Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Friday, August 31, 2012

Weekend Reading and Local Fun


In December of 2010, the school lunch law was re-authorized as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Implementation of the law continues to roll out. Starting now, our school lunches need to meet new requirements for more and  a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, less salt and more whole grains -- an exciting but challenging change for many schools.  This article is a great description of what we should see at lunch this year.

Great new research shows that something as simple as an Elmo sticker helped kids pick apples over cookies in the school lunch line. This work was a follow up to the study showing prompts like "What would Batman eat?" work, too.

I've read these statistics before but I am still astonished that nearly half of all food in our country is wasted -- and food is the biggest single component of solid waste in landfills where it produces methane among other woes. The article has tips on reducing your own waste.  For what you cannot reduce, try a composter. You may also want to read Garbology.  What I would most like to see is composting programs in our schools and our village.


September is Hunger Action Month - check out Feeding America's website for things you can do to fight hunger in our communities. 

On a related note, the Environmental Working Group has produced a terrific, interactive guide to buying healthy food on a tight budget.


Last weekend for Sea Cliff Beach! Concession is open throughout the holiday weekend. Music on Friday might at 7. Sunday is the annual family Fun day starting at noon.

Saturday at 12pm, Old Westbury Gardens is hosting a Storybook Stroll for kids. Borrow a pass from the Sea Cliff Library.

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