Five Things You Need to Know About the CNR

As millions of kids head back to school this fall, Congress is about to begin in earnest the process of deciding what those kids will be eating for years to come. But the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, which affects many key child nutrition … [Continue reading]

Lunchbox Packing as Competitive Sport?

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It's only day four of my son's new school year and I already feel a bit defeated by the whole lunchbox packing thing. I started off the week inspired by my favorite lunch-packing experts to try out some creative sandwich ideas, but so far these … [Continue reading]

Is It Any Wonder We’re Confused?

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Earlier this month, the New York Times published a humorous piece mocking Americans' dietary habits and all the ways in which "expert dietary advice" gets so muddled.  Here's an excerpt:  . . . nuts are good for your cardiovascular system because … [Continue reading]

As the New School Year Begins . . . .

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It might still be soul-crushingly hot and humid here in Houston, but today I'm in an upbeat - dare I say, autumnal?  - mood.  As of this morning, both of my kids are back in school!  Woo hoo!  (Is it unseemly to so be happy about this?  :-)  ) As … [Continue reading]

Artificial Sweeteners, Sugar and Kids

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Last week I was surprised to read a piece in the New York Times entitled "If You Drink Soda, Choose Artificially Sweetened," by Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.  In it, Carroll purports to lay out … [Continue reading]