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TLT’s Table: Three Savory Fruit Ideas for Kids

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 23, 2014

When the school food policy stuff starts getting really heavy around here, as it certainly has this week, I sometimes like to take a head-clearing break by sharing a recipe or a fun kid/food idea with you. A while back, I told you how my veggie-averse son (he’s getting better, really!) used to spurn what I thought was […]

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A Mom Says, Just Leave the Snacks at Home!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 31, 2014

A few months ago, I shared on Facebook and Twitter a terrific piece in Parents magazine about how today’s kids are being offered food more often than ever before.  Written by Real Mom Nutrition‘s Sally Kuzemchak, “The Snack Epidemic” reported that: In the late 1970s, the average kid between the ages of 2 and 6 ate one snack […]

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Gatorade Pulls Anti-Water Video, And How to Protest This Campaign

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 9, 2014

I want to update you on yesterday’s Lunch Tray post, in which I shared Nancy Huehnergarth’s excellent reporting on a Gatorade video game which was explicitly designed to teach kids that “water is the enemy” of athletic performance. In that piece, Nancy linked to a video created by Gatorade’s media agency in which it explained […]

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Cooking with Kids on Food Day!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 24, 2013

Happy Food Day, TLT’ers! As most of you know, Food Day is an annual, nationwide celebration of healthy, sustainable and affordable food and a campaign for better food policies.  In the past we’ve celebrated Food Day on The Lunch Tray in a variety of ways, including some fun “virtual dinner parties” hosted with my fellow food […]

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While this blog was dominated by the discussion of Chinese-processed chicken in school meals, a lot has been going on in the kid-and-food-news world.  Here’s a quick roundup to keep you up to speed. First Lady Addresses Problem of Junk Food Marketing to Kids On September 19th, Michelle Obama convened a landmark summit at the […]

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A public school child is taught reading literacy with McDonald’s-branded materials.   A teacher hands a child a McDonald’s restaurant coupon as a reward for good performance.  Schools raise money through McTeacher Nights where the school staff dishes out fast food for students and their families. What do you think about these incursions by McDonald’s into […]

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Is It Wrong to Market Even *Healthy* Food to Kids?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 26, 2013

That’s the contention put forth by public health lawyer Michele Simon (Eat Drink Politics) and Susan Linn, Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, in a recent article. Noting — as I often have on this blog — that cognitive deficits make children especially vulnerable to the persuasive power of advertising, Simon and Linn object to any […]

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In March, 2011 I was honored to be chosen as one of the winners of a Slate magazine anti-childhood-obesity crowd-sourcing contest.  My submission, entitled “Legislate, Educate and Inoculate to Create Food-Savvy Kids,” argued that we need to fight the problem on three fronts:  legislation to curb the food industry’s rampant advertising to children; widespread nutrition […]

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One of the nicest perks of writing this blog is being contacted by authors to read and review their books.  I can’t always get to everyone’s book — my nightstand stack is about to fall over! — but I do love sharing what I’ve read with you here. Today I want to tell you about […]

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A Teacher Defends Junk Food Classroom Rewards

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 28, 2013

Way back in November I received an email from a teacher named Paul in which he defended (to a degree) the use of junk food classroom rewards. I wanted to share his email with you right after Thanksgiving, but then I took my month-long mental health break from blogging and Paul’s email got lost in […]

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