Just in case you were thinking that this week’s kids’ nutrition news was all about Happy Meals that still haven’t rotted six months later, think again. It is National School Lunch week, after all. Plus, there are plenty of other good stories you should know about:
Chefs at Schools: Chefs arrived at 67 Chicago public schools last week as part of the first coordinated push of Chefs Move to Schools, the White House initiative that aims to create a volunteer chef corps to educate kids about food and nutrition (via the Washington Post).
Food Psychology: The USDA announced what it called a major new initiative Tuesday, giving $2 million to food behavior scientists to find ways to use psychology to improve kids’ use of the federal school lunch program and fight childhood obesity (via USA Today).
Eating Out, Eating More: A fascinating new study from the USDA’s Economic Research Service shows how kids’ calorie intake increases up to 145 calories per meal when they eat out at restaurants or school, as compared to home (via Jolly Tomato – that’s us!)
Whole-Grain Pasta: A new generation of whole-grain pasta isn’t gummy anymore, according to the New York Times. The Gia Russa whole-wheat fettuccine with a faint honey flavor is even described as the “perfect kid pasta.”
Latino Child Nutrition: The National Council of La Raza is releasing a series of reports on Latino child nutrition. This week: Links between Latino child nutrition and access to health care (via the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Childhood Obesity team).
Iron Intake: The American Academy of Pediatrics has set guidelines for young children’s iron intake based on age. Toddlers ages 1 to 3 years need 7 mg/day of iron. It’s best if this comes from foods, including red meats, iron-rich vegetables, and fruits with vitamin C, which enhances iron absorption.
Special Treats: Last but not least, we learned about a site called No Trick Treats that helps Halloween treat-givers let trick-or-treaters know if they are giving out gluten-free, peanut-free, or other treats appropriate for those with allergies. Register so that the trick-or-treaters know where to find you (via 8th Continent Soy).
Happy Friday to all!