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Institute of Medicine Reviews School Lunches

This month, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences will make recommendations regarding appropriate nutrition standards for foods and beverages at school, with attention given to foods and beverages offered in competition with federally-reimbursable meals and snacks. PAJF will post highlights of the study as soon as it is published, please check back for details.

PAJF Members Receive Free Recipes From America's Test Kitchen

This month's recipes include Recipe Makeovers for NY Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Banana Bread (HINT: they are all low-fat). You will also find Easy Weeknight Meals and Healthy Side Dishes like White Chicken Chili, Cape Cod Picnic Salad, Low-Fat Mashed Potatoes, and Wild Rice Pilaf. Tastings and Testings are also included.

Visit Our Junk Food Hall of Shame

Click on the link above to see what junk foods are being sold in America's Public Schools.

Not Your Regular Lunch Lady

Meet Susan Lacy, School Food Service Director at Stoneham Public School, Stoneham, Mass.

Protect Our Children’s Health in Massachusetts

If you are a resident in Massachusetts, you can help pass the Act to Promote Proper School Nutrition. This act is seeing to replace sodas with healthier drinks, such as water, low- and non-fat milk, and juice, set healthy standards for fat and sugar in snacks and make fresh fruits and vegetables available in cafeterias. Click on the link above to make sure that this bill is passed into law.

The Chef's Campaign for a Better School Lunch

Read the U.S. News & World Report article about Parents Against Junk Food.

10 Facts Every Parent Should Know

"The school system is where you build brand loyalty."

— John Alm, Former President, Coca-Cola

Atlanta Journal Constitution, May 5, 2003

  • Nine out of 10 schools offer junk food to kids.
  • One of every five calories in the American diet is liquid.
  • Researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.
  • The USDA supplies schools with the same commodity foods as prisons
  • More than 32% of youths are overweight and nearly 74% are unfit.
  • About 19,000 public schools, 1 in every 5, sell branded food in the cafeteria.
  • Teenagers' milk consumption decreased by 36% between 1965 and 1996, while soda consumption increased by more than 200%.
  • Vending machines are in 43% of elementary schools and 97% of high schools.
  • Only 29% of adolescents meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
  • In 2003, the Centers for Disease Control declared obesity the most important public health issue in the United States.

What Is "Parents Against Junk Food"?

We are an organization devoted to eliminating junk food from our public school system. No sodas. No candy bars. No chips. No processed lunch or foods of minimal nutritional value. Let’s ask our public schools to feed both body and mind properly, to take seriously their role as guardians of our children’s health and welfare. It is time to take the corporate profit out of school lunches and replace it with common sense, good nutrition, and the love and care that our children surely deserve.

Christopher Kimball
Founder & Editor, America's Test Kitchen

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FACT: 17% of American children are overweight.

FACT: A single 12-ounce can of soda has as much as 13 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.

FACT: In the past 30 years, the occurrence of overweight in children has doubled and it is now estimated that one in five children in the US is overweight.

Our Favorite Links

Center for Informed Food Choices

Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Jamie Oliver’s Feed Me Better Campaign

The Center for Science in the Public Interest

The Public Health Advocacy Institute

The Massachusetts Public Health Association

Government of the People

Harvard School of Public Health--Nutrition Source

Centers for Disease Control--Healthy Youth

Our Favorite Books

Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy by Walter Willett

Food Politics by Marion Nestle

What to Eat by Marion Nestle

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Chew On This by Eric Schlosser

Appetite For Profit by Michele Simon

 

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