November 2015 | Hotlunch.com | 1-888-376-7136

[Volume 7, Issue 11]

 
Breakfast Good for Grades

Kids who eat breakfast tend to do better in school (that’s nothing new), but does the type of food consumed make a difference? And is it really the breakfast itself or do kids who eat breakfast also eat healthier meals throughout the day?

Good breakfast, good grades
http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/162112-good-breakfast,-good-grades

This news release from Cardiff University in the UK describes a new study that looked at breakfast quality and school performance of elementary school kids. They found that kids who ate healthy breakfasts had better grades, but kids who ate no breakfast or typically ate sweets and chips for breakfast didn’t do as well.

What to do at school:

  • Remind kids to eat a healthy breakfast every day, either at home or at school.
  • Talk about what makes up a healthy breakfast.
  • Offer healthier food choices at the breakfast line in the school cafeteria.
 
 
Too Many Ads for Unhealthy Snacks
 

I think we’ve all seem them -- advertisements for snacks that aren’t very good for a healthy diet. Things like sugary fruit flavored snacks and greasy chips that are high in sodium.  It’s one thing when they’re aimed at adults, but so many are aimed at kids as young as 2 years of age. And these ads are everywhere – television and online.

Kids seeing more unhealthy snack ads, report say
http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/02/health/children-snack-food-advertising/

This news story published by CNN describes a study published by the University of Connecticut. The study looked at how often kids from the ages of 6 to 11 years were exposed to snack ads during 2014.

About 40 percent of food and beverage ads that kids see are for snacks and according to this study; only about one quarter of those snacks are healthy.

What to do at school:

  • Explain why kids need to choose healthy snacks.
  • And have kids do a little research to learn what makes snacks healthy or not.
  • Cooking classes can include some recipes for easy and healthy snacks.
 
Add a Teaching Garden to Your School

Kids can learn a lot about healthy eating by getting involved with gardening. Eating vegetables is just more fun when you’ve had a hand in growing or preparing them.

American Heart Association Teaching Gardens
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/HealthierKids/

The American Heart Association has a program that helps schools set up teaching gardens, including assessments and program details. If you’re school already has a garden – that’s great. But if you think your school might like to get involved, the American Heart Association is there to help. Learn more:
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/HealthierKids/

 
 
Kids in the Kitchen
 

Just like gardening, kids will be more interested in healthy foods when you get them going in the kitchen.  Many kids are used to fast food and frozen foods that just go into the microwave. But maybe making up some simple dishes at home will get kids excited about good foods.

Nutrition program teaches kids about cooking, healthy food
http://amestrib.com/news/nutrition-program-teaches-kids-about-cooking

This news story from the Ames Tribune talks about a program offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in which kids learn a little bit about cooking foods.

The 7-lesson program covers nutrition, food safety and physical activity. Seems like a perfect combination and a fun way to learn.

What to do at school:

  • Teach kids how to shop for healthy foods at a good price using supermarket ads.
  • Bring younger kids into high school cooking classes – have the older students present cooking lessons to the younger ones.
  • Use food wrappers and packaging to help students learn how to read food labels.
 
Junk Foods Not Related to Body Mass Index

Candy, sodas and fast foods tend to take the brunt of the blame for causing obesity in the US. But, new research suggests that junk foods aren’t the cause, or at least not the only cause of obesity. Maybe Americans are eating too much in general.

Candy, soda, and fast food are not driving the rising obesity trend in the US.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/302126.php?tw

This news story describes a new study from Cornell University Food and Brand Laboratory. The researchers compared soda, candy and junk food consumption with body mass index measurements. They didn’t find a strong correlation with eating junk foods and being overweight or obese, although they did find that people who were morbidly obese or chronically underweight did eat a lot of junk foods.

The findings of this study don’t meant that junk foods are okay – they’re still connected to certain health problems, but they do suggest that we have to do more than just to after junk foods. We need to look at overall calorie intakes and physical activity as well.

 
 
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More About School Lunches, Nutrition and Healthy Kids
 

Teens who eat a hearty breakfast skip the snacks
http://www.futurity.org/teens-breakfast-obesity-788082/

Just one energy drink may boost heart disease risk in young adults
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/302186.php?tw

Honey: health benefits, uses and risks
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/302572.php

On Nutrition: The age-old challenge of getting kids to eat healthy
http://www.gazettextra.com/20151113/on_nutrition_the_age_old_challenge_of_getting_kids_to_eat_healthy_foods

Trickle-down nutrition: Changing teachers' eating habits to get kids eating healthier
http://news.wjct.org/post/trickle-down-nutrition-changing-teachers-eating-habits-get-kids-eating-healthier

 
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.