nutrition http://www.kplu.org en 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 Should the Washington PTA be partnering with McDonald's? http://www.kplu.org/post/should-washington-pta-be-partnering-mcdonalds <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">When you think healthy eating for kids, you might not picture a Happy Meal. But local McDonald’s franchises and the Washington PTA are teaming up to encourage kids to make healthy diet choices. That’s touched off controversy among some parents.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7287 at http://www.kplu.org Should the Washington PTA be partnering with McDonald's? 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 Healthy food costs is barrier to a better diet among poor http://www.kplu.org/post/healthy-food-costs-barrier-better-diet-among-poor <p>Eating a nutritious diet appears to mean spending a bit more on your groceries. That means poor people face an extra challenge trying to eat well, according to a new study of about 1,100 King County residents.</p><p> Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:12:06 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2246 at http://www.kplu.org Healthy food costs is barrier to a better diet among poor Menu labels having no effect? Evidence from Taco Time http://www.kplu.org/post/menu-labels-having-no-effect-evidence-taco-time <p>Being a pioneer in adding calorie and nutrition labels to menus at fast-food restaurants has made King County a good place for researchers to visit.</p><p>A team based at Duke-National University of Singapore has been watching consumers at Taco Time restaurants, both in King County and in other counties, and found that adding all that info to the menus appeared to have no impact on people's choices. They published their results today in the <em>American Journal of Preventive Medicine</em>.</p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 21:59:06 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 535 at http://www.kplu.org