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These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes

These Days, School Lunch Hours Are More Like 15 Minutes | Nutrition Education in Schools | Scoop.it
It's lunchtime at Oakland High School in Oakland, Calif., and that means fence hoppers. Several kids wear mischievous grins as they speedily scale a
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This article stood out to me because it discusses an issue that I see taking places first hand in schools today. In my field placement, the elementary school only gives the students 15 minutes of recess and 30 mins of lunch. However, by the time the students get to recess they have 10 mins to play and by the time they receive their lunch, they have about 10-15 minutes to eat. This article is a direct reflection of this and describes how in Oakland HIgh School, the students are only receiving about 10 minutes to eat their lunch. One point in this article I found very interesting was that the students said that having less time to eat develops unhealthy eating habits. When you have 10 minutes to eat, you are more likely to grab a quick bag of chips than make a healthy salad. This is very ironic because while new federal school-nutrition guidelines are increasing the availability of fruits and vegetables in schools, these healthful foods are more time consuming to eat. Overall, I think that this article reflects how we are giving out children mixed messages about overall health and nutrition. We are teaching our students about making healthful choices at lunch, but not providing them with enough time to do so. This also relates back to my placement school. While universally, schools are trying to promote healthy habits such as daily exercise, the students at this school are only receiving 10-15 minutes to run around and play. I think this article does the job of capturing how federal guidelines and actuality within schools are differing, which is something we need to change. Similarly, this was the first article I have found through my research on nutrition in education that relates eating time to healthful habits, and I believe that is an important connection to make. 

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DeLisle Elementary holds Family Night, talks about fitness | Neighbors | The Sun Herald

DeLisle Elementary holds Family Night, talks about fitness | Neighbors | The Sun Herald | Nutrition Education in Schools | Scoop.it
A Family Night event at DeLisle Elementary School aimed to emphasize the importance of physical fitness and help families connect with resources in their community.
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I picked to include this article in my content curation because I believe it makes a very important point. While it is very important to educate students within education about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, but without educating their families, there may be little to no change in their habits. At DeLisle Elementary School, the school held a family night that emphasized the importance of physical fitness and to help connect the families to resources within their communities. The one thing that I found was amazing about this program was that they used examples in the community, such as current student athletes, to talk to their peers about the importance of physical fitness. Similarly, this program displayed the strong connection between physical fitness and academic success. I feel like children are always learning to study hard and live a healthy life, but this is the first example where I saw educators really connect the two and show that living a healthy lifestyle truly does lead to academic success. I think that tying these two ideals together is of the upmost importance, especially when trying to get this message across to children. I believe that schools across the country should be holding family nights like DeLisle Elementary School because when you introduce an idea as a family goal, instead of an individual goal, it tends to lead to greater success. 

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Mary Berry: Children should be taught to cook a minimum of TEN meals at school

Mary Berry: Children should be taught to cook a minimum of TEN meals at school | Nutrition Education in Schools | Scoop.it
Teachers should show young people how to make a selection of healthy, good value meals, the Great British Bake Off host, pictured, has said.
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I found this article very interesting because it was a topic I never really thought about before. In all my other research about nutrition education, it talks about learning to eat healthier foods. The unique perspective of this article is that, not only does Mary Berry, a famous chef and host of the Great British Bake Off, believe in teaching nutrition, but se believes in teaching children how to take this knowledge one  step further by learning how to cook. Berry believes that all students should learn how to cook at least 10 healthy and cost effective meals. This way, when students leave the classroom, they are able to implement what they have learned and go home and cook for their families. Similarly, we often see that healthful foods tend to be more expensive than fast food options, so providing children with cost effective options can make a strong impact in what their family chooses to eat. I found this new perspective on nutrition education to be an amazing idea because it allows kids to get involved first hand in their health and then be able to implement it in their homes. 

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Are Anti-Obesity Campaigns Causing Eating Disorders in Kids?

Are Anti-Obesity Campaigns Causing Eating Disorders in Kids? | Nutrition Education in Schools | Scoop.it
Is the war on obesity triggering eating disorders in children? Health officials are looking hard at the darker side of adolescent weight loss. Shirley Wang joins Lunch Break with details. Photo: Getty Images.
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I was really intrigued by this video because I never considered the negative affects that anti-obesity campaigns in schools can have on some children. While we have seen a drop in childhood obesity after these programs were implemented, especially in low income families, how do we measure if the children are receiving the message in a healthful way? Children start out doing what they believe is a "healthy thing" by reducing their weight, which is what they were told to do by schools and parents, but for some, this gets out of control and they actually experience all of the psychological, medical, and physical symptoms of a child with anorexia. The main question is, how do we get the message given in schools of a healthy lifestyle across in a positive and healthful way to avoid these issues? Doctors believe that instead of focusing on the numbers of weight loss, we should be focusing on children's behaviors and what they can actually do to live a healthy life. This video gave me a whole new perspective on nutrition in education and taught me that children perceive information in various ways.
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Schools Sending 'Fat Letters' Home To Parents With Bigger Kids | The Rubin Report

Schools in 19 states have started to conduct annual weigh-ins of students that test for their body mass index, which is used to determine if someone is overw...
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I really enjoyed watching this video because it explored many different opinions and problems facing our children in schools today. This video talked about schools that are issuing an annual weigh in for their students to check their Body Mass Index to determine if they are in the healthy weight range. These results than get sent home to the parents. These "fat letters", although are harsh, I believe are going to be helpful. We have continued to see childhood obesity rapidly increase throughout the years, therefore, there clearly needs to be more done to help students get healthy. One point mentioned in this video that I agree with and am infuriated by is that we see all these reforms for promoting exercise and healthy play, but while this is all very important, it is not only exercise that needs to be improved. Children need to be taught how to eat healthy meals, because if their eating habits are not turned around, they will not find success. I find it horrible how we see schools serving their students cheap and fatty cuts of protein because of budget cuts. Than why are we complaining that our children are obese if were deciding to feed them unhealthy foods? 

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Is it wrong to monitor a childs body mass index and send the reports home? I think to a certain extent but not really. It is important for parents to know how unhealthy poor eating habits/choices create. It is important for the childs parent/ guardian to be aware of obesity which links to other health issues.   I understand there are budget cuts and other social economic issues but it is necessary to change the eating habits of young children. Promoting healthy eating habits creates a healthy lifestyle. This video is interesting because it presents three different opinions on this matter. 

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Cupcake Bans At Elementary School Classroom Parties May Reduce Obesity

Nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese, but sugary sweets are often on the menu at elementary school classroom parties.
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One of my most favorite memories of Elementary school was celebrating my birthday by bringing in cupcakes and sharing them with my friends and classmates. Therefore, it truly sadens me that this tradition is one that many feel needs to be banned from schools. Although I loved these parties as a kid, now as an adult, I can see the negative reprocussions of serving these sugary sweets in classroom parties. I believe that the celebration aspect should not be lost, and teachers should work with parents to find a suitable alternative for these birthday celebrations, without loosing the excitement for children. One idea could be brining in cool pencils or other goodies to give out to their classmates so the focus can be on the celebration rather than the food. 

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We Are Hungry

Good news! The USDA will allow more meats and grains in school lunches following criticisms of parents and lawmakers. To all supporters of our video, thank y...
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This video is a parody on the national school lunch policy, mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The opening image of this video I feel is very powerful. It said that active teens require between 2000-5000 calories a day to meet their energy and growth needs, but school lunch policy mandates all teens receive only 750-850 calories per lunch. Although this video is very exaggerated, it sends a very powerful message about school lunches. This video depicts how school lunches not only do not fill students up, but they are also not nutritious. Without nutritious food, students do not have the fuel to do activities throughout the day or focus in class. There was one scene where the school lunch policy is being burned, which I thought was very moving. This shows how the students feel that the school lunch policy is unfair and detrimental to their health and well being. I believe that this informative video is very significant because it comes from the point of view of the student, the ones being directly affected by this policy. I think that more and more students should speak out about the impact of this policy on their lives. They are the ones who can make a difference. 

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Schools trade in sugar, fat - HT Health

Schools trade in sugar, fat - HT Health | Nutrition Education in Schools | Scoop.it
New laws to require schools pack healthy foods in vending machines, stores, menus
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This article describes new federal rules that will be taken into effect in schools nationwide in the fall of 2014. This law with require all school vending machines, stores, and a la carte lunch options to provide only healthful foods. Vending machines will now contain snacks like granola bars, nuts, and water. Programs like this need to be put into affect because students who eat both school breakfast and lunches are typically consuming more than half their daily value of calories. These new restrictions were mandated by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 which has been working to increase fruit and vegetables and reduce fat, sodium, and sugar in school foods. This article states that schools are having trouble adjusting to these new foods because they have been loosing a lot of revenue that the vending machines used to make. However, i feel this is a non-important side affect when changing these foods have been proven to reduce adolescence's BMI and decrease overall weight gain in schools implementing these new rules. Overall, I found that this article shows the importance of these new regulations being implemented in schools. This article gave me hope that once schools start regulating their foods for nutrition, starting in less than a year, than the issue of child obesity has a chance of ending for good. I believe that the schools are the central problem causing childhood obesity, and if these changes are implemented, than it can have a direct and positive affect on combating childhood obesity. 

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A Musical Message for Children on Healthy Eating

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A former Rockette runs a program teaching children in New York City public schools about better nutrition through dance, music and a play.

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This article talks about Helen Butleroff-Leahy, a former Rockette turned registered dietitian and her mission to teach students in disadvantaged neighborhoods about healthful eating and exercising regularly. Leahy goes  to various classroom around NYC and teach these lessons in a form of a musical production that explains the essentials of healthy habits. The musical is centered around Leahy's message, "you are what you eat. you got the power, you got the might, to eat right and keep it light." Leahy also focuses on food groups and what are healthy options in each group. She does this through dance and raps that are both interesting to children and easy to remember. I think that Leahy's project is so important and impactful because "children learn best through active participation and repetition." I think this project engages children's multi-sensory minds and therefore, the message gets through to children who often then bring the messages home with them, reforming unhealthy home lifestyles and directly combating obesity in America. In all, I wish that every elementary school across America implemented a program similar to Leahy's because it is educational, but most importantly teaches children healthful habits in a fun and engaging way. 

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School officials launch new program to fight childhood obesity - KOMO News

School officials launch new program to fight childhood obesity - KOMO News | Nutrition Education in Schools | Scoop.it
School officials launch new program to fight childhood obesity KOMO News SNOHOMISH, Wash - A Snohomish County Coalition is using new technology to fight childhood obesity and improve academics, as thousands of fifth grade students throughout the...
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A Snohomish county school is implementing a new program to help track their students physical activity in hopes to promote healthier lifestyles. At first, I was skeptical about how this program will actually help these students and how it can accurately help their overall health. After reading this article and watching the video explaining the technology, I felll like this program can help promote nutrition and healthy living in schools tremendously. All children love computer games, so finding a way to combine a computer program and physical activity I fell will truly catch the children's attention and make a positive impact in fighting childhood obesity. 

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Project L.E.A.N. Makes Progress in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity - Patch.com

Project L.E.A.N. Makes Progress in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity - Patch.com | Nutrition Education in Schools | Scoop.it
Project L.E.A.N. Makes Progress in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
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Recently the second, third and fourth grader at Kendall Elementary School participated in orientation for Project L.E.A.N.
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Many elementary schools such as Kendall Elementary School is participating in the L.E.A.N (Learning with Energy from Activity and Nutrition) program. After learning about the program, I believe that it is such an affective way to teach young children about how to live a healthy lifestyle to help fight childhood obesity. By incorporating this program into the school curriculum, it makes sure that every kid who attends school is receiving this knowledge. Some of the activities this programs institutes that i condone include "Breakfast Boot Camp", where the children go to school 45 minutes early and participate in an exercise activity and then are provided with a filling and healthy breakfast. This program also provides nutrition classes taught by registered dietitians, allowing this important knowledge to be instilled within an academic setting. I fully support the L.E.A.N program and believe that the progress it has made in fighting childhood obesity in Kendall Elementary school can be implemented and successful in schools across the world.
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Kids' Healthy Kids' Garden Activities- Teaching Students Gardening, Fun Online Kids' Gardening Activities, Teacher Resources Printables, Worksheets

Kids' Healthy Kids' Garden Activities- Teaching Students Gardening, Fun Online Kids' Gardening Activities, Teacher Resources Printables, Worksheets | Nutrition Education in Schools | Scoop.it
Fun learning pages, worksheets and coloring sheets that introduce children to the fun of gardening. Kids see just how interactive and fun fresh food is when they learn about gardening and planting.
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This website consists of several fun and interesting ways for children to learn about nutrition and gardening. By using these fun coloring sheets, teachers can explain to their students the importance of living a nutritious and sustainable life through an activity they will enjoy doing. I personally love this website and think its a great way introduce kids to nutrition. As a child, I never was exposed to knowledge about gardening and healthy living. Personally, i feel like giving children this exposer is necessary at such a young age and introducing it in a fun and interactive way as well. This way, learning about nutrition does not feel like a chore for children, but rather a fun activity.  

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