February 2016 | Hotlunch.com | 1-888-376-7136

[Volume 8, Issue 2]

 
New school lunch option gaining popularity

You already know that school lunches are nutritious - they have to be. But a lot of kids like sack lunches. The problem is that sack lunches aren't always as nutritious as the hot lunches served at school. A new program in Georgia adds an interesting twist to sack lunching.

New school lunch option gaining popularity
http://www.unionrecorder.com/news/new-school-lunch-option-gaining-popularity/

This news story from The Union Recorder in Milledgeville Georgia describes a new sack lunch program called Super Sacks. The lunches were designed as a healthy option. They're available three days per week in four elementary schools.

I think this could be a neat idea. So far, it's a hit with the kids - they eat all the food in the sack lunches.

 
 
Can You Eat Canned Tuna and Not Worry About Mercury?
 

Canned tuna is a cheap source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. It's easy to use and will store for a long time so it's nice to have a few cans of tuna in your kitchen. It's also good for tuna sandwiches at school. But there is a concern with mercury - so how much tuna is too much?

How often should I eat tuna?
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/306246.php?tw

This new story form Medical News Today offers some helpful advice on how much canned tuna is safe to eat. It's based on weight so it's helpful for kids too. There's info on both chunk light tuna and albacore.

What to do at school:

  • In health class, talk about omega-3s and the benefits of eating fish.
  • But talk about mercury too. Review these recommendations.
  • In cooking classes, look for recipes that feature canned tuna. How much tuna is each person consuming with these dishes?
 
Weight Loss Programs Not Reliable

People who have health problems related to obesity need to lose weight and often look to one of the weight loss programs for help. The problem, though, is most of these programs aren't clear with how they're designed or what's required of them.

The new health 'desert'? Reliable weight loss programs hard to find
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/304620.php?tw

This news story from Medical News Today describes the findings of a study published in the journal Obesity. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine took a close look at 191 weight loss programs and found that only 9 percent adhered to expert medical guidelines for medical weight loss.

The authors also point out these programs can be quite costly and aren't covered by insurance. What should you look for? Inclusion of exercise programs, calorie-reduced diets and self-monitoring tools.

 
 
Answering Kids' Questions on Nutrition
 

Kids may have a lot of questions about what it means to eat healthy. (Or not - but this article from the Washington Post can help trigger a few questions.) Anyway, today I found an article that could stimulate some conversation about nutrition.

A parental primer on kids' nutrition questions
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/a-parental-primer-for-kids

I love this article. The author talks about a game he played as a kid called the "Ever wonder...?" game in which he and his family members would dream up funny or weird questions to pass the time on long car trips.

As an adult, the author plays the game with his kids, often with nutrition questions. I like this article because he lists some of the questions and several answers. Something that cold be used at home or in the classroom.

 
The Expensive Part of Teaching Kids to Eat Healthy

Dealing with picky eaters is a common problem. It can be painful as the kids struggle and arguments can ensue. The usual advice is to have kids try a new food over and over and over until they start to accept it. But it can take about 15 tries.

That doesn't sound so hard, but what if it means wasting expensive food?

A Hidden Cost to Giving Kids Their Vegetables
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/16/opinion/why-poor-children-cant-be-picky-eaters

This news story from The New York Times discusses how pickiness has a particular effect on the poor. Parents with picky eaters have to factor in the cost of foods, which is a lot if we're talking about fresh fruits and veggies. But they also had to think about what happens to food that's wasted.

According to the author of this story, poor parents just can't afford to waste a lot of food teaching their picky eaters to eat new healthy foods.

What to do at school:

  • Explain to kids why they need to eat healthy foods.
  • Play tasting games at school - let kids taste tiny bits of foods.
  • Have older students come up with ways to reduce food waste at home.
 
 
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More About School Lunches, Nutrition and Healthy Kids
 

Equipment Needed to Help Schools Serve Healthier Meals, Strengthen Child Nutrition
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alexis-glick/equipment-needed-to-help-_b_9203400.html

It's only nutrition if kids eat it: CCSD takes new approach to school lunches
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/feb/03/nutrition-ccsd-takes-new-approach-school-lunches/

Senate begins work on child nutrition bill
http://farmfutures.com/story-senate-begins-work-child-nutrition-bill-0-136449

Nutritional tips that can be beneficial to autistic children
http://journaltimes.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/quinn-on-nutrition-nutritional-tips-that-can-be-beneficial-to/

What Do Unpaid Lunch Tabs Mean for Schools?
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/02/unpaid-school-lunch-bills/460509/

 
About Shereen Lehman

Shereen Lehman is a health and nutrition writer with two decades of experience counseling people on nutrition and diet. She has a master's degree in human nutrition and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Shereen writes about nutrition for the large website About.com (http://nutrition.about.com), is co-author of Superfoods for Dummies (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470445394.html) and Clinical Anatomy for Dummies (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118116437.html). She also teaches Evidence Based Nutrition to nutrition graduate students at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.