For the first time since it subjected conscientious objectors to severe calorie restrictions during World War II, the federal government is again experimenting with diet restrictions for schoolchildren.

Changes in school lunch programs to get more fruits and vegetables on the menu – and cut the fat and salt – have gained much attention in…

Porcupine Sliders, turkey burgers jazzed up with brown rice, spinach, celery, garlic spices and dried cranberries, captured the grand prize in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids competition.

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The Porcupine Sliders were served up by the team from Intermediate District 287, South Education Center Alternative in Richfield, Minn. at the national cook-off held …

Efforts to serve local food in schools are expanding nationwide, but creating a market between small farms and school districts still poses many challenges, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first report on farm-to-school initiatives.

vegforschools-featured.jpgOver the past year, a team of nine government representatives visited 15 school districts operating farm to school programs …

In Washington, D.C. school lunch reform advocates are hosting a screening of Lunch Line, a documentary on the history of National School Lunch Program.

Karen Duncan, wife of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Christie Vilsack, wife of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, are scheduled to attend the debut for the film, which is …

Some kids have already started attending classes, and most will be back in school after Labor Day.  Many parents may justifiably be wondering about recent efforts to improve the quality of the food served to their children in these schools. According to an Institute of Medicine Report released in October 2009, school-age children eat too…

A group of retired military officers yesterday cited school lunches as a threat to America’s national security.

Mission: Readiness, as the group is called, appeared yesterday on Capitol Hill with Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind) and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack touting a report that says fatty school lunches make children so obese that future military recruitment…

As part of its initiative to improve school lunch safety, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting grant applications from universities to establish a center of excellence for school food safety research. The agency will grant one award of $800,000 for FY 2010 to establish the research center.

researcher-featured.jpgThe center’s mission will be “to …