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Smart Talk: Kids nutrition

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 6, 2014 2:04 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, April 7, 2014:

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It’s critical to cultivate and nurture healthy eating habits and daily exercise in our children. 

However, with busy schedules, junk foods, and video games, often times kids aren’t getting the adequate nutrition or physical activity they need.

Parents, schools, educators, businesses, programs and organizations, sports affiliations, and even kids want to change that.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is one of those programs. Launched by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program aims to encourage and empower school-age kids to take positive actions in eating nutritional foods and engaging in 60 minutes of daily physical activity.  

Keystone Kids Go!  is another program.  Created by the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Education, and Public Welfare, Keystone Kids Go! focus is early childhood and is comprised of six parts: Go Colorful!, Go Active!, Go Learn!, Go Healthy!, Go Families and Parents!, and PA NAP SACC.

Appearing on Monday’s Smart Talk to discuss the programs and ways to provide kids healthy and active lifestyles are Sharon Piano, Program Manager, Fuel up To Play 60 and Vonda Cooke, State Director, Child Nutrition Programs.

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Sharon Piano & Vonda Cooke

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Comments: 3

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-07 08:15

    A listener emails:

    I had been an non instructional aide at an elementary school for just about 4 years .i became disgruntled over the school lunches . I finally decided to take pictures that I planned to bring to the public. Let's just say I lost my job for this with the company that our school district has out sourced to. Now as a tax paying citizen I believe our kids deserve better. It's horrible quality , prepared horribly... So much waste goes into the trash per day.do u have advice as to how I can bring this to the public . At the moment I am in touch with a school board member but so far this is a slow process. Any input from you would be appreciated.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-07 08:35

    Nick from York emails:

    As a child, I experienced both the private and public education systems. While enrolled in private school, I was exposed to school lunches were entirely prepared fresh, much like the meals eaten at my family home. Conversely , in public schools, all of the foods offered were frozen, packaged, and or pre-cooked items purchased and subsequently prepared to serve. Have public schools made a push towards freshly prepared foods? If not, why?
    Thanks!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-07 08:57

    Chet emails:

    As I was listening to your program today, and you talked with your guests about the school lunch program, I was interested in how your one guest felt that lunches from scratch or made from fresh food would not be possible due to cost and time restraints. I found this interesting because of tv shows that have recently become popular such as Restaurant Impossible, and Kitchen Nightmares. On these shows, hosts Robert Irvine and Gordon Ramsay, respectively, have shown time and again that foods prepared from scratch, made fresh are actually cheaper and are no more time consuming than warming up frozen foods, and of course the fresh foods taste better and are better for you. I would be interested to hear a more in depth discussion of this point, to see how that could relate to the school lunch program. Thank you for your time, and thank you for such a great program! I love listening every day and hearing the wide variety of topics that are covered!

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