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January 25, 2018
Bill that would provide free lunch for more Colorado students moves forward
Colorado already picks up part of the cost of school lunch for elementary-aged children from low-income families.
December 10, 2015
New Colorado child care rules take aim at obesity
New state rules for child care centers will ban sugary drinks, establish limits on screen time and mandate 60 minutes of daily physical activity for in full-day students.
Past becomes present
June 25, 2015
Camp for Native American youth draws on centuries of healthy tradition
A free summer camp especially for Native American youth in metro Denver teaches healthy habits and cultural heritage by incorporating traditional crafts, sports and agricultural practices.
down with bake sales?
September 24, 2014
New rules may force schools to look at fundraising through a healthier lens
New federal rules put stricter limits on food fundraisers at schools. While there's still some room for cookie dough and frozen pizza sales, advocates are hoping the requirements will raise awareness and help facilitate a move toward healthy fundraising options.
fill out this form pretty please
August 29, 2014
Anxious about loss of funds, schools lend parents a helping hand with paperwork
Many administrator make a big effort to get parents to fill out applications for free or reduced-price meals. Besides ensuring that kids don't go hungry, they want to get their fair share of the funding pie.
August 28, 2014
Universal free meals coming to high-poverty schools in eight districts
Eight Colorado school districts, most small and rural, are participating in a new federal program that will allow them to offer universal free meals in some or all of their schools.
Lunch is served
June 30, 2014
Free summer meals for kids, but what about hungry parents?
Federally-funded summer meal programs provide free food for kids but not parents, leading a small number of sites in Colorado to raise extra funds to feed adults too. They believe this model helps increase participation by kids, fights adult hunger and builds community.
the meal is served
May 29, 2014
Universal free meals coming to some high-poverty schools
A new federal program called "Community Eligiblity" will allow some high-poverty schools or districts to offer free meals to all students with no "Free/Reduced Meal" application required.
March 21, 2014
Wellness follows a questionable path at test time
It’s TCAP season and at many Colorado schools that means a concerted effort to push healthy habits that will help kids perform their best. But some parents and advocates worry that these efforts, while well-intentioned, have limited value if they only last as long as the spring testing window.
starting the day right
February 14, 2014
Some parents question health of school breakfast, but change is slow
A group of Denver Public Schools parents have raised concerns about some of the foods served during "breakfast in the classroom," saying they have too much sugar, too many preservatives and too little protein.
January 21, 2014
Change to federal program means free meals for all students in Shelby County Schools
A change to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's regulations will allow the Shelby County school district to provide free breakfasts and lunches to every student in the district, Shelby County officials told board members in a presentation this evening.
January 9, 2014
Larger servings of meat and bread can stay in school lunches
School food services directors across Colorado and the country breathed a sigh of relief this week after United States Department of Agriculture rules limiting meat…
April 16, 2012
Eat Your Radio teaches kids about food, and journalism
If this isn't creative we don't know what is. KGNU radio in Boulder teaches kids about nutrition and journalism through Eat Your Radio. The food part of the lesson is courtesy of the Integrated Nutrition Education Program.
February 10, 2012
DPS launches Spanish-language health workshops
Spanish-speaking families in Denver, Colo., are the focus of a new school initiative: free health workshops. Read more about this initiative and get dates and times here.
December 15, 2011
Citing obesity data, city says schools have boosted kids' health
Teacher Christian Ledesma leads his running group at P.S. 244, one of four schools to win a national fitness award. City children have shed pounds faster than children anywhere else, according to five years of health data released today. Mayor Bloomberg brought Chancellor Dennis Walcott and a team of commissioners and elected officials to P.S. 218 in the Bronx to announce, over the cafeteria salad bar, that obesity rates among elementary and middle school students have declined in the last half-decade. They touted an array of recent efforts to boost students' health. But the Centers for Disease Control, which identified the trend, said it could not say that interventions in schools had driven the decline in obesity. In the 2006-2007 school year, 21.9 percent of children in kindergarten through eighth grade were obese. Last year, that figure was 20.7 percent. In contrast, according to the CDC, children's obesity rates are stagnant nationally. The decrease spanned all racial and economic groups, but obesity rates for black and Hispanic children fell by less, according to the CDC, which released the data in its weekly report today. And still, one in five New York City children is considered obese.
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