What We’re Reading: Nutrition


Tonight’s Biggest Loser episode features PTA parents

Biggest_Loser_PTA2Between 8-10 p.m. Monday night, parents and educators at Bay High School near Cleveland, Ohio will tune into NBC’s famed weight loss show, The Biggest Loser, with the hope that they will see their school featured. The Sun News reports that the show filmed PTA parents learning how to prepare healthy meals from Biggest Loser chef Devin Alexander. This season the show focuses on preventing childhood obesity and even features young contestants. The recipe will remain a secret until the show airs so leave your own healthy recommendation in the comments section or take a guess at what dishes they learned to cook.

A ten-year-old pleads for healthier school lunches

Andrew Misura, 10, of Maryland has some advice for President Barack Obama as he enters his second term: provide healthier school lunches and longer periods of physical activity for students nationwide. “I eat three times a day and I don’t look forward to lunch, so I bring lunch,” he wrote. “We should at least get real food! They should be healthier and something more than a microwaved box with food. You should also make longer school recesses so there is less childhood obesity.” Recently, the Washington Post published his full plea in a compilation of other student letters sent to the President in advance of the inauguration.  Read how child health and nutrition will continue to be a staple of the National PTA Federal Policy Agenda in 2013.

 New video on nutrition standards features National PTA President Betsy Landers

Earlier this year, we collaborated with the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project and the USDA to help promote the new national nutrition standards. National PTA President Betsy Landers helps to explain the changes and their importance in a short video that also features White House chef Sam Kass and includes student reactions to the improvements. Help us spread the word about these changes using the new photo gallery of healthy foods and a list of five facts you should know about school meals.

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Heather Parker is the Manager of Health & Safety for National PTA in Alexandria, VA. Contact Heather at hparker@pta.org.

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