Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Montgomery and Prince George’s county schools serve more fruits and vegetables, but students may not be eating them.
- Erin Egan
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Every day at lunch, children across Prince George’s and Montgomery counties may be facing what conventional wisdom says is one of their worst nightmares. No, it’s not monsters hiding under their beds or behind their closet doors. It’s not zombies chasing after them, either. It’s fruits and vegetables. After Congress passed a nationwide law limiting the amount of calories schools are allowed to serve at lunch, schools in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties are adhering to the rules and serving up more healthy options for students. “Before this year, each student had to select three out of five items,” said Marla Caplon, Director of the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at Montgomery County public schools. “This year, the student …
Newly approved regulations for school lunches have forced schools to revamp their menu options, but a local expert talks about changing how children see healthy food.
In August of this year, Congress approved calorie limits on school lunches. Under the new regulations, cafeterias are required to serve twice as many fruits and vegetables while limiting proteins and carbohydrates. The DC-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting better nutrition, sponsors the Healthy School Lunch Campaign. The PCRM Healthy School Lunch Team works with school districts across the country and organizes meetings and presentations for school boards, PTAs, and student groups and its message is that the food served in school should promote the health of all children. PCRM has worked closely with D.C. public schools, along with schools in Montgomery …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Advice for eating the goodies you like over the holidays — the healthy way.
Thanksgiving represents a major kick off to the holiday festival of foods that flows non-stop right up to the New Year. Just how do we resist the parade of goodies barraging us at pastry-packed parties and at those holiday dinners with all of our favorite family recipes heaped a top a china dish. The answer is simple — don't. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE Paulette Thompson, RD, nutrition educator and former long-time dietician for Giant Foods headquartered in Prince George's County, said the holidays are probably not the best time to think about losing weight and being restrictive. Calling herself a "foodie" dietician who likes food and likes cooking, Thompson claims a better goal is to end the holidays at the same weight you started out with. …
Friday, September 16, 2011
First Lady Michelle Obama talks to local families about ways to instill healthy eating choices in their families.