Archive for November, 2011

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Lessons from Smarter Lunchrooms

Monday, November 28th, 2011

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Lessons from Smarter Lunchrooms

Learn how simple changes at school & home can lead kids to healthier food choices

Would you like fruit with your lunch?

According to Adam Brumberg, Deputy Director of the Cornell Food & Brand Lab, asking
this simple question in the school lunchroom can have a big impact on how much fruit kids take and eat. Offering two choices of a fruit or vegetable is even better. “Kids given a choice between carrots and celery ATE 91% of the vegetable taken vs. 69% when carrots alone were offered,” according to Brumberg.

This is just one example of the research conducted by the Smarter Lunchroom Movement (more…)

Video & Photo Highlights: #MillionHourChallenge Kick-off Event

Monday, November 21st, 2011

By The Truth on Health Team

Yesterday, Paul Pierce’s Truth on Health Campaign and The Boston Foundation’s CHAMPS Boston initiative kicked-off a Year-long challenge with fun-filled day of exercise, games & health education at Kroc Center Boston.

Paul gets moving:

Paul gets his "hula" on:

Million Hour Challenge: Paul Pierce’s Truth on Health Campaign and The Boston Foundation Kick Off Ambitious Initiative

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

By The Truth on Health Team

Paul Pierce and The Boston Foundation Challenge Thousands of Local Youth to Log 1 Million Hours of Fitness in 2012 as part of “Million Hour Challenge”

Paul Pierce’s Truth on Health Campaign and The Boston Foundation’s CHAMPS Boston initiative kick-off Year-long challenge with fun-filled day of exercise, games & health education at Kroc Center Boston.

One million hours of jumping, running, playing, dancing and MOVING in 2012! That’s what Paul Pierce asked hundreds of youth to take on at a kick-off rally today for the Million Hour Challenge, created by the all-star’s Truth on Health Campaign and The Boston Foundation’s CHAMPS (Coaches Helping Athletes through Mentoring and Positive Sports) Boston Initiative.
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Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Use Label Logic To Find Healthier Food Choices!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Be a Food Fact Finder

Use Label Logic To Find Healthier Food Choices

Instead of just ripping the package open and munching away, first apply some label logic to decipher the Nutrition Facts food label.

Some foods don’t need Nutrition Facts labels because what you see is what you get. For example, fresh fruits and vegetables don’t need an ingredient label since there is only one ingredient. For most other foods, a nutrition label will show you the ingredients and also the nutrition value of the food.

WHAT’S ON A LABEL

Ingredient label:
The ingredients are listed from most to least, by weight. In other words, if the first ingredient is “sugar,” (more…)

Guest Blog: Mark From Ironwill Teaches Us To Investigate, Contemplate, Initiate

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

By Mark Scherzer – Ironwill Kids

You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it Too; Some of the Time.

We’ve all heard the expression, “everything in moderation.” It’s an age-old adage that’s been attributed to everyone from Plato to your mom and dad. It’s what we teach in our program, and it applies today more than ever. Since 1980, childhood obesity rates in the U.S. have tripled, which means nearly one out of three children in this country is either overweight or obese

Many kids, as well as adults, do things backwards: eating processed junk food all day long and consuming fruits and vegetables only some of the time. One way to get kids to cut down on processed food is to open their eyes to what’s in their favorite snacks. (more…)