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My Houston Chronicle Op-Ed re: Saving School Lunch

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 13, 2014

For those interested, I have an editorial in today’s (Sunday) Houston Chronicle regarding the current school food controversy. In it, I discuss how Texas (yes, Texas!) has been a leader in school nutrition, and how our congressional delegation should carry on that  proud tradition by rejecting language in the pending appropriations bill that would allow districts to opt out of improved […]

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Houston ISD Offering Meatless Entrees on Mondays

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 30, 2014

With all the school food developments happening on the federal level these days, I’m a bit late in reporting some nice news from my own backyard. Houston ISD, the largest school district in Texas and the seventh largest in the nation, recently announced its new “Lean and Green” initiative: offering its students meatless school meal entrees […]


Earlier this year I wrote a piece for Civil Eats called “State of the Tray” in which I explained how some of the key gains of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) may be rolled back when the Child Nutrition Reauthorization comes before Congress in 2015. One of the most contentious issues under consideration is the current mandate that […]


Researchers at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab have released a new study regarding school chocolate milk that’s getting some press. The study looked at milk consumption in 11 Oregon elementary school cafeterias in which chocolate milk had been banned.  After the ban, total daily milk sales declined by almost 10%, white milk sales increased by around 160 […]


Two days ago, I told you about proposed USDA rules, promoted by the First Lady and released on the fourth anniversary of her Let’s Move! initiative, which would curb the marketing of foods and beverages on school campuses.  Specifically, if adopted, the new rules would restrict on-campus advertising during the school day to foods and beverages meeting the […]


Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA made headlines by announcing a proposal to ban the marketing of junk food and sugary beverages on school campuses.  Timed to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Ms. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, the proposal would restrict on-campus advertising to only those products meeting the relatively stringent nutritional requirements […]


School Food Gets Its Close-Up, But Is It a Fair One?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 5, 2013

A lot of readers have recently asked for my thoughts on the Fed Up campaign, sponsored by Do Something, which asked kids around the country to send in photos of their school meals.  (While the project has been going on for a while, it’s gotten a lot of press in the last few weeks.) Over 25,000 people […]


I’m Profiled Today in Beyond Chron!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 29, 2013

As you may know from the many times I link to her writing on TLT’s Facebook page, Dana Woldow of PEACHSF (Parents, Educators & Advocates Connect ion for Healthy School Food) writes a regular and informative column in Beyond Chron, an online daily in San Francisco, in which she tackles all manner of food-related topics, […]


Me on HISD TV!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 23, 2013

I recently had the chance to appear on a local television show hosted by our school board president, Anna Eastman, in which I and my colleague Delia Thibodeaux were interviewed about serving on our School Health Advisory Council (SHAC). Thanks to Anna for giving us the opportunity to spread the word about all the great […]


Your Monday Kid-and-Food News Round-Up!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 11, 2013

Happy Monday, TLT’ers! In the past few days, so many interesting news items have piled up in my in-box that I can’t possibly do them justice with individual posts.  So here’s a compilation of links you ought to check out: As I mentioned on TLT’s Facebook page late last week, Whole Foods made big news […]

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