Military Leaders Urge Staying the Course on Healthier School Food

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 23, 2014

In 2008, a group of retired four-star generals, admirals and other senior military leaders banded together out of a growing concern that a significant segment of America’s youth are unfit to serve in the armed forces, presenting a serious long-term threat to our national security.  Now with over 450 members, Mission Readiness has since proven to be […]


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 […]


Health Through Stealth? “The School Wellness Ninja”

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 13, 2014

I’ve written a lot on this blog (and, really, I mean, a LOT — see the “Related Posts” below) about classroom birthday treats, soccer snacks and the many other ways in which kids are offered junk food by people other than their parents on a regular basis.  Each individual episode would be no big deal […]


I’m catching up on news items from last week and wanted to share an important new study from The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity regarding how parents view food industry marketing practices targeted toward their children, a study which, according to the Rudd Center, is the first of its kind. Surveying 2,454 parents with children aged […]


Recently I did some housekeeping on The Lunch Tray by dividing up my “blog roll” (the long list of links down and to the right) by topic, so if readers are specifically looking for help with family dinner or need sources for food policy information, they’ll know right where to go. Within the important new […]


Not long after I started The Lunch Tray I told you about Dina Rose, the blogger behind It’s Not About Nutrition.  Dina’s a mom with a PhD in sociology from Duke University who teaches workshops and provides private counseling on kid and food issues, especially picky eating. Dina’s latest post may raise some eyebrows.  In it, she […]