nutrition

What's on your child's plate?

Well, it's nearly lunch time -- actually, just 11 am -- and I don't know about you, but my stomach is starting to growl and my brain is starting to think about all things food-related. Today I've been thinking about the new USDA food pyramid, or should I say, food plate. Though I'm not a parent myself, I have been...

Getting Breakfast to More Low-Income Children in D.C.

Editors Note : Alexandra Ashbrook is executive director of DC Hunger Solutions, a partner in our High 5 for DC's Kids Campaign. Learn more about the campaign here . A new report from the Food Research and Action Center finds that the number of low-income children in D.C. eating school meals (breakfast and lunch) increased in the 2009-2010 school year....

Tell the DC Council to maintain funding for the Healthy Schools Act!

A last-minute opportunity to take action for DC's Kids! The DC Council is holding a hearing tomorrow morning on the Mayor's gap-closing budget, and more than $4.6 million in funding for the recently passed Healthy Schools Act is on the chopping block. The Healthy Schools Act was passed this summer to help ensure that children in DC Public Schools receive...

DC Public Schools fighting hunger in the classroom

Bill Turque has a great story in the Washington Post today about DC Public Schools' expanded efforts to fight childhood hunger and obesity, as new poverty numbers indicate that three in ten children in the District are living in poverty. Under the new program, nearly a quarter of all students in DC Public Schools -- an estimated 10,000 students --...

DC school lunches go gourmet

Following national trends to defeat childhood obesity and to promote healthy eating standards, including efforts made by the First Lady to eradicate childhood obesity, an epidemic that affects over 20% of DC children, Top Chef contestants made a beeline for DC Public Schools last week. Their challenge? To whip up healthy lunch options for the District’s children, on only $2.50...

Introducing the D.C. Healthy Schools Act

One of our goals with "Little Citizens, Big Issues" is to showcase diverse voices and viewpoints from the community on issues affecting young children in the District. This post is by Kristin Roberts, community nutrition association at D.C. Hunger Solutions . Momentum is building in Congress to expand funding for childhood nutrition programs to ensure that low-income children have access...