Today the House Education & Workforce Committee will be considering the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2023 (H.R. 1147), a misguided and harmful bill that prioritizes corporate interests at the expense of child health. H.R. 1147 would allow school meals to offer whole milk, increasing the overall allowance of saturated fat in school meals, inconsistent with the recommendations of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.    School meals are required by law to meet the Guidelines, which clearly […]

From VOA Learning English, this is the Health & Lifestyle report. When it comes to making lunch for their kids, moms and dads have usual favorites. For some parents in the United States, those favorites are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — also known as PB&Js. Fruit like apples and bananas are also popular. But one mother has an unusual go-to ingredient for her children’s lunches. Jenny Mollen uses funny-looking candy eyes. She has learned that her children will eat […]

Los Angeles Unified School District allegedly promoted an odd video on social media about “food neutrality,” food choices and health, obviously marketed at children. In the video, which is like something out of the freaky Willy Wonka movie with Johnny Depp, bizarre women claim “food choices are based on a false standard of health.” A very large African American woman says “we are incorrectly taught from a young age that our size and therefore the foods that we eat are […]

If you’re a parent, you know that the school year and all the extracurricular activities that come along with it can make weekdays extra busy—not to mention the weekends full of sports, playdates, and parties to attend. In a perfect world, you’d have the time, energy, and resources to prepare healthy food for your kids at every meal, but when life gets busy that may not always be possible. For the busiest days when you’re in a bind, fast food […]

Tammy Wham can’t get her hands on canned corn or whole grain muffins. Both are staples in the public school kitchen in Ennis, where Wham serves as kitchen manager — or, she quips, “head lunch lady.” Wham and her staff serve breakfast and lunch to roughly 340 K-12 students daily, but numerous menu items and ingredients have become difficult or impossible to acquire this fall due to national food shortages and supply chain complications. “I’ve been here since 2001,” said […]

Festus Amadu is a postdoctoral research associate in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, where he works with Daniel Miller. Amadu’s research focuses on forests, trees, and livelihoods in Africa, with primary research activities that include compiling and analyzing data on the socioeconomic dimensions of forests and trees on farms in Malawi and several other countries in Africa. Other research interests include the use of applied econometrics to model the adoption, impacts, and pathways […]