Weekend Reads

good-reads_headerHappy Weekend, Friends! I trudged through a week of health stories and only saved the best for you.

You’re welcome.

These first two are all about fast food.

Like it? Hate it? Rely on it for your craziest weeknights? Wherever you stand – Don’t Panic.

I just saw this piece today by Roberto Ferdman in the Washington Post. It’s a fascinating read about the possible connection between kids eating fast food and their academic performance.

Headline: Fast food consumption is out of control—and it could be blunting children’s brains

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I don’t hate fast food. (I fantasize about a drive-in where I can score a kale salad, fruit kabobs, and a Greek veggie pita…)

I do hate how fast food restaurants have power to create a norm for kids’ food, and it’s usually junk. Thanks to the social pressure (and financial pressure from investors) fast food giants are starting to change the norm. Cheer on companies that offer whole grains, grilled proteins, and fresh fruit and veggies. This piece is about Wendy’s removing soda as a choice in the kid’s meals. (YESSS!!!) I love this line from The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s senior nutrition policy counsel, Jessica Almy,

“While parents bear most of the responsibility for feeding their children well, restaurant chains also need to do their part…Restaurants should not be setting parents up for a fight by bundling soda with meal options designed for kids. Wendy’s is taking a responsible step forward that will improve children’s health and make it easier for parents to make healthy choices for their children.” (source: CSPI)

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 Headline:  Wendy’s removes soda option from kids’ meal from USA Today

When I read stories like this next one, well, I get all goose-bumpy and excited. Healthy changes don’t have to be complicated. This study shows that simple changes to a school schedule can impact fruit and veggie consumption.  Check out the review of the study over at the New York Times.

Headline: Students Eat More Healthy Foods When Recess Is Held Before Lunch

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See you on Monday. Next week I’ll have some more Healthy Hostess Hacks and a recipe for you.