Students at Casa Grande Union High School in Arizona who volunteered for PHAT class have lost 120 pounds since August. The class, which students named, emphasizes exercise and nutrition and is operated by physical-education teacher Kurt Kieser, who created it for children who wanted to lose weight. Kieser participates in the program with students every day and cooks for them twice a week.
While the U.S. Department of Agriculture has offered districts some flexibility in implementing new school meal standards, nutrition professionals in several Connecticut districts say they plan to move forward with their plans under the previous guidelines, as retraining staff and students would be challenging. Others are delaying making any changes until further direction from the state department of education.
Holiday traditions vary around the world, but none are quite as quirky as the radish-carving contest held every Dec. 23 in Oaxaca, Mexico. Yesterday morning, contestants in the Night of the Radishes contest set up their stalls in the town's plaza to display their artistic carvings of the hefty root vegetable, fashioned into everything from baby Jesus lying in a manger to the character Mr. Bill.
Day care centers in the U.S. are doing more to serve children healthier options, including hiring registered dietitians to create new menu choices for children and partnering with local farms that provide fresh produce. Registered dietitian Jayne Peterson of Quality Catering for Kids in Chicago says dietitians analyze recipes to determine appropriate age-based food portions, keep day care clients apprised of recipe ingredients and post menus.