Posts Tagged ‘ school lunch ’

Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

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U.S. Study Links the Chemical BPA to Obesity in Children
Children with higher levels of BPA are more likely to be obese. The chemical can throw off young people’s hormone balance and disrupt their metabolism. (via Reuters)

“Sexting” Again Linked to Risky Sex Among Teens: Study
Teens who “sext” are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to research. (via Reuters)

High School Students Boycott School Cafeteria Over New Lunch Restrictions
Wisconsin students are boycotting their school’s new low-calorie food restrictions. (via Fox News)

School District Bans Father-Daughter Dances
A Rhode Island school district has banned “father-daughter” and “mother-son” activities as discriminatory. (via USA Today)

Doctors Perform Emergency Surgery to Remove Girl’s Tongue Stuck in Bottle
After getting her tongue stuck in a water bottle, an 8-year-old Georgia girl spent one hour in emergency surgery to have the bottle removed. Her mother says she will likely need speech therapy because of the damage she suffered. (via Fox News)

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, September 14th, 2012

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Salmonella Cantaloupe Infection Toll Rises to 270
At least 270 people in 26 states have been sickened by two strains of salmonella tied to cantaloupes recalled by an Indiana grower. (via NBC News)

Good Health Helps Grades When Students Hit Puberty
A new study shows that good health helps children with stressful transitions from elementary school to middle school. (via Science Daily)

New York Approves Tougher Regulations on Circumcision
The city’s Board of Health passed a regulation that will require consent from parents before Jewish ritual circumcisers can use their mouths to draw blood away from the incision. (via Reuters)

Keeping Mom and Baby Together After Delivery Beneficial
A new review backs up the WHO/UNICEF initiative of “rooming in,” or keeping mom and her newborn in the same room 24/7 to encourage breastfeeding. (via Science Daily)

Mixed Grades For New, Healthy School Lunch Rules
Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed reviews from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays. (via AP)

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Debra Messing and Post-it Team Up to Support Children’s Education

Monday, August 27th, 2012

On August 22, actress Debra Messing appeared at the P.S. 15 Roberto Clemente School in New York City. Working with Post-it’s Your Words Stick with Them program, Messing was on hand to pledge her support for children’s education. The Post-it program asks parents and teachers to leave kids personalized handwritten notes to encourage them throughout the school year.

At the event, Messing also announced that Post-it adopted all of the classrooms in P.S. 15 through a partnership with, which will help teachers purchase the school supplies they need for the year. had a few moments to chat with Messing about her 8-year-old son’s back to school routines, his favorite snacks, and the power of a handwritten note:

How do you and your son prepare for the back-to-school season? What are some of his favorite supplies?

He just finished day camp and now we are heading back to school, so we’re in the process of picking out a backpack for the year, which is always a big thing. I like to encourage him to choose the notebook that he wants, the colors, the shapes, everything, so that he can practice decision-making. I take care of the clothes; he wears a uniform to school so it’s not very difficult. We’re transitioning into school so I’m trying to get back into our scheduled reading time which, during the year, is always every night right before bed.

What are some of his favorite books? What do you like to read to him?

He loves the Geronimo Stilton books. Now we’re just about to start Harry Potter.

What is your son’s favorite school lunch or snack? Does he have a favorite meal?

I make sure that he either eats a raw piece of fruit or raw vegetables with his lunch every day. He loves chicken nuggets. He used to be a soy butter-and-jelly sandwich guy because he went to a nut-free school in Los Angeles. Now he would eat pasta and pizza every day of his life if I allowed him.

The Post-It campaign focuses on the importance of promoting positivity and discouraging bullying. What are some ways parents and teachers can encourage good behavior for kids in school? Do you have any personal experiences with bullying?

Oh, I absolutely experienced bullying when I was a child. School became a source of anxiety for me and that was when my parents started writing handwritten notes. I could refer to them when I was feeling insecure or scared or sad throughout the day and it made me feel like they were with me. I try to encourage my son to be as communicative as possible and to be a good friend, so if he sees something happening, to speak up, to get a teacher. It’s something that just can’t be tolerated, period.

Image: Debra Messing poses by her inscription on a large Post-it that reads, “Believe in yourself!!”; via Noelia de la Cruz.

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Fun, Healthy Meal Planning with LaLa Lunchbox

Monday, August 6th, 2012

LaLa Lunchbox can be just what your picky eater needs to develop a healthy lifestyle. The app, developed by mom and health-care professional Gillian Fein, is a fun way to guarantee your child’s lunch will end up in their tummy.

“As a mom of two young kids, I know that getting children to eat balanced meals is invariably a struggle for all of us at some point,” Fein says. “But when kids have a say in their meals, they feel empowered and less food is wasted and unwanted.”

LaLa Lunchbox comes with an easy-to-use functionality. The app lets each child create a lunchbox that is personalized by a cute monster avatar; he or she then drags the icon of their preferred food item in each of four categories—fruits, veggies, proteins, and snacks—into their avatar’s mouth. While the app comes with a predetermined set of food options, families can add or remove their own choices to and from the appropriate categories. Each lunchbox, or list, is complete once it contains a variety of four to six items.

Additionally, a calendar function allows the parent to designate each lunchbox to specific weeks, as there’s no doubt your kid will want to switch it up often. A task list feature even lets you check off each item after you drop it into the cart at the grocery store.

Make eating fun for your family today—the app is available for $1.99 on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

For more information, visit or follow @LaLaLunchbox on Twitter.

Image: Young girl holding packed lunch in living room smiling, via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

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Marvel Team Creates Deaf Superhero Called Blue Ear in Honor of Boy
Marvel usually gets mail from die-hard fans asking extremely detailed questions about their favorite characters, but one request from a desperate mother led staffers to put their thinking caps on and come up with a brand new superhero.

A Baby Made in India: A Couple’s Dream Comes True
More American couples are turning to overseas surrogates.

9-Year-Old Food Blogger Takes On School Lunch
Martha Payne, age 9, was dissatisfied with the lunches served by her primary school in Scotland, so she began documenting her school meals online — with photos and ratings — prompting worldwide attention for her healthy-lunch campaign.

The Upside of Peer Pressure: Social Networks Help Kids Exercise More
A new study finds that the single biggest influence on kids’ physical activity levels is the exercise habits of their closest friends.

Babies’ Hunger to Learn Has a ‘Goldilocks Effect’
Infants are constantly trying to make sense of the world around them, and they do this by seeking out situations that are neither too simple nor too complex.

Drug for Adults Is Popular as Children’s Remedy
Parents are questioning the long-term effects of the often-used laxative, Miralax, which has become a staple in many American households since it was first introduced 13 years ago.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, March 16th, 2012

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Some Schools Planning to Drop ‘Pink Slime’ Meat
The lunch lady won’t be serving up “pink slime” anymore at several school districts around the country.

Huggies Diaper Ad Backfires Among Dads
Many fathers say depiction of clueless parenting is offensive.

Having Small Babies May Raise Heart Risk in Moms
Women who give birth to small, full-term babies may have an increased risk for heart disease decades later, new research shows.

Houston Mother Must Pass DNA Test to Be Reunited with Son
A Houston mother was headed to court Thursday hoping to be reunited with her son eight years after she reported her baby boy was kidnapped.

Popular Easter Egg Hunt Scrapped Due To Behavior Of Parents
Parents’ bad behavior has prompted city officials to cancel an Easter egg hunt.

Mom Elissa Simonson Gives Birth On Sidewalk Outside Minn. Hospital
Elissa Simonson didn’t quite make it to a hospital for the birth of her third child. But, she was very close.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, March 9th, 2012

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Report: USDA School Lunch Meat Contains “Pink Slime”
McDonald’s and other fast food chains may have gotten rid of “pink slime” from its burgers, but the gooey sounding chemical treatment that removes bacteria from meat is popping up elsewhere: Kids’ school lunches.

Polish Woman Saves Babies with 75 Days in Labor
A Polish woman lay nearly upside down in labor for 75 days to save the lives of her two premature babies after the first of three foetuses growing inside her was born prematurely and died.

Heart Screens for Kids Not Ready for Prime Time
Routinely giving children electrocardiograms could detect some cases of potentially fatal heart problems, but it would also cause many false-alarms along the way, a new study suggests.

Toddler’s Tantrum Gets Family Booted from JetBlue Flight
The subject of “appropriate behavior” for children on airline flights is back in the news again. This time it comes after a Rhode Island family was kicked off a JetBlue flight in the Turks and Caicos when the family’s 2-year-old toddler threw a temper tantrum before takeoff, NBC 10 of Providence reports.

Tea Parties with Dad May Result in Better Grades
Fathers who sip pretend tea, play school alongside stuffed animals or act out storybooks with their toddlers are doing more than establishing their “fun Dad” image. They may be giving kids an academic boost that lasts at least through elementary school, a new study of low-income families suggests.

Teen Sex Ed: Instead of Promoting Promiscuity, It Delays First Sex
On Thursday, the Guttmacher Institute, which conducts reproductive health research, came out with a study that suggests censoring sex ed won’t actually lead to teens safeguarding their virginity until they slip on a wedding ring. But sex ed classes, even the really G-rated ones, get teens to wait longer before they start having sex.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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Sex-Changing Treatments Are on the Rise in Kids
A small but growing number of teens and even younger children who think they were born the wrong sex are getting support from parents and from doctors who give them sex-changing treatments, according to reports in the medical journal Pediatrics.

Ultrasound Abortion Bill Nears Vote in Virginia
A bill requiring a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion is poised to pass Virginia’s legislature this week, placing it on track to be signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

New Guidelines Planned on School Vending Machines
The Obama administration, in a continuation of its efforts to curb childhood obesity, plans to set nationwide guidelines to promote healthy choices in schools.

Kids Who Don’t Gender Conform Are at Higher Risk of Abuse
Swapping gender roles is common in childhood play, but a new study finds that non-conforming kids are at risk for physical and sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress.

Even Babies Can Recognize What’s Fair
Babies as young as 19 months are affronted when they see displays of injustice.

How Much Sleep Do Teens Really Need? Maybe Less than You Think
If your teen’s lack of sleep is keeping you up nights, a new study should help put your mind at ease.

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