Nutrition and our Youth

Pick Your Poison: Added Sugars

The weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin-everything is on the horizon! As autumn begins, Halloween decorations clutter neighborhood yards and store windows. …And with hundreds of bags of candy piled onto store shelves, Jack-o-lanterns aren’t the only faces that are lighting up! Whether you’re buying candy for the neighborhood kids or […]

Pick Your Poison: Added Salt

Added Salt: The crystalline, less-than-sweet cousin of Added Sugar. It is generously dumped into the food supply and stealthily inhabits your grocery store shelves. Maybe you invite Added Salt over for a home-prepared meal from time to time, a sprinkle here, a sprinkle there. And the next thing you know, he’s showing up for meals […]

Little kid walking to school

Nutritional policies in schools have seen a radical change over the past few years under the direction of Michelle Obama and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The overall goals of the act are to increase the use of whole grains, fruits and vegetables and low-fat and reduced-fat milk on school menus. Schools also are being […]

Kids at School Lunch Table

In 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kid Act was signed under the Obama administration, which required the USDA to revamp its policies in regards to school breakfast and lunch nutrition. This was all done under the watchful eye of several nutrition and health groups. These changes involved increasing the availability of whole grains, fruits and vegetables […]

Boy, I wish I had a crystal ball. For more than three years I’ve been discussing menu labeling and just when I think menu labeling legislation is about to pass, I’m still waiting, as are all of you. So what, exactly, is the holdup? Everyone has known from the beginning of this proposed legislation that […]