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Friday Food News Wrap: March 4

It’s March, which means it’s National Nutrition Month, as sponsored by the American Dietetic Association. Their message for this month is “Eat Right – With Color.” We love this message, especially at a time of year when we are ready to shed the winter blahs and get some real color into our meals. If you need some inspiration, check out the ADA’s resources page for tips, recipes, and more. And for another great take, see this story and recipe for Rainbow Vegetable Stew from PBS Parents’ Kitchen Explorers. (Speaking of rainbows, we’ve thrown in some pictures of these great colors we spotted this week at the Santa Monica farmers’ market.)

Can a nutrition awareness month be effective in the current environment? Fooducate, unfortunately, is skeptical on several fronts.  But they can certainly find agreement with the ADA on this point: “Will insurance companies wake up and start to subsidize dietitian visits? We certainly hope so. Because ultimately, obesity and food disease prevention is much cheaper than ‘cure-ation.'”

Childhood Obesity: What else are people talking about this week? It looks like Slate’s “Time to Trim” forum on reducing childhood obesity is drawing lots of interesting responses, including this one from Jane Black that reforming school lunch alone is not the answer. We were tipped off to this entry by a great little side discussion over at the Lunch Tray, one of our favorite sources for school lunch and nutrition news.

Frozen Foods?: Speaking of school lunches, a report that the Boston Public Schools have been using frozen foods past their expiration date has sparked a debate about the safety of using “old” frozen foods for the kids. Is cheese that has been frozen for two years just as nutritious as fresh cheese?

Get-Well Foods: As the flu season drags on, we have a great resource for what to feed your kids when they are sick. For example, should you starve a fever? No, says Pediatric Safety, calorie-rich fare is the way to go. Check out that advice and more in “The Best Foods for Sick Kids.”

Five-Second Rule: The New York Times reports that what we call the “five-second rule” should really be a “zero-second rule” given the amount of time it takes for food to get contaminated if it falls on the floor. OK, but realistically, we’re still probably going to pick up Cheerios, toast, pretzels, and other “dry” foods that fall on our floor.

Happy Friday to all!

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