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The Weight of the Nation - Challenges for Famili...

We are in the midst of a unit on food and food systems ecology in my  high school biology class, so I couldn't think of a better time for the HBO series Weight of the Nation to air.  Even better is the fact that HBO is generously sharing this show with everyone, even if you aren't a subscriber. I found this portion of the show especially compelling - it focuses on our  nation's children and the obesity crisis we are currently in.  Things definitely  need to change around here.  Maybe one...

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Realistic Kid-Friendly Menu Plan for the Week

[caption id="attachment_5210" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Michelle Obama at the Chefs Move to Schools Launch in DC"][/caption] Last year, the Let’s Move campaign launched a new arm of the plan called Let’s Cook, with the intention of helping families across America select healthy recipes to cook for their families.  Chefs would share menu plans, and families could print the recipes and share them with their friends.  But these recipes are too time consuming and expensive for...

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Halloween – Limit the Candy Chaos…or Not?

It's almost Halloween. You know what that means...The kids are asking for a different costume every other day and are lured by treats placed strategically near the checkout stands at the market. It's decision time: How will you handle the loot that comes home with your little ghoul? Will it be a gorge-fest or will the candy-fairy come and take most of the haul off into the sunset? What the heck - Halloween comes only once a year. Why not let the kids eat their fill? Well, at the risk of...

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Cookery Classes to be compulsory in England…

A friend sent me an article this week from the BBC. It's headline reads: Cookery Classes to be Compulsory; Cookery lessons are to be compulsory in England's secondary schools for children aged 11 to 14. The article goes on to say that the move is part of the strategy to tackle obesity, as experts believe that 1 million children will be obese in a decade. While it isn't perfect, I am in LOVE with this idea.  Part of the appeal is that their government is taking an interest in the health of their...

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