By: Rachel K. Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD, Bickford Professor of Nutrition and Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont and Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition’s Science Board
This fall, school nutrition programs underwent major changes that improve the nutritional quality of school lunches nationwide. The media has been filled with stories about the new menus, which feature more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in items such as sweet potato fries, whole-wheat tortillas and black bean and corn salsa.
By: Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board member
Having studied physical activity during pregnancy for over 25 years, I am amazed at how far we have progressed. When I began to research this area in the late 1980's, information was scarce, and recommendations were very conservative. This only makes sense, as "first do no harm" is even more important than normal when you are talking about protecting the maternal-fetal unit.
By: Allyson Felix, U.S. Track and Field Olympian & Member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
The new nutrition standards established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act at the US Department of Agriculture represent an important step in America’s fight against childhood obesity and will help promote healthy eating habits for youth in our nation’s schools. These standards promote a balanced diet of additional fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins, and whole grains, while eating less sugar, saturated fat, and sodium.