school lunches 

Give School Lunches a Healthy Makeover

Dear Karla, Having a full time job, two kids and a husband -- who really is like an additional child (ha!) -- I struggle with time and putting proper effort into packing healthy lunches for my kids. I know another year is behind us and I want to m...

Dad Creates Edible Superhero Lunches

One Nebraska 5-year-old is the talk of his elementary school cafeteria thanks to the painstaking efforts of his dad, who makes him elaborate lunches in the form of comic-book superheroes. Kai Wilken, 35, of Omaha, spends hours each day th...

School District Apologizes for MLK Lunch Menu

The school district called the menu, which included fried chicken and collard greens, "highly insensitive." Credit: Getty Images
The school lunch menu for Jan. 15 read "In Honor of M.L. King." But the food featured that day -- "Southern Style" ch...

White House Annoyed by School Lunch Campaign

Did this public service announcement cross the line? Credit: Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine
When it comes to the First Daughters, everything is off-limits. Even if it's for a good cause. White House officials are annoyed by a...

School Lunch Mooches Cut Off

Remember Wimpy, the cartoon character perhaps best known for his long running scam, "I'd gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today"? It seems the spirit of Wimpy is alive and well in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where the school district is owed ne...

Brown Bag Revival, or Ideas for Lunch That Won't End Up in the Trash

Welcome to Dishing it Out, ParentDish's weekly food column. Rob Barrett is a dad who knows his way around the kitchen; his web site, Cooking For Dads, provides simple video recipes for dads (and moms!). You can read all the Dishing it Out posts...

School lunches go organic

Chef-prepared vegan meals? Organic salad bar? Free-range meats? This ain't your mama's lunch lady, folks -- kids at one Kansas City private school say their lunch fare rivals that of their favorite restaurants, thanks to a for-profit business prom...

Healthy cafeteria choices becoming more popular with kids

Here is a heartening bit of news, kids are starting to veer away from the grease and fat in the school cafeteria lines. The once popular fries and burgers bathing in oil are being skipped over for fresh fruits and vegetables. I remember in high schoo...

Healthy foods with fun trivia make for good lunch treats

I am always on the search for healthy foods to put in my kids' lunches. Although there is an ongoing struggle over what the kids and I deem as healthy, we can always agree on cheese. Sliced cheese with crackers, string cheese, or the all time favorit...

Lowering diabetes risk in youth

Hundreds of sixth graders in 42 middle schools will begin taking part in a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The HEALTHY study will determine if changes in school food services and physical education classes, along with acti...

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