Healthful Eating Debunked: Nutrition 101

The average American elementary-aged child received 3.4 hours of food education last year. That’s less time per year than most children spend watching TV per DAY! That’s not right.Here are two facts to wrap your head around:

• About $2.3 billion worth of snack foods and beverages are sold annually in schools nationwide
• Children consume 19-50% of their daily food intake at schoolWhat does this mean? It means schools may shape and affect children’s health more than parents do.Here are two more mind-boggling facts:

• The food industry spends close to $2 Billion a year advertising foods to kids.
• Cookies and cakes, pizza, and soft drinks are the top sources of calories in the diets of children 2 through 18. D’oh!

That’s why we’re here: we want to be your nutrition ally. We want to make your life easier by making sure you know how to eat healthfully in a way that’s uncomplicated (and maybe even fun?!).

Want to brush up on your nutrition skills? Feel free to download our FREE resource guides and more!

Learn about “competitive foods” via our extensive guide. Learn how to read a nutrition label via our easy-to-follow guide. Learn the top 10 most useful tips on how to buy healthful food at the grocery store while staying within your budget.

There has been incredible focus on school nutrition by the government, nutrition activists and concerned parents. Most focus, however, has remained on school lunches [link “school lunches” to pizza-vegetable blog post]. HUMAN has been at the forefront of the fight for improved nutrition in schools by working with schools to implement improvements from a holistic standpoint – not just from what’s on the lunch tray but down to what’s sold in vending machines, a la cart and in student stores. These foods are known as “competitive foods” since they compete for student spending with the federal school lunch program. The USDA will release revisions to its competitive foods policy sometime this year and this will affect schools across the nation. Some schools, thankfully, haven’t waited for the USDA to give them a push, and have, instead, turned to healthy vending to offer healthful competitive foods


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