Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Montgomery and Prince George’s county schools serve more fruits and vegetables, but students may not be eating them.
- Erin Egan
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Every day at lunch, children across Prince George’s and Montgomery counties may be facing what conventional wisdom says is one of their worst nightmares. No, it’s not monsters hiding under their beds or behind their closet doors. It’s not zombies chasing after them, either. It’s fruits and vegetables. After Congress passed a nationwide law limiting the amount of calories schools are allowed to serve at lunch, schools in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties are adhering to the rules and serving up more healthy options for students. “Before this year, each student had to select three out of five items,” said Marla Caplon, Director of the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at Montgomery County public schools. “This year, the student …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Kids at the Silver Spring YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club participate every Tuesday.
About 30 Silver Spring area children recently participated in a nutritional program introduced to the Silver Spring YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club called Grocery Dash. The exercise, created by five University of Maryland students, is a nutritional activity that educates students about healthier options by developing their own grocery lists. You can learn more about Grocery Dash and implementing this program in your community centers on Mission: FITPossible.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Parents, professionals recommend how to get children to eat more fruits and veggies in light of June—Fruits and Vegetables Month.
Less than 30 percent of Maryland children ages 2 to 11 consumed the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day in 2010, according to a Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene survey. Leading health organizations are aiming to boost this percentage in light of June, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. But one couldn’t guess fruits and veggies are taboo for Maryland kids, visiting the farmers market at 5211 Paint Branch Parkway on Saturday morning. Several parents were there food shopping with their kids, and most said they had no problem getting their children to eat fruits and veggies. Take Alexander Williams, 40, shopping with his wife Melissa Ho, 41, and their “greens maniac” 4½-year-old son Marcel Ho. “He …
Friday, June 10, 2011
The program will help lower-income families explore fresh foods from farmers markets and eat nutritiously.
University of Maryland students camped out at the Riverdale Park Farmers Market Thursday handing out samples of blueberries. The reason: to help local families on WIC and SNAPP, government aid to help lower-income families east nutritiously, choose healthier foods and to shop fresh and local. The students from the School of Public Health will be appearing monthly at the farmers markets in Riverdale Park, College Park and one in D.C. until November, according to Stephanie Grutzmacher, a faculty research associate. Grutzmacher said they may come to the farmers market consecutively for a few weeks just to help get the word out about their program. According to their Facebook page, Food Smart, Fresh Start, the students will help outline fresh …