school lunch http://www.kplu.org en USDA Proposes New Standards For Marketing Of Foods In Schools http://www.kplu.org/post/usda-proposes-new-standards-marketing-foods-schools <p>Schools should take note of how food is marketed to children on campus, according to&nbsp;<a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-04100.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">new guidelines</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for school wellness policies proposed by the Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama.</span></p><p>The guidelines are the latest step in a process that began four years ago under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:56:09 +0000 Florangela Davila 14107 at http://www.kplu.org Youth Obesity Drops in King County For The First Time In Years http://www.kplu.org/post/youth-obesity-drops-king-county-first-time-years <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After years of flat rates, obesity among adolescents significantly dropped in King County between 2010 and 2012. Public health authorities credit prevention efforts at school.</span></p><p>A handful of school districts in the county made a special effort to push fitness. Some had students track their own nutrition, others invested in top-notch physical education programs or healthier lunch options. Federal stimulus money paid for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work programs.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13903 at http://www.kplu.org Youth Obesity Drops in King County For The First Time In Years Design Competition Aims To Improve The School Lunch Experience http://www.kplu.org/post/design-competition-aims-improve-school-lunch-experience <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What can be done to improve the school lunch experience? That’s the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">question behind a new ideas competition in Seattle aimed at fighting&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">child obesity and diabetes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Redesigning the School Lunch Experience competition</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;offers a range of practical and playful solutions to inspire kids to make healthier food choices.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Children spend an hour a day every weekday in their lives in a cafeteria," said Katherine Wimble, associate director of Design in Public, a nonprofit group with the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"This is about seeing what innovative ideas could transform the whole experience so they can make healthier choices." &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 12696 at http://www.kplu.org Design Competition Aims To Improve The School Lunch Experience Schools rush to reform lunches; more whole grains and veggies required http://www.kplu.org/post/schools-rush-reform-lunches-more-whole-grains-and-veggies-required <p>The rush is on, to get healthier lunches into public school cafeterias. But administrators say you almost need an advanced degree to comply with the latest rules.</p><p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:15:12 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6159 at http://www.kplu.org Schools rush to reform lunches; more whole grains and veggies required Where's the latest hotspot for a gourmet meal? Seattle schools http://www.kplu.org/post/wheres-latest-hotspot-gourmet-meal-seattle-schools <p><em>&ldquo;We want them to expand their palates ...&quot;</em></p><p>When you hear the words &ldquo;school lunch,&rdquo; it&rsquo;s doubtful you think of mouth-watering cuisine. A group of gourmet chefs in Seattle wants to change that.</p><p>They&rsquo;re developing recipes fit for foodies that can be served in the city&rsquo;s public elementary schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 22:34:18 +0000 Charla Bear 2864 at http://www.kplu.org Where's the latest hotspot for a gourmet meal? Seattle schools Cash prizes will go to schools that get more kids eating breakfast http://www.kplu.org/post/cash-prizes-will-go-schools-get-more-kids-eating-breakfast <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983098.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-983098.mp3</a></p><p>More than 300,000 kids who qualify for free or reduced breakfast in Washington are not eating it.</p><p><a href="http://www.k12.wa.us/ChildNutrition/StatisticsReports.aspx">Participation in the state&rsquo;s early morning meal program is so low</a>, educators and children&rsquo;s advocates have launched <a href="http://www.fuelupfirstwithbreakfast.org/Site/Home.html">a new effort to get schools focused on the issue</a>.</p><p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:16:59 +0000 Charla Bear 2389 at http://www.kplu.org Cash prizes will go to schools that get more kids eating breakfast Lettuce shortage hits school lunches in Western Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/lettuce-shortage-hits-school-lunches-western-washington <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956811.mp3</p><p>Kids have a good excuse for not eating salads right now. <a href="http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/south_king/cmv/news/117618698.html#">They&#39;ve been taken off the school menu in Kent </a>because lettuce is in short supply. Schools in Seattle, Redmond and elsewhere in Western Washington are also scaling back on serving romaine, iceberg and other leaf lettuces.</p><p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:53:12 +0000 Charla Bear 962 at http://www.kplu.org