May 28, 2010

Junk Food Banned in Mexican Schools

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Looks like our neighbors to the south are jumping ahead of us. At least in terms of junk food. According to several sources, the Mexican government is planning to ban junk food and fry-ups in primary and secondary schools in an attempt to fight one of the worst obesity problems in the world.

In America, we have similar problem. Now I know that First Lady Michelle Obama is leading an Anti-Obesity Campaign, however actions speak louder than words. And Mexico seems to be taking the action approach head-on. The United States should take note.
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May 24, 2010

Labels, Labels, Everywhere: Exposing Restaurant Nutrition Facts

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Exposing nutritional data at restaurants has been a highly contested topic for many years, especially in New York City.  In 2008, New York led the country in the fight against serving food to customers without access to nutritional information.  The city eventually passed a regulation requiring chain restaurants with at least 15 national locations  to display calorie information for standard food items on menus or in close proximity to the menus. Read the rest of this entry »

April 12, 2010

Healthy School Lunches at Last!

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I live in Chicago, and one of the more interesting local news stories of the last few weeks has been the planned overhaul of Chicago Public School cafeteria food.  How many parents out there hand their children money each week so that they can purchase a school lunch? Do you know what they are purchasing or even the options available to them?  The problem is that we assume that children are taken care of in schools.  But this isn’t always the case. Read the rest of this entry »

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