November 2013 | | 1-888-376-7136

[Volume 5, Issue 11]

Schools Can Be an Example for Healthy Eating

It’s often said the best way to deal with a picky eater is to offer healthy foods over and over again and eventually the child will try them and learn to like them.

Maybe we can do that on a larger scale in schools. Kids may not love the healthier foods at first, but if we’re patient, most of them will come around, I think.

Schools can set tone for healthy eating

This article from HealthDay describes a research study in which the scientists designed programs to promote healthy eating in schools. The schools that made three or more changes to their food programs saw the most benefit.

Things to do at school:

  • Serve and sell healthier foods.
  • Offer taste tests of healthier foods – tiny bites at a time.
  • Remove all the ads pushing junk foods (if you haven’t already).
Walking to School Burns Calories

At least one physician sees a correlation between the rise in childhood obesity and a drop in the number of kids who walk to school every day. Maybe it’s a contributor to obesity, but it’s difficult to know for sure because there may be other reasons, including the fact that kids are eating too much fat and sugar. Large observational studies tend to get correlation and cause a little tangled up.

Could walking to school reduce childhood obesity?

This article from KOMONews in Seattle describes a study that finds only 12% of kids walk or bike to school every day. Walking or biking is good exercise, but there may be safety issues, especially in high traffic areas.

Talk to your students:
  • Explain how more walking can be good for health.
  • Don’t forget about safety issues – is it safe to walk to school?
  • Organize walking clubs so kids can walk in groups after school.
Kids Eating Less Fat and Sugar, But Still Too Much

Fats and sugar contribute excess calories to the diets of many children. Reducing access to foods that are high in fats and sugar and replacing them with high-fiber low-calorie foods might help fight childhood obesity.

That means removing soft drinks, candy, pizza and French fries from schools and homes and offering more healthful foods.

‘Encouraging’: US kids’ intake of solid fat and added sugar decreasing, but still exceeding recommendations
According to this article on Food Navigator, kids in the United States are eating less sugar and fat. At least a little bit – it’s still much more than they should be consuming. 

The researchers of a new study point a finger at schools where there is still too much sugar and greasy food.

Addressing fat and sugar at school:
  • Talk to your students and explain why sugar and fat add calories – often too many calories.
  • Offer low-fat foods and promote non-sweetened beverages.
  • Send information home to parents – how they can help their kids make healthy food choices at home and in restaurants.
Family Dinners Good for Everyone

We’re all so busy that it’s hard to find time for family dinners. Or at least that’s what a  lot of us believe. It’s too bad, because it really is good for the whole family.

A healthy helping of quality family time

This dietitian says that one way to deal with childhood obesity is to promote family dinners. According to this article in the Fort Wayne Indiana Journal Gazette, studies indicate children of families who eat together frequently are less likely to be overweight or obese.

Again, correlation isn’t the same as cause, though she does make a good point.
Ideas for Getting Kids to Eat Better

Eating healthy foods and getting enough exercise doesn’t sound difficult or complicated, but it can be – especially when kids just aren’t interested. Maybe a few easy tips are in order --  that way both teachers and parents can help kids get healthier.

Simple tips to get kids to eat better, exercise more

This article in USA Today asks experts to give some helpful tips for better nutrition and exercise. Ideas include serving a healthy breakfast, keeping snacks out of the TV room and getting kids involved with shopping and cooking. 

Exercise tips include getting your own body outside to play with your kids and make times for physical activity breaks during TV and computer time.
About is the only web-based system of its kind. Take a look at these testimonials to see how made an impact for these schools.

  • With you can publish lunch menus online, receive payments and automate administration of your Hotlunch at school.

  • Save up to 60 % of the time and resources you currently spend running your Hotlunch program.

  • Reduce errors, increase profits for you school and bring outstanding payments down to zero.

  • has been used by schools all over the nation  to manage after school care, volunteer recruitment, capital campaigns and much more!

  • With School opening shortly allow us to show you how you can save time and money on your lunch administration. Click here for information.

  • Ask us how today. Call 1-888-376-7136 or email
Like us on Facebook has expanded our online  presence to Facebook. The new Facebook Page will provide you a wealth of information and updates on School and Children’s nutrition.

Looking for FREE Math Practice tests?

We are launching a new product and would like you to be part of a focus group. is partnering with one of the leaders in online education to bring our students of Grades 3 to 5, practice tests to help them reinforce their classroom learning. Some of the unique features-

  • Web based solution focused on improving individual student’s performance in Math using formulated assessments.
  • Individual Grade level academic testing either by topic or based on national standards.
  • Timed tests with realistic test environment.
  • Instant score reporting with answer guide.
  • Use it as a supplement to classroom teaching for preparing students for standardized tests.
  • An affordable solution to improve scores with minimal teacher input.
  • Parents can monitor individual student progress.

Be among the first to try this exciting online learning tool.  Logon at Sign up for a free user account with User Group Name: Hotlunch During the trial period these test are free to use, please send us your feedback to

Make a Healthier Pizza

We don't typically think of pizza as being a part of a healthy diet because it's usually high in total fats, saturated fat, sodium and calories. But people love pizza and it's possible to make a healthier pizza at home when you control the types and amounts of toppings.
One slice of pizza usually has at least 300 calories, so it doesn't take long to eat most of your day's calorie needs in one sitting. If you do order a pizza at a restaurant, be sure to eat a healthy green salad first so that you feel fuller before indulging -- and don't end up eating half of the pizza. You may find that one slice really does fill you up without adding lots of unwanted calories and fat.

You can make your own pizza at home quite easily. Cut back on high-fat ingredients and add lots of low-calorie, high-fiber vegetables.

Tips for Making a Healthier Pizza
Use a whole grain crust. You can purchase a pre-made whole wheat pizza crust, or make your own by substituting whole wheat flour for part or all of the white flour in a pizza crust recipe. Whole grains add fiber which will keep you feeling full longer and is crucial for a healthy digestive system.

Use plenty of pizza sauce. The main ingredient in pizza sauce is tomato paste, which is an excellent source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help to prevent some chronic disease. Look for pizza sauce with less sodium.

Cut back on the cheese. Although cheese is an excellent source of calcium, a lot of the calories of a pizza come from the cheese. Use just a light sprinkling of cheese, choose a lower-fat type of cheese to cut calories and saturated fat, or switch to a vegetarian cheese alternative.

Don't use greasy processed meats. Pepperoni and sausage are high in fats, and processed meats are associated with stomach and colorectal cancer. Choose lean topping options, such as chicken or shrimp, or skip the meat altogether and make a vegetarian pizza.

Double the veggies. They're nutritious and low in calories, so use generous amounts of vegetables as toppings. Some delicious choices include sun-dried tomatoes, onions, broccoli, spinach, olives, spinach, peppers and mushrooms.
More About School Lunches, Nutrition and Healthy Kids

What's the difference between Greek and regular yogurt?

What are the health implications of banning trans fats?

Health services offers nutrition courses for students

Study: Possible link between stomach problems, autism

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 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Association of Health Care Journalists.   Shereen writes about nutrition for the large website (, is co-author of Superfoods for Dummies ( and Clinical Anatomy for Dummies ( She also teaches Evidence Based Nutrition to nutrition graduate students at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.