Guest Blogger Rachel Khanna is the researcher behing the Food Fact pages for the Learning Center on our website. Her new book, Live, Eat, Cook Healthy provides in-depth information about how to choose the most nutritious and sustainable natural foods available. One thing to look out for: what lurks inside some foods with healthy-sounding names…
by Rachel Khanna
The other day, one of my daughters brought home a snack that she had purchased at the supermarket after school. It was a Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Cereal Bar. Not being a big fan or packaged snacks, I happened to pick up the wrapper to see how healthy this snack is before she popped it into her mouth. Continue reading →Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment August 20, 2012
TOBACCO LAWSUIT-WINNING LAWYERS SUING THE FOOD INDUSTRY FOR FALSE CLAIMS
Although the lawyers may be motivated by the potential payoff, I think these lawsuits will get people to pay attention and maybe even hold Big Food accountable for the burgeoning cost of chronic illness in the US. And maybe this will help school districts recognize the need to scrutinize and prioritize the school food environment.Uncategorized | Leave a comment August 22, 2011
• This generation of children will be the first in the nation’s history to live shorter lives than those of their parents. (Centers for Disease Control)
TWO FRIGHTENING FACTS
• One third of American children are overweight or obese and at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. One quarter of children age five to ten have elevated blood cholesterol or high blood pressure; both are early warning signs of heart disease.
• Type 2 (“adult-onset”) diabetes rates among children are increasing annually. The CDC reports that one in three children born in 2000 (30 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls) will develop type 2 diabetes. Continue reading →Posted in School Food Advocacy | 2 Comments August 10, 2011
The experience of writing a first book has been overwhelmingly positive, with just one sour note. The Dedication and Acknowledgements pages of LUNCH WARS were accidentally omitted in the first run. Hopefully there will be future pressings in which these pages, that are most important to me, will be included. In the meantime, I’d like to share them with you here:
To my parents who nourished me with far more than food, my husband who taught me the pleasures of the palate and my children who inspired a movie, a book and a crusade.
I owe a debt of gratitude to the many people who have made this book possible, beginning with the hundreds of ‘angry moms’ and dads who participated in many ways in the making of the movie, Two Angry Moms.
In the wake of the movie, I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of interest and passion from students, parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents around the country and around the world, too numerous to mention by name. These people encouraged me to stay connected with the movement for better food in schools, and beyond that, to continue gathering stories, facts and examples of model programs from small towns and big cities. Many of them begged for more information and help with advocating both locally and nationally. Continue reading →Posted in Lunch Wars | 5 Comments