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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
Editor's Note: DYK that Mexico implemented a soda tax similar to the one proposed in Berkeley, Calif., and has been able to cut soda consumption among children as a result? To learn more, there is another panel discussion with officials from Mexico and food activist Raj Patel this Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. If you are in the area, I hope you to see you there! -Elisa BERKELEY, Calif. — This past weekend co-sponsored an educational panel on soda. Berkeley and San Francisco, California, each have ballot initiatives to tax soda...
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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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[Good Food Force] #SmartSnacks for #Backtoschool!

August 22, 2014
Greetings Good Food Force! This week we're all about SMART SNACKS! Check out a summary of exciting updates to snacks in schools, as well as some tips on great options you can make at home. Please read and share! 1. THE HOT LINE: Let's get excited about #SmartSnacks! We've been talking a lot about healthy changes to school meals, and now the new Smart Snack Standards have also gone into effect! The changes will help ensure that snacks and beverages sold in 
schools meet basic healthy standards, while still giving schools flexibility to choose from a wide variety of options. Check out some...
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#FoodFri Tweetchat: Back to School with Smart Snacks

August 17, 2014
This year as kids go back to school, school food will be getting even healthier. Smart Snacks went into effect July 1st , updating the national nutrition standards for vending, school stores, fundraisers, and a la carte in school cafeterias. Also, school lunches and breakfasts continue to get healthier, with stronger standards this fall for whole grains, sodium, and fruit. Talk about GREAT news! Join @MomsRising and @CSPI for this week's #FoodFri tweetchat to learn more about the changes and how it will benefit all schoolchildren! Feel free to spread the word about the #FoodFri chat scheduled...
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