Efforts to combat childhood obesity in the U.S. in recent years have started to show results. But while rates are falling, they remain high. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced a new $500 million investment in fighting the epidemic, bringing its commitment so far to $1 billion. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Continue reading
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are making a final push this month to give schools a temporary break from healthier school meal standards.
The GOP spending bill on the House floor would allow schools to waive the school lunch and breakfast standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama for the next school year if they lost money on meal programs over a six-month period. The chamber is expected to have a final vote on the bill next week. Continue reading
A GOP spending bill for agriculture and food programs released Monday would allow schools to apply for waivers if they have a net loss on school food programs for six months in a row. Continue reading
Some schools say new health lunch guidelines have been expensive and difficult to put in place, and school officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the requirements. Their main concerns: finding enough whole grain-rich foods that kids like, lowering sodium levels and keeping fruits and vegetables from ending up in the trash. Continue reading
The economy in India is growing rapidly, but not fast enough to take care of its millions of poor and hungry children. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on a solution that has resulted in the world’s largest school lunch program. Continue reading