School nutrition professionals at a Minnesota high school do much more than cook school meals. Besides designing a plan within budget, they begin planning menus two months before the beginning of a new school year. They also work to meet federal meal requirements by creating food charts and color coding different food groups to help students choose items as they go through the lunch line.
The number of obese children in kindergarten to eighth grade in New York City fell by 5.5% from 2006-2007 to 2010-2011, CDC researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report showed that obesity rates among elementary- and middle-school students in the city's public schools dropped from 21.9% in 2006-2007 to 20.7% in 2010-2011.
Changeable factors such as friends and exercise opportunities appeared to influence an individual's concept of acceptable weight during childhood, but not in later years, according to a study in Obesity. The findings underscore the importance of implementing obesity-prevention programs in early childhood and at a household level to have significant effect, researchers said.
Lodi Memorial Hospital in California spent $14 million for a kitchen makeover designed to allow for room-service delivery of patient meals. There now are 13 menus that include meals for patients on restricted diets, and because patients have more choice, there is less wasted food, which saves money.
A group of pediatricians in Massachusetts appeared at the State House on Thursday to urge legislators to put an end to a sales-tax exemption for sugar-sweetened drinks. The Boston Foundation and its partners printed up to 5,000 prescription pads showing soda bottles with a line through them. The campaign aims to show a "community of support" for taxing drinks, foundation spokesman Keith Mahoney said.