Let’s Move

Imagine a restaurant getting a great review, only to have the chef call the newspaper to complain that the critic was sorely mistaken and the restaurant’s food isn’t as good as the review made it out to be. That bizarre scenario was all I could think of when I received an email yesterday from the School […]


How “Optimistic” Should We Feel About the War on Obesity?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 8, 2014

Earlier this week, the New York Times ran an opinion piece, “Finally, Some Optimism About Obesity?,” in which bioethicist Ezekiel Emanuel and researcher Andrew Steinmetz tell us we should feel good about the country’s anti-obesity efforts* because we’re responding to this health crisis “much more nimbly” than we did with smoking. The dangers of tobacco were first established in the 1920s but it took fifty years before […]


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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The Nation: Thumbs Down On Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move?”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 12, 2012

I wanted to share with you a very good article in an upcoming issue of The Nation which assesses the progress – or lack thereof – made by Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative in combating childhood obesity. In a balanced and thorough assessment of the First Lady’s efforts, the article highlights both her early gains […]


[Hey, everyone!  It’s great to be back after my two-week summer break and I have lots of posts to share, including the annual “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series, book reviews and more.  But all of that will have to wait, because today I’m handing TLT over to a very special guest […]


Followers of TLT’s Facebook page might remember a mention of a cooking contest co-sponsored by Epicurious, Let’s Move!, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture.  “The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge” asked kids aged 8 to 12 to submit recipes for “a healthy, original, affordable, tasty lunch that contains the five food groups.”   The prize for the […]


Big Food’s Money vs. Children’s Health: Guess Which Wins?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 27, 2012

In the almost two years I’ve been writing The Lunch Tray, I’ve told you about one dispiriting episode after another in which Big Food’s dollars and lobbying have blocked sensible and critically needed efforts to improve children’s health.  (Remember how Congress, at the urging of frozen food manufacturers, agreed to continue treating pizza as a […]


Is Mrs. Obama Afraid to Discuss the Real Causes of Childhood Obesity?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 1, 2011

Fooducate thinks so. Blogger Hemi Weingarten has a short but incisive post today critiquing the First Lady’s much anticipated keynote address at yesterday’s Partnership for a Healthier America inaugural summit.   Weingarten questions why Mrs. Obama focused almost exclusively on the need for increased physical exercise when, as Weingarten persuasively argues, it’s really our children’s food environment […]


My Thoughts On the Bittman Piece Re: Taxing Unhealthy Food

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 25, 2011

By now many of you have seen or heard about an opinion piece in Sunday’s New York Times by food writer Mark Bittman, in which he advocates revamping the American diet through economic incentives and disincentives (“Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables“): Simply put: taxes would reduce consumption of unhealthful foods and generate billions of […]


J.O. Defends M.O., Calls Sarah Palin a “Froot Loop”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 28, 2011

Well, this put a smile on my face on a Monday morning. In a recent interview with Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch (TLT’s friend from “Lunch Box Blues” and High Flavor Low Labor), celebrity chef Jamie Oliver had some choice words for Sarah Palin for criticizing Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood obesity efforts. According to the […]