A Missouri school district plans to expand its after-school supper program to all elementary schools this year. Currently, 18 of 24 schools participate in the program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ellen Cram, the district's school nutrition director, helped launch the program after realizing that students participating in after-school activities were going too long between lunch and dinner. Students at participating schools now receive either a chef salad or a turkey and cheese sandwich, as well as fresh fruit or a vegetable and milk.
Eating high-volume foods such as soups, whole grains and lean meat that are low in calories helps dieters consume greater portions, attain satiety and lose weight, says Barbara Rolls, creator of the Volumetrics diet. She suggests adding fruits and vegetables to everything, filling your plate with low-calorie ingredients and opting for small portions of low-fat protein.
Fountain Valley Regional Hospital in Orange County, Calif., used modified recipes created by chef Martin Yan for its Asian food menu, designed to appeal to the more than 40% of staff and 36% of patients who are of Asian ethnicity. Yan worked with the hospital to develop the menu and was on hand for the debut, showing how to cook healthy Asian foods and emphasizing vegetables not commonly used in American recipes.
HBO's documentary series "Weight of the Nation" is part of a public-health campaign that also includes a book and screening kits for schools, libraries and other community-based organizations. The final episode of the four-part series, "Challenges," includes experts who talk about what drives the obesity epidemic, citing farm subsidies, food marketing and lifestyle issues.
The President's Fitness Council has launched the Active Play Presidential Lifestyle Award Challenge, a program in which participants are encouraged to record their physical activity while playing video games. The award requires students to be physically active for at least an hour a day, five days a week, for six out of eight weeks and to commit to one new eating goal for six of the eight weeks.