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Health experts concerned about long-term consequences of USDA changes to school meals

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Less healthy foods and beverages with more salt and calories might soon return to America’s school cafeterias under a rule issued recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Under the rule released in November, school food service programs can now include 1 percent flavored milk and […]

January 19th, 2018|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Sodium|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Health experts concerned about long-term consequences of USDA changes to school meals

Editorial: Don’t go backward on child nutrition

Editor’s Note: Retired pediatrician Alan Lake, M.D., writes that there’s ample proof that the government’s school lunch standards are helping America’s kids get the nutrition they need.  

There is myriad evidence that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2010, is working. And it’s not […]

Child nutrition back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday will consider legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs, including school meal programs and nutrition standards.

President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – the last child nutrition reauthorization – into law more than five years ago. Since then, the […]

January 19th, 2016|Categories: Children, Health, Healthy Living|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Child nutrition back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill

AHA CEO visits Dallas students, discusses healthy school meals

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The cafeteria line at Charles Rice Learning Center in south Dallas was awash in leafy greens and fresh fruits Tuesday. Lunch featured vegan taco salad, sliced bell peppers, fruit salad — and a visit from American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown.

Brown joined students for a healthy […]

Healthy school food initiatives will be a Congressional debate again

School lunch politics will play out again on Capitol Hill this year as lawmakers consider a bill to reauthorize the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was championed by the American Heart Association, which has repeatedly implored Congress to protect the new law from changes that could […]

January 27th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , |1 Comment

USDA hearing public comment about junk food marketing in schools

Kids who meander down the halls of Stonewall Jackson Elementary in Dallas see banners and posters about healthy eating. They get to dig in a garden that produces food they can eat. Their pocket-change goes to fund-raisers that feature “fruit kabobs” and yogurt.

For Principal Michele Hill, these are all […]