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Entrepreneur Steve Case: The Market Can Solve School Nutrition Problems

After making a $30-million investment in a school lunch company, technology entrepreneur Steve Case has told Time magazine that the market can solve the problem that now has Washington, D.C., politically flummoxed. “I’m not running into anybody, on the Republican side or the Democrat side, who’s saying, ‘We believe in unhealthy meals,’” said Case, the… Continue Reading

Nutrition Standards Won’t Fix Big Food’s Worst Child Marketing Tactics


Last month, I participated in an important panel at a childhood obesity conference to discuss the current strategy backed by some advocacy groups: asking industry to market “healthier” foods to children. But as Susan Linn and I recently argued, any marketing to children is harmful, regardless of the product’s nutritional content. Instead of begging corporations to… Continue Reading

Seattle Puts Healthy Snacks in City’s Vending Machines

Three years after Seattle put healthy snacks in vending machines located in parks and recreation facilities, the city Monday applied the policy to all its properties. That means that at least half of the options in vending machines on city-owned property must be considered “healthier” and “healthiest” options.  To meet this criteria, food items need… Continue Reading

USDA Revamps School Nutrition Standards

In an effort to lower childhood obesity rates – which have been climbing rapidly over the past 3 decades – the Obama Administration is raising the bar on school nutrition.  With the help of First Lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wednesday revealed a new set of regulations for school meals, marking… Continue Reading

Obama Urged to Push Kids’ Food Marketing Regs

Academic experts from across the nation are calling on President Obama to ensure that his administration establishes guidelines on marketing food to children. In a letter to the President Tuesday, more than 75 researchers in the fields of nutrition, marketing, medicine and public health asked that the Obama administration finalize its proposed guidelines on nutritional… Continue Reading

Senate Potato Block Wants No School Lunch Limits

Anyone who thought Congress was out of it once it adopted the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act more than a year ago probably does not understand the money and complexity involved in new nutritional standards for school lunches. USDA’s new nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program are getting their first test kitchen treatment as… Continue Reading

Restaurant Chains Promise Healthier Kid Meals

Nineteen restaurant chains, including Burger King, Denny’s, IHOP and Outback Steakhouse, have signed on to a National Restaurant Association initiative to offer children healthy menu items. Called “Kids LiveWell,” the program promises to offer and promote a selection of foods based on recommendations from a number of nutrition studies, including the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines. … Continue Reading

Helping Kids Opt for Healthy Food at School

Food Safety News talks with leaders of some of the nation’s top school nutrition programs to find out what motivates kids to choose healthy food at the cafeteria. You can lead a child to cauliflower, but can you make him eat it? Getting kids to choose wholesome foods is becoming increasingly important as schools across the country… Continue Reading