Back-to-School season comes with a fresh focus on child nutrition

It’s Back-to-School season and this year, that means students are heading back to cafeterias stocked with healthier food.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which took effect July 1, made huge changes to school meals and the entire school food environment, for the first time in 30 years.

This week, there has been a lot of buzz on the Internet about the law, schools’ new menus and child nutrition. Here is a peak at two regional organizations that are focusing on nutrition in schools and communities.

To learn more about the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act , check out Capital Public Radio’s latest community health documentary, ‘What’s For Lunch? The Move to Improve School Nutrition.’

The documentary will air this Friday (Aug. 24) at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Here’s a preview:

And if you want to know how young people are reacting to schools’ new menus – and want a glimpse into what young people are eating in general – follow the The kNOw Youth Media’s Twitter list.

They are tweeting their meals, as part of their #DiaryofaTeenDiet.

In a recent editorial, the young people at The kNOw said they are hopeful that they can help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in the region and nationwide.

One reason we’re so hopeful: Our culture is in favor of healthy weight in children. No one says, “I’m ok with obese kids.” People universally agree that healthy weight in kids is important. Unlike reducing youth violence, working on obesity in kids doesn’t call for a change of culture. It requires a change of what’s available and what’s easiest. Kids will be healthy if it’s an easy option.

How are you and your family bringing a fresh focus to child nutrition?

More about the new school lunch requirements:

More from Harvesting Health on school nutrition:

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