritional Gatekeepers: Begin a Journey to Healthy Eating

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

A “nutritional gatekeeper” is the person who acquires and prepares food for the family. A child’s nutritional gatekeeper, often his or her mother, can have...

Eating Practices at Home: Parents’ Perception

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Encouraging healthy eating practices at home provides a model for children that instills long term healthy eating behaviors.In the fall of 2012, researchers...

Tell Me When! How Bowl Size Impacts the Amount Children Request and Eat

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

                                        The effect of plate and bowl sizes on portion size and calorie consumption by adults and children is well documented...

Vegetables, Kids, and Healthy Appetites

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

There is an ever increasing number of children not eating their recommended daily serving of vegetables.  One survey reported that almost 60% of children are...

Youth Food Choices at School: Do Families Matter?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Whether a child chooses to pick up that piece of pizza or that salad in school has more reasoning behind it than we may think. There are a multitude of...

Is It Really More Expensive to Eat Healthier?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Is it really more expensive to eat healthier?  Often, the general public assumes it is more expensive to eat healthier foods because an accurate method to...

Food Day Curriculum: Science Lessons for Healthier Students and Communities

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 06, 2016

Each year on October 24th, Food Day is celebrated nationwide with a goal of helping people learn to “eat real.” The event, created by the Center for Science...

4 Family Meal Rituals for a Healthy BMI

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 06, 2016

The term “dining” implies a meal is more than just about the experience of eating; the atmosphere and social environment are equally important to the...

The Importance of Family Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 15, 2016

When you think of family meals, what pops into your head?  Even though family meals may mean something different to everyone, the benefits are indisputable. ...

Communicating Healthy Eating Messages to Preschool Children

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

Talking to young children about their health can be challenging—is it better to grab their attention by warning against unhealthy practices or to encourage...

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...

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...

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...

Making Healthy School Food Choices – A Parent’s Influence

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 17, 2016

The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA) has stirred up all sorts of controversy, misconceptions and contradictory information.While the public has every...

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