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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #91 Kids Will Eat Healthy School Food
February 01, 2008
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NEWS & ARTICLE CLIPS
...about the food industry we shop in as parents and educators...and family nutrition and health issues today.
A study came out before the holidays, showing that kids will eat healthier school lunch foods when available and costs are offset by lower cost of fruits and vegetables.
"Bucking some common notions, a University of Minnesota study has found that school lunch sales don't decline when healthier meals are served, and that more nutritious lunches don't necessarily cost schools more to produce."
"Previous studies have concluded that students prefer fatty foods and that healthier meals cost more to make, the authors noted." "The study, which appears in the December issue of the Review of Agricultural Economics, analyzed five years of data for 330 Minnesota public school districts. It looked at compliance with federal standards for calories, nutrients and fats."
"When the researchers crunched all the numbers they found that schools serving the healthiest lunches did not see a falloff in demand."
"While serving better meals does entail higher labor costs, the study found, that's offset by lower costs for more nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables compared with processed foods. However, many districts need to upgrade their kitchens and train their staff to prepare these foods, the researchers said."
This is an encouraging study giving much hope for changes in the school lunch program in the U.S. Check out a new web page I just added on my visit to France last spring on a quest to see how the French feed their school kids.
Read the latest food trends and happenings with the links below:
Start to finish: 10 minutes
We thank Mikayla from Maryland, a Healthy Family Mealtime newsletter subscriber who provided the following fruit mixture idea for a cool smoothie!
Mix (be creative with the amounts:)
Peel all of the fruit and then chop into small peices
and then put in blender and put in 4-6 cubes of ice and blend until, creamy
What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?
Celebrating Healthy Families 2008
Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Kindy --Your Family Dietitian
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