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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Raise YOUR Voice for Healthy School Snacks!

September 18, 2014
Nationally, most students buy at least one sugary drink or snack every day in school —one of the many reasons why school food greatly affects their health. National guidelines are in place this year to make sure school snacks are healthy. Join us for FoodFri on Friday, September 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST. Click to learn more about our panelist, Prevent Obesity . YOUR VOICE is needed to make sure these changes are made in kids’ schools. It is our responsibility to ensure kids are healthy and ready to success in school and beyond. Studies show that children get better grades and miss fewer...
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Drawing the Line at Cupcake Cones

September 15, 2014
September is “back to school” month for most kids in the United States. My daughter is in her last year of preschool, but some of her buddies have moved on to kindergarten. As this momentous transition is just around the corner for her, I’ve been talking to friends and family about what to expect. Last week, I visited a friend’s house for dinner. Her daughter – a typical five-year-old who knows all the words to all the songs from Frozen despite having never seen the movie – has just started kindergarten and is doing well. In fact, my friend's only concern is regarding the snacks provided at...
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Majority of Parents Support School Nutrition Standards and So Do I

September 15, 2014
As parents, my wife and I raise our kids to be concerned about their health—among a laundry list of other things. When they’re little, we focus on hand washing to ward off germs and prevent illnesses, teeth brushing and flossing for good oral health, activity to ensure energy balance and to keep our kids strong, and making sure they eat more than chicken nuggets at the dinner table. But especially as our kids get older, we have another concern to worry about: the food they have access to during the school day. In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act updated nutrition standards for foods...
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Four Good Reasons to Encourage Less Soda Consumption

September 15, 2014
BERKELEY, Calif. — This past weekend co-sponsored an educational panel on soda. Berkeley and San Francisco, California, each have ballot initiatives to tax soda as a way to curb consumption, and in San Francisco’s case, fund certain public programs. Up to now, every single soda tax ballot initiative in the country has failed as the industry has pumped serious money to defeat such measures. And as healthy and aware as many citizens are here in Berkeley, the measure faces an uphill battle as the industry has dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat the measure, including...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: The EmpowerMEnt Challenge

September 12, 2014
In my home, September is a time for new beginnings! The kids are preparing for a new school year. We're shopping for new school clothes. And, new schedules are started. Notice, most of these changes were instituted because of the children. This year I decided to start something new for me. I joined The EmpowerMEnt Challenge by the American Heart Association. What's The EmpowerMEnt Challenge? Over four weeks, families across the country are encouraged to take control of their health by pursuing a different goal every week which include increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption, reducing...
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[Good Food Force] #Backtoschool #Protips!

August 28, 2014
Welcome to the August 28, 2014 edition of the Good Food Force update! This week's update covers all things #BacktoSchool! Please read, enjoy and share! 1. THE HOT LINE #Backtoschool #Protips If you're like us, you're a little bit happy and a little bit sad to see the kids head back to school. Summer goes so fast! They're getting so big! But I can finally conquer that project / hear myself think / hit the gym / etc.! We get it. Every supermom has tricks for making the transition back a smooth one. Here are some of our favorites, gathered during last year's #FoodFri #BacktoSchool tweetchat...
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Eat Fresh Longer! Tips for storing fruits and veggies

September 8, 2014
SHOCKER: Americans waste over 100 BILLION pounds of food each year. 133 billion in 2010, to be exact. That breaks down to 31% of our total food supply, worth about $162 billion, and the equivalent of 141 trillion calories. (1) This issue really hits home for me. I try to feed my family well, and that includes buying local, fresh and organic fruits and vegetables when possible. So it kills me when that stuff goes to waste. And let's face it: when your garden suddenly blesses you with 30 pounds of tomatoes, we all struggle for ways to make that bounty extend as far as possible. So I'm LOVING...
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3.8 million families were hungry in 2013

September 8, 2014
The Department of Agriculture released their annual study on hunger in America and found that 3.8 million households with children were suffering from hunger at some point during the past year.
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Five Healthy Salads Your Family Will Love!

September 4, 2014
Salads can be tasty, filling and a welcome side dish or main course at mealtime. They're also easy to make, prepare in advance and store. Let's stop right here for a minute. I totally get it. At first glance, salads can be pretty scary to picky eaters, including kids. Unfortunately, salad often gets a bad rap as being bland, boring, and never filling. But none of that has to be true! Here are some yummy, kid-friendly recipes that will fill those bellies! Please leave your ideas for great salads in the comments! 1. Kid-friendly cucumber salad Author: Katja Rowell, MD: http://thefeedingdoctor...
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Employers of nursing mothers think outside the bathroom stall

September 2, 2014
A provision was added to the Affordable Care Act in 2010 requiring that employers “provide a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child...and a place, other than a bathroom...which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” The health benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers is widely known. Did you know that employers benefit, too?
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