Today kicks off National School Lunch Week! Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, National School Lunch Week is a weeklong celebration of the school lunch program. School Nutrition Association members celebrate in their cafeterias every year with decorations, special menus, events and more. The 2014 theme is “Get in the Game with School Lunch.” It’s about encouraging kids to find a balance between healthy eating and physical activity. This year’s theme recognizes the importance of eating well and getting active!
Last week the School Nutrition Association held their Annual National Conference in Boston, MA. I was lucky enough to attend the conference where I met so many amazing people and learned a ton about providing schools with healthy food. Who knew how much actually goes into getting healthier foods into our kid’s schools AND trying to figure out how to educate them to eat it! So many kids across the country are not exposed to different fruits and vegetables at home. It’s great to have healthy food in the schools, but we also don’t want to waste it – we want the kids to eat and enjoy it!
Summer camp is a place for your kids to swim, play sports, run around and have fun! If your child has a food allergy, summer camp can seem scary. It’s not uncommon to find peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or products consisting of eggs and wheat in the camp cafeteria, but for many children who suffer with food allergies, these products can raise high concerns. According to The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), 8% of U.S. kids have been diagnosed with food allergies and every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction
I’ve never been a big cook, but now that I have a family I do my very best to put a home cooked meal on the table for dinner every night. One thing I am crazy about, is food safety. I am the person who throws something out the minute after the expiration date, washes my hands with antibacterial soap three times after I touch eggs or uncooked meat, and re-washes lettuce that’s been pre-washed. However; I admit that I don’t REALLY know all the rules when it comes to food safety. So let’s get to the bottom of it and debunk all of those myths.
Parents want nothing less than the best for their kids. They do not want their kids to make the same mistakes that they did when they were younger. Parents get monstrous when another kid in school hits their baby. They curse the first boy that broke their little girl’s heart. The list goes on, and that list includes having healthy, if not perfect set of teeth. Hence, parents resort to different tactics for how to make their five-year-olds brush their teeth before bedtime, to avoid eating candies, and to find trips to the dentist enjoyable– the last one being the hardest among kids of all ages or people of all generations.
With 24/7 access to nutritionally depleted, technologically created, chemically treated “food,” many of us are taking in thousands of calories that do little to sustain us, let alone nourish us and encourage us to thrive. With so many of us existing this way today, is it any wonder why we struggle with our weight and health?