Random tidbits you should know about:
Jane Black’s Slate Article: School Lunch Is Not the Answer
Reactions from The Slow Cook: Whoever said fixing school lunch would solve obesity? and The Lunch Tray: Is It Fair to Lay Childhood Obesity at the Schoolhouse Door?
My thoughts: Childhood obesity is a big deal. It’s not something any school district can afford to ignore. Parents shape their children’s nutrition and culture from birth. But starting in preschool or kindergarten, schools have children during the heart of their day — school is your child’s work.
Schools contribute to the obesity/nutrition issue in a positive or a negative way. School districts should strive to make sure that if they were ever called up in front of a judge to testify about their involvement in the obesity epidemic that they could say with all honesty that the school district did nothing to contribute to obesity and that it was all home environment. Right now school districts that offer pizza every day, chicken nuggets three times a week, and no recess can’t say that.
Jackie blogged with a trailer for Lunch Love Community, but what I really love about this post is her quote:
School food is a global issue and diet related health problems are hitting the poorest and most vulnerable citizens the world over. What a difference decent school food programmes could make if we cared enough to act. – Jackie Schneider
Chef Tim Cipriano is cooking up some exciting flavors for our nation’s governors inspired by the HealthierUS School Challenge. (NH School Food)
Speaking of the HealthierUS School Challenge, First Lady Michelle Obama is looking to find some additional schools to sign up by June. (ObamaFoodoRama)
Also I think I like the new mayor of Chicago’s ideas about food (ObamaFoodoRama) Maybe one day we’ll have lunch.
Study finds asthma linked to gluten (SureFoodsLiving) — so interesting considering that after six months of school lunch, I was diagnosed with mild asthma! And then they are also finding a link between Vitamin D and allergies (The Lunch Tray). Recently I was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency. Very interesting indeed.
Daily recommended servings of fruit and vegetables for just $2 a day (Feed Our Families Blog)
Also you can participate in getting food to those who need it: ShareUrMeal to donate to hunger relief in Philadelphia every time you snap a picture of your food (The Lunch Tray) as well as Eat out Thursday in DC to benefit DC Farm to School. (Better DC School Food)
And for laughs — feeding babies 7-Up! (The Lunch Tray)