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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • March 11 2015
    By: Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics -- Pediatricians understand all too well the toll that obesity and malnutrition are taking on the health and well-being of our nation’s children. Pediatricians, not politicians, know what’s best for the health of our children, which is why the healthier school meals are based on the advice of pediatricians and nutrition experts.
  • March 11 2015
    By Tricia L. Psota, PhD, RDN, Nutritionist, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion -- Whether you are just beginning to grow your family, raising “tweens”, or keeping in touch with loved ones far away, family is the focus at home. MyPlate can help keep your family healthy with a variety of resources.
  • March 5 2015
    By Audrey Rowe, FNS Administrator -- Every day, millions of students are able to enjoy a nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunch thanks to the National School Lunch Program. Everyday they’re in school, that is. But what happens to these children when school lets out during the summer? That’s when vital programs offered by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service come into play.
  • March 5 2015
    By Brooke Hardison, USDA Office of Communications -- USDA nutrition programs help families gain access to safe, nutritious food. Still many families with children don’t have the security of knowing they will be able to feed their family tomorrow.  Further, many families often rely on cheaper, less healthy foods because of financial constraints and transportation issues. USDA is working to address the intertwined challenges of hunger, malnutrition and childhood obesity.
  • March 4 2015
    By Cullen Schwarz and Brooke Hardison, USDA Office of Communications -- A new study published in Childhood Obesity has again confirmed that students are consuming healthier food at school as a result of the updated meal standards.  The study further demonstrates that, contrary to anecdotal reports, the new standards are not contributing to an increase in plate waste.  
  • March 4 2015
    By Tony Hernandez, USDA Rural Housing Servcie -- In 2014, 21.6 million American children depended on free or reduced-price school lunches. When school lets out for the summer, many of these children do not get enough to eat and become at risk of all the health issues associated with hunger.  Poverty and the lack of food for children are persistent problems in rural  America.
  • March 3 2015
    By Tom Nelson, President, Share Our Strength -- As a nation, we spend a lot of time, effort and money on ways to better educate our children. In recent years, there have been fierce debates on No Child Left Behind, Common Core, teacher qualifications, textbook standards and more. These battles ignore one key factor, however: If our children are too hungry to learn, their success is doomed before we’ve even begun.
  • March 3 2015
    By Kevin Concannon, Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services -- We all want our children to succeed.  It’s an important value and one the entire country can rally around.  This March we’re redoubling our efforts to that commitment by celebrating National Nutrition Month and the importance of raising a healthier generation of kids. 
  • March 3 2015
    Attention nutrition educators helping Americans make healthy and budget-friendly choices—this edition of the What’s Cooking? Blog Series is for you!  If you haven’t already heard, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipes have a new home on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl web site.
  • March 3 2015
    By  Cheryl Jackson Lewis, Director, Nutrition Promotion and Technical Assistance Division, FNS --  USDA is excited to have an interactive website that can help Child Nutrition professionals expand their portfolio of recipes.  The newly released What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl Web site is a searchable database of recipes that can be used by school nutrition and child care center professionals in their foodservice operations.

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