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The Checkup Archive: School Nutrition

Ranch dressing revisited

Ranch is often offered to children along with cut-up vegetables or baby carrots. Like the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, the ranch dip makes vegetables more palatable to kids who might otherwise shun them. But full-fat ranch is high in fat and calories, and reduced-fat versions are packed with sodium. Is it really such a great idea to induce kids to eat vegetables by loading those carrot sticks with such nutrition-unfriendly glop?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 8, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, School Nutrition, Sodium  
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Ranch dressing rules

For better or worse, ranch dressing is the most popular salad dressing in America. As I write in this week's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column, it has overtaken Italian dressing as our dressing of choice, both at the store and at restaurants.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 1, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition, Teens  
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New federal dietary guidelines released

Federal officials Monday released the government's latest advice to Americans on what they should be eating, including specific new recommendations to limit salt intake. The departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services jointly issued the first updated version of the federal government's official Dietary Guidelines for Americans in five...

By Rob Stein  | January 31, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, General Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition  
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Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?

A group of carrot farmers and a big-name ad agency have teamed up to convince kids that baby carrots are the hip new snack food.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Family Health, Food labeling, Is That Right?, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Parenting, Psychology, School Nutrition, Teens  
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Readers' school lunch suggestions

I'm turning over today's blog to school lunch suggestions from readers.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | August 10, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition  
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Why are so many teens so overweight?

Nearly one in five American teens is obese.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | June 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, School Nutrition, Teens  
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