This month, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences will make recommendations regarding appropriate nutrition standards for foods and beverages at school, with attention given to foods and beverages offered in competition with federally-reimbursable meals and snacks. PAJF will post highlights of the study as soon as it is published, please check back for details.
This month's recipes include Recipe Makeovers for NY Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Banana Bread (HINT: they are all low-fat). You will also find Easy Weeknight Meals and Healthy Side Dishes like White Chicken Chili, Cape Cod Picnic Salad, Low-Fat Mashed Potatoes, and Wild Rice Pilaf. Tastings and Testings are also included.
Click on the link above to see what junk foods are being sold in America's Public Schools.
Meet Susan Lacy, School Food Service Director at Stoneham Public School, Stoneham, Mass.
If you are a resident in Massachusetts, you can help pass the Act to Promote Proper School Nutrition. This act is seeing to replace sodas with healthier drinks, such as water, low- and non-fat milk, and juice, set healthy standards for fat and sugar in snacks and make fresh fruits and vegetables available in cafeterias. Click on the link above to make sure that this bill is passed into law.
Read the U.S. News & World Report article about Parents Against Junk Food.
10 Facts Every Parent Should Know
"The school system is where you build brand loyalty."
— John Alm, Former President, Coca-Cola
Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 5, 2003
What Is "Parents Against Junk Food"?
We are an organization devoted to eliminating junk food from our public school system. No sodas. No candy bars. No chips. No processed lunch or foods of minimal nutritional value. Let’s ask our public schools to feed both body and mind properly, to take seriously their role as guardians of our children’s health and welfare. It is time to take the corporate profit out of school lunches and replace it with common sense, good nutrition, and the love and care that our children surely deserve.
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FACT: 17% of American children are overweight.
FACT: A single 12-ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.
FACT: In the past 30 years, the occurrence of overweight in children has doubled and it is now estimated that one in five children in the US is overweight.
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