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  • Michelle Obama's Crazy, Embarrassing Potato Manifesto

    05/31/2014 12:40:54 PM PDT · by kingattax · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 31, 2014 | By Susan D. Harris
    It was eleven o’clock at night and the lady in front of me in the supermarket line was buying jars of baby food and bottles of Pedialyte. The cashier pulled some of the jars aside and told the lady they weren’t covered under the WIC program. “But you didn’t have the ones I can buy, the shelf is empty. I can’t buy the other ones because he won’t eat them,” the customer said. “I’m sorry, maybe if you call WIC you can get permission to buy these, but I can’t do anything about it,” the cashier responded. -snip- So when...
  • Food should be regulated like tobacco, say campaigners

    05/18/2014 9:19:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 82 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 18, 2014 | By Pippa Stephens
    The food industry should be regulated like the tobacco industry as obesity poses a greater global health risk than cigarettes, say international groups. Consumers International and the World Obesity Federation are calling for the adoption of more stringent rules. These could include pictures on food packaging of damage caused by obesity, similar to those on cigarette packets. The new rules could include reducing the levels of salt, saturated fat and sugar in food, improving food served in hospitals and schools, imposing stricter advertising controls, and educating the public about healthy eating. Artificial trans-fats should be removed from all food and...
  • D.C. May Soon Tell You What to Eat to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    03/25/2014 12:49:48 AM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    The Foundry ^ | March 24, 2014 | Mallory Carr and Daren Bakst
    The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may soon be telling you what you should eat to reduce your “carbon footprint.” In order to—ostensibly—prevent global warming and reduce our national carbon footprint, Washington is already telling Americans what light bulbs they can buy, and what buildings in which they should want to live and work. Now, food could be the next frontier. Currently, the USDA and HHS are drafting their 2015 Dietary Guidelines. Every five years, the USDA and HHS issue recommendations for Americans on what constitutes a healthy diet. As Dr. Barbara...
  • Climate Extremists Will Help Write the New Food Nutrition Guidelines

    03/11/2014 8:41:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | March 10, 2014 | Sara Noble
    There is no area of our lives over which the government will not seek control. Take the latest example. Obama is reaching far beyond publishing new food nutrition guidelines or insisting on calorie counts in fast food restaurants, he is intent on allowing global warming alarmists and other extremist groups to co-opt them as well. In an article entitled, “Obama administration pollutes guidelines for healthy eating with unhealthy ideologies,” published Sunday by the Washington Examiner, National Center Senior Fellow and Risk Analysis Division Director Jeff Stier says environmental activists within the U.S. government plan to change the nation’s dietary guidelines...
  • Parents fury as pork sausages are banned from the school menu and replaced with halal meat

    03/07/2014 4:10:52 PM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | march 7, 2014 | ben endley
    Parents have condemned a school's decision to ban all pork products from the menu and replace other meats with halal versions. Pupils aged between three and 11 at Brinsworth Manor Infant and Junior Schools in Rotherham - which Ofsted identifies as having only a small number of pupils from minority ethnic groups - will no longer be able to enjoy sausages, bacon or ham. Parents at both schools, which share a site, were told of the decision in a letter from Rotherham Council’s principal catering officer Ron Parry, who wrote that there had been ‘minor adjustments’ to the lunch menu....
  • Climate Change Could Mean No Guac For You — At Least At Chipotle

    03/04/2014 2:39:54 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 35 replies
    TIME ^ | March 4, 2014 | David Winograd
    Bad news for burrito lovers: Chipotle warned in its latest annual report that climate change might lead it to leave guacamole out of its burritos and bowls. The chain blames the possible change on higher prices. “In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients.” The company acknowledged such a move would be a massive disappointment to some of its customers. But, as ThinkProgress points...
  • Greggs forced to rename their Cornish pasties by the EU because they contain peas and carrots

    12/28/2013 7:37:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:18 EST, 28 December 2013 | Jennifer Smith
    Greggs the baker is being forced to change the name of its best-selling Cornish pasty under new EU laws because the product contains peas and carrots. The new rules mean manufacturers must follow the traditional recipe of beef, potatoes, onions, swede and seasoning, if they wish to use the name. […] Cornish pasties were awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in 2011 after a lengthy campaign by the Cornish Pasty Association to see their delicacy’s name protected. Protected Geographical Indication status prevents anything that is made outside the designated region from using the traditional name. …
  • Nutrition Guidelines: Roast Beef, Potatoes & Carrots Don’t Meet Them - GMOs, HFCS & Trans Fats Do

    11/20/2013 6:08:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | November 19, 2013 | Daisy Luther
    The school lunch drama continues, this time in Manitoba, Canada. Close on the heels of a federally sponsored preschool in Virginia disallowing homemade lunches without a doctor’s note, a mom in Manitoba was given this note and a $10 fine when her children’s preschool felt that the lunch she sent from home required “supplemental” Ritz Crackers.
  • City Of Austin Considering Fast Food Ban (TX)

    11/07/2013 5:49:39 AM PST · by bgill · 65 replies
    KEYETV ^ | Nov. 6, 2013 | staff
    KEYE TV has learned city council is considering a resolution that -- if passed -- would "restrict fast-food food restaurants from locating near areas that children frequent." That includes schools, municipal parks, child care centers and libraries... Convenience stores are also being targeted. The plan would offer food marts incentives to carry healthy food options.
  • Sausages, bacon tied to early deaths?

    03/07/2013 7:11:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 67 replies
    indiatimes.com ^ | Mar 8, 2013, 07.25 AM IST | Kounteya Sinha, TNN |
    LONDON: The bacon and sausage on your plate or those steaming hot pies are increasing your chances of premature death from cancer and heart disease. Processed meat is to blame for one in 30 early deaths, a large-scale study has now found. The EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) study involving 10 countries and 23 centres in Europe and almost half a million people has found that risk of premature death increased with the amount of processed meat eaten by a person. According to the study, even one sausage a day is bad for your health. The researchers...
  • Mixing Alcohol With Diet Soda May Make You Drunker

    02/06/2013 1:36:03 PM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    Looking to cut back on the calories in your cocktail by mixing, say, diet soda and rum? Well, get ready for the buzz. According to the results of a new study, this combination will leave you drunker than if you'd mixed the liquor with a sugary, caloric mixer. "Alcohol, consumed with a diet mixer, results in higher (BrAC) Breath Alcohol Concentrations as compared to the same amount of alcohol consumed with a sugar-sweetened mixer," says Cecile Marczinski, a cognitive psychologist who authored the new study. Why? Turns out that sugar slows down the absorption of alcohol from the stomach to...
  • Michelle Obama’s posterior again the subject of a public rant (Alabama FB Coach on School Lunches)

    02/04/2013 8:57:38 PM PST · by drewh · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Published: February 5 | Krissah Thompson
    They’re at it again. The latest public rant against Michelle Obama’s effort to promote low-calorie school lunches was recently caught on tape in Alabama — the usual protest against the federal government meddling in local business. And then it quickly found its way around to the first lady’s posterior. “Fat butt Michelle Obama,” said Bob Grisham, a high school football coach who was surreptitiously recorded by one of his students. “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.” Grisham, who was suspended Monday, is neither the first nor the most high-profile person to feel moved...
  • Proposition 37: Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food

    10/21/2012 8:06:01 PM PDT · by RushingWater · 385 replies
    KABC TV Los Angelos ^ | 10/05/2012 | Robert Holguin
    GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- Proposition 37 is a measure to require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food. There are two sides to this contentious issue.
  • Students boycotting school lunches (Moochelle not mentioned)

    10/06/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/06/12
    Students boycotting school lunchesPublished: Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Many U.S. high school students are protesting new, healthier school lunches, and a professor says it may take a while for students to accept healthier food. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required public schools to follow new nutritional guidelines this academic year, providing fruits and vegetables and limiting fat, sodium, and calories, The New York Times reported Friday. "Before, there was no taste and no flavor," said Malik Barrows, a senior at Automotive High School in Brooklyn. "Now there's no taste, no...
  • N.J. High School Students Planning Cafeteria Boycott To Protest Obama Guidelines

    09/28/2012 1:23:53 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Sept. 27, 2012
    PARSIPPANY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Students at Parsippany Hills High School held a strategy session on Thursday to discuss a potential lunch strike, on Friday, over what they have called inadequately sized meals. “This year you’re eating lunch and you’re like ‘Did I even eat?’ You’re not even full,” senior Brandon Faris told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis. New federal guidelines stemming from first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign have resulted in limits on protein and bread, and an increase in vegetables and fruits. The changes have also come at an increased cost. All of it has also sparked a student...
  • School Lunches: The Food Fight Heard 'Round The World

    09/28/2012 1:12:55 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 20 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-28-12 | J.D. Longstreet
    It would be laughable -- if our school kids weren't hungry! By now, most everyone who pays attention, is aware of how our government, Big Nanny, has screwed-up school lunches so badly that our kids either won't eat the stuff or, they DO eat it and -- remain hungry. This is just more evidence of what happens when the government takes an active hand in "helping" Americans. Once again, I repeat my plea to the UIS government: "For God's sake -- stop helping us!" ABC News reports the following: "School lunch trays are a bit lighter this year after Congress-approved...
  • New Humana program rewards purchase of healthy groceries

    09/19/2012 10:25:34 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/19/12 | Sarah Kliff
    As one of the country’s largest health-insurance companies, Humana regularly has a say in where its members seek care. Now it wants sway over what groceries they buy. Humana announced a new partnership with Wal-Mart on Wednesday that will give the more than 1 million members of its wellness program, HumanaVitality, a 5 percent discount on healthy groceries. The program, which will launch Oct. 15, is meant to steer customers toward healthier food choices and potentially push down health-care costs — while driving people into Wal-Mart stores. The unusual partnership between a major insurer and major retailer speaks to insurers’...
  • Experts: Courts Likely to Uphold New York Soda Ban

    09/16/2012 6:37:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | September 14, 2012 | Jason Koebler
    Legal challenges to New York City's ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces are unlikely to be successful, and the ban could spark similar moves in other cities around the country, according to experts. Thursday, after the city's board of health formally prohibited restaurants from selling sodas larger than 16 ounces after March 12, 2013, organizations around New York City said they would consider suing the city to get the ban overturned. Laura Palantone, a spokesperson for New York City Beverage Choices, a group against the ban, says the organization will "carefully review the regulation and explore our options now...
  • Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules

    09/14/2012 8:44:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 14, 2012 | Michael Hill (Associated Press)
    ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub. Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed grades from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays.
  • NYC Soda Ban Approved: No More Sugary Drinks Over 16 oz For New York City

    09/13/2012 1:48:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Travelers Today ^ | Sep 13, 2012 12:57 PM EDT | Katie McFadden
    Sodas are about to get a lot smaller in New York City as Bloomberg's soda ban was officially approved. Several businesses will not be allowed to sell sugary beverages over 16 oz soon. On Thursday,New York City's Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomber's plan to ban large sugary drinks. The proposal was approved in a 8-0 vote. One member, Dr. Sixto Caro abstained from voting. The unprecedented regulation, which was proposed in the spring, will apply to all restaurants, fast-food joints, delis, movie theaters, Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias, sports stadium and food carts. All of these businesses will not...
  • New school nutrition standards a recipe for problems? (lesson in why local control is best)

    09/08/2012 10:48:08 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 29 replies
    Reading Eagle ^ | 9/9/12 | Reading Eagle
    In his gut, Kurt Myers knows when a student arrives at school on an empty stomach. He can see it on a cold Monday morning in the coat that remains zipped and the hat that stays pulled down, in the rush to eat school breakfast as if it's the student's first meal in days. And in the Reading School District, where 92 percent of students received free or reduced-price meals in 2011-12, Myers knows it doesn't take a food services director such as himself to realize that "when a student looks like he hasn't eaten all weekend, he probably hasn't...
  • Because I Said So

    09/01/2009 8:17:59 AM PDT · by KatyLoraleyVidales · 13 replies · 1,123+ views
    The Tusk (F.K.A. Right Up Front.org) ^ | 09/01/2009 | Katy Loraley
    Michelle Roberts, AP writer writes in her piece San Antonio, restaurants fight fat by cooperating that San Antonio health officials, along with the help of the of our beloved Major Julian Castro, and the San Antonio Restaurant Association have decided to change the way food is consumed in this city. They are targeting local eateries and encouraging (read: threatening) them to offer healthier meal options, lest the restaurant be faced with future regulations or fines for non-compliance. The argue that the city is "getting heavier" and this is a viable options to combat that. Lest we succumb to the ravages...
  • Organic food no healthier than non-organic: study

    09/03/2012 2:54:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 3, 2012 | Genevra Pittman
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Organic produce and meat typically isn't any better for you than conventional varieties when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, according to a new review of the evidence. But organic options may live up to their billing of lowering exposure to pesticide residue and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers from Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System found. "People choose to buy organic foods for many different reasons. One of them is perceived health benefits," said Dr. Crystal Smith-Spangler, who led the new study. "Our patients, our families ask about, ‘Well, are...
  • Michelle Obama Presents Course: 'Supermarket Shopping 101'

    09/01/2012 10:33:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 31, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    As part of her anti-obesity Let's Move campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is now presenting a brief online course: “Supermarket Shopping 101.” The course, which now appears on the letsmove.gov website, provides novice shoppers with tips such as “steer clear of the cookie, snack and soda aisle.” “Supermarket Shopping 101: Read This Before You Hit the Grocery Store,” written by Lisa Cericola, was first published among the materials the first lady presented online last week when she was a "guest editor" at iVillage.com. Now, it has been republished on the Let’s Move blog. As CNSNews.com previously reported, iVillage.com, which featured...
  • The AM Roundup: Energy Drink Probe, Apple Seeks Samsung Ban

    08/28/2012 6:44:37 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/28/12 | Joe Palazzolo
    New York’s attorney general is investigating whether the multibillion-dollar energy-drink industry is deceiving consumers with misstatements about the ingredients and health value of its products.
  • Another Unappetizing Class Action Ruling from The Food Court

    08/17/2012 9:32:49 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 08/09/12 | Glenn G. Lammi
    A past Washington Legal Foundation Legal Pulse post commented on the class action litigation exploits of California consumer Skye Astiana and her efforts to save Americans from “unnatural” products. One of the cases in which Ms. Astiana is a lead plaintiff, Astiana v. Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, survived a motion to dismiss recently, a development which underscores the havoc such lawsuit-by-lawsuit regulation can wreak on food packaging and marketing. The judge who authored the Astiana ruling sits on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, or as we’d like to call it, The Food Court.*
  • Obesity and Credit Risk

    07/26/2012 2:38:56 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Social Science Research Network ^ | KATHERINE GUTHRIE and JAN SOKOLOWSKY
    Obesity provides a potentially informative signal about individuals' choices and preferences. Using NLSY survey data, we estimate that the loan delinquency rate among the obese is 20 percent higher than among the non-obese after controlling for numerous observable, prohibited, and - to lenders - unobservable credit risk factors. The economic significance of obesity for delinquencies is comparable to that of job displacements. Obesity is particularly informative about future delinquencies among those with low credit risk. In terms of channels, we find that the obesity effect is at least partially mediated through poor health, but is not attributable to individuals' time...
  • The Milk Wars: Should Milk Be Taken Off the School-Lunch Menu?

    07/24/2012 6:40:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    Time.com ^ | July 20, 2012 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    (Updated) The war on milk has shifted fronts. First it was sugar-laden chocolate milk, which parents and school administrators battled in recent years to remove from school-lunch menus. Now, it’s plain old moo that’s under fire. On Thursday, a national doctors group petitioned the U.S. government to remove milk as a required food group from the National School Lunch Program, the federally assisted program that has provided lunch to millions of public school kids since 1946. The doctors’ reasoning: milk doesn’t help protect kids’ bones. The promotion of milk to help build strong bones in kids is, “in effect, the...
  • Obama, on ice cream run, orders hot fudge sundae and offers to treat shop patrons (Carney's bananas)

    06/26/2012 2:18:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Obama, on ice cream run, orders hot fudge sundae and offers to treat shop patronsBy Alicia M. Cohn - 06/25/12 04:36 PM ET President Obama made an ice cream run to a local shop in New Hampshire on Monday between campaign stops, recording a birthday greeting and offering to treat patrons to sweet treats. The president ordered a hot fudge sundae for himself and a banana split for White House press secretary Jay Carney, according to press pool reports. He also teased that Carney has a serious sweet tooth. "You guys are going to witness him eating the whole thing,”...
  • Pa. School Union Wins 'Right' to Eat Expired Food

    06/11/2012 9:32:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Monday, Jun. 11, 2012
    Unionized cafeteria workers in one western Pennsylvania school district have won the right to eat expired food for free - at their own risk. The Herald of Sharon, Pa., reports Monday (http://bit.ly/LDdM6d ) that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed a grievance against the Sharpsville Area School District last year after school officials "violated established past practice" by no longer allowing workers to eat the expired food for free. SNIP Under the agreement, food items that are past their expiration date or reheated in a way that they can no longer be served to students may...
  • Michelle Obama: No federal big soda ban (unless Barack Hussein Obama gets reelected)

    06/06/2012 3:37:35 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/5/2012 | By BYRON TAU
    First lady Michelle Obama tells the Associated Press that she wouldn't want a federal ban on big sugary drink, but applauds Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to fight obesity: Asked about Bloomberg's proposal during an interview with The Associated Press, Mrs. Obama said there's no "one-size-fits-all" solution for the country's health challenges. But she said, "We applaud anyone who's stepping up to think about what changes work in their communities. New York is one example." And asked whether the nation's obesity epidemic warrants taking a more aggressive approach, such as Bloomberg's, she said: "There are people like Mayor Bloomberg who are,...
  • Disney Kids Networks to Ban Junk Food Ads

    06/05/2012 8:14:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 5, 2012 | Georg Szalai
    he conglomerate's child-focused radio stations and websites will also launch strict standards for food ads, which CEO Bob Iger is expected to unveil with first lady Michelle Obama. Disney on Tuesday will unveil plans to keep junk food ads off its child-focused TV networks, radio stations and web sites, The New York Times reported.
  • Michelle Obama to Announce Food Initiative With Disney Theme Parks

    06/04/2012 4:57:49 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies
    Michelle Obama to Announce Food Initiative With Disney Theme Parks First lady Michelle Obama will appear with Disney CEO Bob Iger in Washington Tuesday to announce an expansion of the media company’s food guidelines. Disney representatives say the corporation will be making health-conscious revisions to menus at their theme parks and resorts, though the details and scope of their implementation are yet to be revealed.” Disney is the parent company of ABC News. Michelle Obama has made promotion of nutrition and exercise a major theme of her tenure as first lady, particularly concerning children. The administration says her “Let’s Move”...
  • Salt, we misjudged you

    06/03/2012 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 171 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 3, 2012 | by Gary Taubes
    THE first time I questioned the conventional wisdom on the nature of a healthy diet, I was in my salad days, almost 40 years ago, and the subject was salt. Researchers were claiming that salt supplementation was unnecessary after strenuous exercise, and this advice was being passed on by health reporters. When I spent the better part of a year researching the state of the salt science back in 1998 — already a quarter century into the eat-less-salt recommendations — journal editors and public health administrators were still remarkably candid in their assessment of how flimsy the evidence was implicating...
  • New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks

    05/30/2012 7:26:28 PM PDT · by John W · 138 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 30, 2012 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
    New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity. The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle —...
  • Udder nonsense: Raw-milk confiscations begin

    05/22/2012 8:47:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    WND.com ^ | May 20, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    The founder of the Organic Pastures business in California is reporting that government health officials have begun tracking down the names and addresses of natural-foods customers and showing up at their homes, demanding to confiscate any raw milk they might have. The dispute over raw milk has reached a fever pitch in recent weeks, with a judge ruling that owners of cows have no right to the milk their herds produce, and protests being staged by mad moms whose access to such foods is being threatened. The latest report is at NaturalNews.com, which interviewed McAfee. The report said Los Angeles...
  • Utah School Fined $15,862 for Accidentally Selling Soda at Lunch

    05/19/2012 3:59:12 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 29 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | Katherine Mangu-Ward
    In order to remain eligible for federal subsidies for school lunches, officials at Davis High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, knew they weren't allowed to have active vending machines selling soda and candy in the school lunchroom during the 47-minute lunch period. But rules designed to keep kids from washing down their lunches with something fizzy can be tricky. That lesson was driven home when the state Office of Education's Child Nutrition Program hit the school with a $15,862 fine—75 cents per violation over the period of many months that it turns out students had been illicitly selling soda...
  • Obesity fight must shift from personal blame-U.S. panel

    05/08/2012 11:52:13 AM PDT · by EBH · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/8/12 | Sharon Begley
    America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday. In an ambitious 478-page report, the IOM refutes the idea that obesity is largely the result of a lack of willpower on the part of individuals. Instead, it embraces policy proposals that have met with stiff resistance from the food industry and lawmakers, arguing that multiple strategies will be needed to make the U.S. environment less "obesogenic." The IOM,...
  • Questioning Safety of Heavy Passengers on Planes

    05/08/2012 10:18:55 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 51 replies
    NYT ^ | May 7, 2012 | CHRISTINE NEGRONI
    More than six decades ago, when the federal standards on the strength of airplane seats and seat belts were written, government regulations specified that seats be designed for a passenger weight of 170 pounds. But now the average American man weighs nearly 194 pounds and the average woman 165. Now, some engineers and scientists have raised questions about whether airplane seats, tested with crash dummies that reflect the 170-pound rule, are strong enough to protect heavy travelers. “If a heavier person completely fills a seat, the seat is not likely to behave as intended during a crash,” said Robert Salzar,...
  • New Federal Regulations Call For Healthier School Lunches

    05/05/2012 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Mike DeNardo
    PHILADELPHIA - New federal regulations require healthier lunches in schools next year. USDA undersecretary Audrey Rowe lunched on chicken salad yesterday with kids at the Roberto Clemente Middle School. Rowe was in town to highlight new school lunch nutrition standards that take effect in the fall. “We will be expanding on the amount of fruits and vegetables offered to the children. Obviously, even though the products are going to be prepackaged, they’re going to be healthier.” With the new requirements, comes a modest 6-cent-per meal increase in federal reimbursements.
  • School cafeterias to require fruits and vegetables nationwide (Fines for Kids not complying)

    04/01/2012 2:24:56 PM PDT · by raybbr · 101 replies
    NewHaven Register.com ^ | 4/1/2012 | Brian McCready
    Beginning next school year, students across the country may be in for a shock when they purchase their lunch in the cafeteria. In an effort to fight childhood obesity and diabetes, the federal government is requiring students of all ages to buy at least one serving of fresh fruit or vegetable for lunch. Even if they toss the produce into the garbage. Fresh fruit and vegetable portions will double next year. “Some students don’t take one now, but they will have to,” Eileen Faustich, Milford’s food services director, said Friday. “We can’t let a child go by the cashier without...
  • DHHS Official Grilled Over Preschooler’s Rejected Lunch - Lawmakers want to know why 4-year-old

    03/14/2012 9:31:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Caorlina Journal ^ | 3/14/12 | Sara Burrows
    RALEIGH — State lawmakers questioned a N.C. Department of Health and Human Services official at a hearing Tuesday to determine why a Hoke County preschooler’s homemade turkey sandwich was replaced with chicken nuggets. Members of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services wanted to know if a teacher at West Hoke Elementary School was following state law when she offered a 4-year-old girl a cafeteria tray containing chicken nuggets, a sweet potato, bread, and milk as an alternative to her homemade turkey and cheese sandwich, potato chips, banana, and apple juice. Deborah Cassidy, director of the DHHS...
  • Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?

    03/07/2012 11:22:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    WWLP ^ | Tuesday, 06 Mar 2012 | BarbaraMorse
    The doughnut hat has become a signature hair accessory for Joy Feldman when she goes to schools and organizations to read her new children's book, "Is Your Hair Made of Donuts?". Feldman, a nutrition expert, hasn't always been a health guru. "I was a lawyer. I did corporate mergers and acquisitions," she explains. That was in the 1980s. In the early 1990s she became very ill. "It was after I delivered my first child. About six months after delivering, my joints started to swell in my body to the point where I couldn't work," Feldman said. Feldman said she had...
  • What if government treated eating the way it treats sex?

    03/04/2012 4:24:43 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 3, 2012 | J E Dyer
    It’s a useful distinction to consider. A particular moral idea governs left-wing views on social and health matters, and the left’s purpose with political advocacy is to put the power of government behind that view. By examining the left’s very different policy approaches to eating and sex, we can discern the features of the morality at work.The left’s governmental approach to sex today involves, among other things, the following:1. Advertising it to children through the public schools and encouraging them to explore and participate in it.2. Basing policy on the assumption that no solution to any problem lies in individuals...
  • ‘Lunch-In’ Protests Crackdown on Homemade Lunches

    02/23/2012 10:44:34 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Feb 23, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    The National Center for Public Policy Research hosted a “lunch-in” today at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.The target of the protest? “[F]ederal school nutrition guidelines that allegedly forced at least one student to forgo her mother’s home-packed lunch in favor of chicken nuggets,” a press release announcing today’s event read. The alleged lunch incident happened in North Carolina. “A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious,” a local reporter wrote last week. “The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato...
  • Just the Facts: State (nugget pushers) vs. Federal (science-based) School Nutrition Programs

    02/19/2012 1:41:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    USDA ^ | 2/16/12 | Courtney Rowe
    Just the Facts: State vs. Federal School Nutrition ProgramsPosted by Courtney Rowe, Press Secretary, USDA, on February 16, 2012 at 1:21 PM In the past 24 hours, we’ve seen a lot of chatter online regarding a story from North Carolina in which a pre-school student’s lunch was deemed “unhealthy.” We’d like to set the record straight. As established by law, USDA promotes healthier lifestyles for our nation’s school children through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The Department sets science-based nutritional standards for and oversees State administration of schools that choose to participate in these national programs. In exchange...
  • California Trying To Ban Food Vending Trucks As Danger To Children

    02/18/2012 6:55:53 PM PST · by ElIguana · 14 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 02/18/2012 | AmericanThinker.com
    (AmericanThinker.com) The California legislature continues to act as the hard left's petri dish for testing totalitarian policies. AB 1678, introduced last Tuesday, would ban mobile food and beverage trucks within 1,500 feet of elementary and secondary schools. ... The "no vend" zones would look effectively prohibit mobile food trucks from almost all of California's urban and suburban cities.
  • 2nd N.C. Mother Says Daughter’s School Lunch Replaced for Not Being Healthy Enough

    02/18/2012 9:32:18 AM PST · by NCjim · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 17, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    North Carolina officials have said there was a misunderstanding when a preschooler’s homemade lunch was sent home for not meeting certain nutritional requirements, but now a second mother from the same school has come forward exclusively to The Blaze to say the same thing happened to her daughter. Diane Zambrano says her 4-year-old daughter, Jazlyn, is in the same West Hoke Elementary School class as the little girl whose lunch gained national attention earlier this week. When Zambrano picked Jazlyn up from school late last month, she was told by Jazlyn’s teacher that the lunch she had packed that day...
  • John Besh had a big week in the spotlight

    02/17/2012 6:39:52 PM PST · by Kirkwood · 7 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 02/17/2012 | Brett Anderson
    It was a big week for John Besh, even by his eventful standards.... Apparently, several attendees of the “workshop” took Besh to task for lecturing about healthy eating on one hand while serving high calorie food at his restaurants on the other. “I went on to address a complex issue in very simple terms only to only be heckled by those that feel we can regulate restaurants to the point that our children will be happy and healthy,” Besh writes in his blog, which appears on epicurious.com. “In response to these suggestions, I pointed to a variety of other options...
  • Who Is the Mystery Food Monitor? (Nugget pimp may be NC 'education staff member')

    02/17/2012 1:48:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 90 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 2/16/12 | Rick Henderson
    Who Is the Mystery Food Monitor?No agency has said it employed the person checking preschoolers' lunch bags By Rick Henderson Feb. 16th, 2012 RALEIGH — Three days after a Carolina Journal report on the plight of a 4-year-old preschooler and her lunch made national headlines, the identity of the person who determined that the youngster's homemade lunch was not nutritious remains unknown. Of the several government agencies who have been named in the controversy — the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Division of Child Development and Early Education at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Hoke County schools,...