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[Volume 6, Issue 1]

New Standards Possible for Foods Advertised to Kids
We've all seen the advertisements that are targeted to kids. Lots of sugary cereals, gooey candy and soda. Some new, but voluntary, standards are being proposed that will promote less of the bad stuff (sugary snacks) and more of the good foods that kids need to be healthy.

Tough New Standards for Foods Marketed to Kids. But Do They Have Teeth?


This is only a voluntary program, so food companies don't have to follow them. I hope they do, but you can reinforce the idea of making healthy food choices at school:

  • Talk to kids about how advertising works to get people to buy products, even ones that aren't good for them.
  • Find examples of ads that promote healthy foods (like Got Milk?)
  • Have kids make posters that simulate 'advertisements' for healthy foods.            
How Kids Eat In School May Improve How They Eat Everywhere Else

There is a concern that swapping out junk foods for good foods in schools doesn't really matter because kids will just increase their consumption of junk food at home or wherever they spend the rest of their time. Is that really a valid concern? We provide healthy foods for our kids with the hope that they'll continue that behavior, and a small study in Connecticut reinforces the notion that healthy eating at school affects how kids eat, in a positive way, everywhere else.

Improvements in School Nutrition Have Positive Influence on Youth Eating Behaviors


This is just a small study involving six middle schools, but it's always good to see that we can improve how our students eat by what we provide at school.

  • Teach kids about healthy foods and why they deserve to have food that's good for them rather than foods that may be unhealthy.
  • Present healthy foods with a positive spin -  for example, explain that fruits and vegetables are healthy and delicious, rather than portray them as a necessary dietary evil.
Food Meat Safer Than What's In Your School's Kitchen?

I don't think any of us believe that fast food is better for our kids than school lunches, but is it possibile that the meat in your school's kitchen is less safe than what you'll find down the street at a McDonald's? According to an in investigative article in USA Today, that may just be the case. The USDA stands firm with the conviction that all the meat and poultry provided to schools meets or exceeds safety standards, however USA Today found that schools are sent foods that wouldn't make it through Jack-In-The-Box's back door.

Fast-Food Standards For Meat Top Those For School Lunches

Of course the main concern is that the meats and poultry delivered to schools will contain pathogenic bacteria that can lead to foodborne illness.  This makes it even more important to follow standard food safety practices.

  • Avoid cross contamination of raw meats, poultry or other animal products with foods that are ready to be served.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect all cooking utensils and surfaces in the kitchen.
  • Be sure that meats are always cooked to the proper temperature to kill pathogenic bacteria.
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Nutrient Facts Potassium

Potassium is a major mineral that is necessary for normal growth and for making proteins from the amino acid building blocks that come from your diet. Potassium is also needed for braking down and utilizing the carbohydrates that you eat. It's an electrolyte, which means it carries an electrical current, so it helps regulate the acid/base and fluid balance of your body.  Potassium is found in a wides variety of foods, especially fruits and vegetables such as dried fruits legumes, soy, bananas, citrus fruits, potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, and dairy products.

Source:  Potassium in the diet. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. July 17, 2009.
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About Shereen Jegtvig
Shereen Jegtvig 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 American Dietetic Association.   Shereen writes about nutrition for the large website About.com (http://nutrition.about.com) and is co-author of Superfoods for Dummies