nutrition education

A Pill Too Bitter to Swallow

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 16, 2014

Many years ago, I mentioned to a doctor friend that a woman I knew — a Seventh Day Adventist who never touches alcohol — had been told she was at risk for cirrhosis of the liver due to her poor diet and excess weight.  My doctor friend looked at me skeptically and said I must have misunderstood the diagnosis — one […]


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 […]


One Mom’s Great Idea Brings Fresh Produce to Families in Need

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 6, 2014

A mutual friend recently introduced me to a woman named Lisa Helfman and, given our very similar backgrounds (Houston moms/lawyers with an interest in kids and food), it wasn’t surprising that we hit it off right away.  At that first meeting, Lisa told me how years ago she’d  joined an organic produce co-op and was […]

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Mr. Zee Heads Down Under!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 17, 2013

So, this is cool! I just found out that my rhyming children’s video about processed food, “Mr. Zee’s Apple Factory,” is going to be incorporated into nutrition education materials that will be made available to Australian teachers seeking to meet the requirements of the Australia Curriculum for Health and Physical Education.  I’m told that the video […]


Last week I volunteered, as I do every month, with Recipe for Success – a comprehensive “seed to plate” instructional program that brings gardens, cooking, nutrition education and celebrity chefs into local schools.  I don’t always post about my experiences with R4S, but last week’s class was so fun I wanted to share. Instead of […]


By now most of you have probably either read or heard about Tara Parker-Pope’s cover story in Sunday’s New York Times magazine, “The Fat Trap,” which reviews the most recent obesity science to explain why maintaining weight loss can be close to impossible for the vast majority of dieters.  In a nutshell: For years, the […]


L.A. Kids Reject Healthier School Food: My Thoughts

by Bettina Elias Siegel on December 20, 2011

Well, this felt like a big cosmic joke. . . . Over the weekend, I was pleased to share with TLT readers my opinion piece in the Sunday Houston Chronicle urging our district to put an end to outsourced, highly processed foods in favor of scratch-cooked school meals with more variety than just pizza, burgers and fried […]


Blogger Alissa of The Simply Wholesome Kitchen  (she of the excellent pumpkin muffins) last week posted on TLT’s Facebook page an article from the New York Times which she knew would be of interest to me.  It describes how students at a high school in California are spurning the healthier offerings in their school cafeteria for […]


54 New “Bite-Sized” Videos from Nourish: Food + Community

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 8, 2011

Last year I told you about Nourish: Food + Community, an exciting initiative that uses DVDs and a classroom curriculum to increase students’ food literacy, providing them with a “big picture” view of our food system and how food connects to the environment, health and communities. Well, a few weeks ago, I was contacted by […]

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New York Times Op-Ed on Bringing Back “Home Ec” to Fight Obesity

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 6, 2011

I’ve often discussed here on TLT the critical need to teach home cooking skills to American children, most recently in my post “My Son Learns to Cook But Who Is Teaching the Rest of Our Kids?”  There I argued that merely lowering the price of whole foods (as recently proposed by Mark Bittman, among others) […]