A small study found using a traffic-light label may be better at helping people choose healthier foods than an information-based label, researchers reported in Obesity. The study says people would pay more for a product if a traffic-light label on it was "green" and less if it was "red" than when it just showed an information label.
New USDA meat labeling rules went into effect Thursday, requiring packages to list where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. The rules, which apply to steaks and roasts but not ground beef, were supported by some farmers groups and consumer organizations but opposed by the meat packing industry and the National Grocers Association.
Jermaine Wiggins, a former member of the New England Patriots, recently visited a high school in New Hampshire to congratulate the school for its participation in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. During an assembly, Wiggins recommended that students eat a good breakfast.
Officials in an Indiana school district hope to improve their summer meal program after confusion last year led some to believe they had to live within Crawfordsville to participate. Instead, officials say, they are working to spread the word that free and reduced-price meals are available to anyone in Montgomery County. The goal is to provide meals for students who otherwise might go hungry when school is out.
Beginning in August, a French-American public charter school in Santa Rosa, Calif., will begin offering organic meals and communal-style dining. Additional funds needed to support the change will come from a $6 million school nutrition fund, but eventually the program will be self-sustaining due to higher meal prices.