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Michelle Obama's Push to Cut Kids' Obesity



Denver Post

Can we really slim down the next generation of Americans, help our school children shed the extra pounds that could spell lifetimes with high prospects of type 2 diabetes or heart problems?

Michelle Obama is trying hard to reach parents with her "Let's Move" campaign. Scientific evidence is being mustered. The link to America's military preparedness is being made. As Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., wrote recently to the first lady, nearly a third of 17- to 24-year-olds are unfit for military service due to their weight or lack of fitness.

Chefs Move to Schools: A nutritious program kids can sink their teeth into



Washington Post

It was nearly midnight on a bitter January night when a group of Washington's most celebrated chefs assembled around a long table at downtown hotspot Brasserie Beck to debrief one another on their recent White House mission. Enlisted by the first lady's office in her war against childhood obesity, each had eaten lunch at a D.C. public school. The unanimous verdict was fairly predictable: no stars.

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How NYC may be revolutionizing the way kids eat



AlterNet.com

When one envisions a stereotypical school lunch, a plate of leathery cheese pizza and a high fructose-laden soda with a side of green jello may come to mind. Fortunately this concept of lunch is soon to be tossed in the trash at a handful of New York City public institutions.

Ban on School Pesticides



WETM TV

New York Governor David Paterson signed a bill that will ban the use of pesticides on all school athletic fields and school playgrounds. Some parents said its about time.

The new law will go into affect in 180 days.  But schools have a full year to completely faze out all of their pesticides and start using other organic methods.

Studies have shown that the use of pesticides and herbicides on school fields and playgrounds can present a potential health risk to children.

Moms Open Organic Vegetable Garden at Urban Elementary School



OpposingViews.com

When moms Theresa Franklin and Lisa Mann asked their daughters' kindergarten class where vegetables came from, the students answered, "The grocery store." Not only did these kids have no idea where real veggies came from, they were also set on one thing: They didn't like them.

Pizza Fusion adds organic school program



Pizza Marketplace

Pizza Fusion has launched School Organic Pizza Fridays to help children and their families eat a healthy diet that helps to prevent cancer, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other ailments linked to pesticide consumption.

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Pizza Fusion adds organic school program



Pizza Marketplace

Pizza Fusion has launched School Organic Pizza Fridays to help children and their families eat a healthy diet that helps to prevent cancer, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other ailments linked to pesticide consumption.

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Healthy breakfasts buy lunch in Berkeley schools



Grist.com

Around 8:30 each morning, students at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Berkeley, Calif., cross an asphalt playground behind the main school building and begin drifting into a cafeteria and kitchen complex known as the Dining Commons to pick up breakfast for themselves and their classmates. They head for a set of rolling metal shelves holding gray, plastic bins, and carry one back to their classroom, where they dole out the food and fill out a roster indicating which students took the meal.

School food in vending machines in store for change



Chicago Tribune

Crispy edamame, fresh bananas, fruity organic waters and pomegranate spiked nut clusters could replace sweets and sports drinks in school vending machines thanks to a crop of healthier products and government initiatives.

A provision in the Child Nutrition Act passed by the Senate would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture authority to regulate nutrition standards not just for the lunchroom, but for foods in the a la carte lines and vending machines as well. That bill is under consideration by the House.

Two Berkeley chefs make healthy food that kids will eat



Grist.com

Executive chef Bonnie Christensen was at her desk, holding forth on her troubles with labor unions, when her second-in-command, sous chef Joan Gallagher, walked into the kitchen office cradling a bunch of asparagus freshly picked and just arrived in a 350-pound delivery from Full Belly Farms, some 90 miles northeast near Sacramento.

Asparagus was entering peak season in California. Christensen and Gallagher planned to serve it in the Berkeley Unified Schools District school lunches the following week -- a rare treat, since asparagus is otherwise cost-prohibitive.