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Children and Choking: Preparedness Is Key

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 18, 2013

Back in 2012 I wrote a post entitled “A Preventable Tragedy: Choking to Death in the School Cafeteria.”  I was inspired to cover this topic after reading about a Brooklyn nine-year-old who tragically choked to death while eating meatballs in his school cafeteria.  Media reports indicated that the lunchroom workers on duty at the time were completely unprepared for […]


GMO, “Pink Slime” and Labeling Transparency

by Bettina Elias Siegel on November 25, 2013

Earlier this month, the New York Times‘ editorial board published an editorial entitled “Labels for Controversial Ingredients.”  In it, the Times mentioned the recent failure of a Washington State ballot initiative which would have mandated labeling for genetically modified organisms (GMO) and then stated: Instead of requiring labels by law, it makes sense to let […]

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It’s one of those weeks when the school food news is coming in so fast, I can’t keep up!   Here’s a quick round-up of articles of interest: A Fourth-Grader Goes Undercover in the Cafeteria – Are His Findings Accurate? Many of you have already seen on TLT’s Facebook page today’s New York Times blog account of a […]


About two months ago I was prescribed an antibiotic, doxycycline, for a sinus infection.  The medicine came with a warning that you shouldn’t lie down for thirty minutes after taking it, but I somehow managed to forget all about that, popping a pill in my mouth with just a small sip of water and going straight […]


Kids and Food Allergies: New Advice and a Potential New Cure

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 14, 2013

In case anyone missed the cover story of last Sunday’s New York Times magazine, it described groundbreaking efforts by one intrepid researcher, Dr. Kari Nadeau, to desensitize highly food-allergic kids against multiple allergens.  (Desensitization isn’t new – my niece was successfully desensitized to peanuts years ago –  but this program is the first to combine […]


Pickles . . .The Flamin’ Hot Cheetos of 1913?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on October 22, 2012

In yesterday’s New York Times Sunday Magazine I spotted a short entry about the history of pickles which said they were once regarded by some as “indigestible green trash.”  The piece also included this quote from a 1913 issue of McClure’s magazine: With the school children of the tenements pickles have almost become a morbid habit, like morphine […]


From Hot Dogs to Haute Cuisine: Summer Camps Go Gourmet

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 11, 2012

With many of us packing our kids off to sleep-away camp, be sure to check out the article in today’s New York Times on the growing focus of some summer camps on healthful, local and well-prepared food.   The shift from hot dogs to haute cuisine not only accommodates parents’ growing concerns about their kids’ diets, […]


Somehow I missed the news back in May, reported on again in today’s New York Times Business section, about a partnership between the Birds Eye frozen vegetable company and Nickelodeon to encourage kids to eat more vegetables.  As originally reported by Obamafoodorama: Birds Eye said it will spend a minimum of $2 million in 2012, 2013 […]


Some Dark Musings on the “Food Pouch”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 21, 2012

Many of you read an article in today’s New York Times on the growing ubiquity of “food pouches,” i.e., fruit, vegetable and grain purees for young children, packaged like this: I’d certainly noticed the recent proliferation of these squeezable foods in my own market, but with a 10- and 12- year-old at home, they didn’t make much of an […]


Study: Diabetes on the Rise Among Teens

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 21, 2012

The New York Times reports today on a study finding that the incidence of diabetes and prediabetes among teenagers has significantly increased in the last ten years, even while rates of teen overweight and obesity have held steady. While the study’s findings are not conclusive, it indicates that nearly one in four American teens are on the verge of developing […]