School lunches impacted by USDA standards


The Journalist’s Resource posted an article titled “Impact of the new USDA school meal standards on food selection, consumption and waste” that discussed the impact of the new standards on children’s nutrition and the waste created by the children not consuming the food offered. New nutrition health standards have required more fruits and vegetables to be offered through free/reduced lunch programs and less meat and grains are offered, but the children were not eating the food creating more waste. When the standards went into effect for the 2011-2012 school year, students were not thrilled, and the USDA responded by allowing the amount of meat and grain offered to return to its previous amount. Still, research from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that participation in the National School Lunch Program declined 3.7% despite a jump in the number of students receiving free meals. 

It is difficult to cater the standards for healthy meals by what the children will eat because there is already so much waste, the food programs can not afford more. I think the question to ask is the waste worth healthier children? Portions should be regulated by health professionals and not the students. If if were up to them they would eat chicken nuggets and candy for lunch instead of a sandwich and carrots. Children need nutrition to learn and develop normally and the school lunches are the only meal some children receive. I see the struggle to maintain waste as well as reduce the risk for obesity and hope a solution will soon be found to balance the diet of children in the school lunch system.


Advocacy Opportunity for Kids with Autism


Throughout my child development class Policy and Advocacy, my group and I have chosen to partner up with Families Advocating Autism Now (FAAN) to raise money for their non-profit organization. Our blog is the first step to raising awareness of FAANs need in our community. Children with autism require extra support in school and the money we raise will go towards the training of one-on-one aids in the classroom as well as at home. FAAN supports families and children by hosting special events and is dedicated to finding new and better ways to help the education system adapt to the growing and changing needs of the autistic child. Check out their website!

Children needed in Medical Research


Although this title sounds concerning at first, the article states that medical research that involves children, must be tried on children before placed as disease prevention. One of the main issues is parents knowledge of the research opportunities for their children. Many of the parents surveyed in the article were not aware of the opportunities for participation in medical research. The results of the survey also present a much bigger percentage of the public does understand the importance of medical research to advancing healthcare for children.


New Policy on Media with Kids


In a new policy statement released today, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents make a media use plan for their families that monitors the quality as well as the quantity of media seen by the youngest members of the family. The policy estimated that the average eight to ten-year-old spends nearly eight hours a day with a variety of media that isn’t always age appropriate. Statistics shown throughout the policy indicates the rising number of younger children using media devises such as smart phones, ipads, tablets, and television. Parents are not always informed of the content or the amount of use their children or teens encounter on such devises and this policy is put into place to help change that. The higher the use of media has also been linked to obesity, so pediatricians are looking out for the correlation.

Protest in Phoenix outside of ICE headquarters


On Monday, October 14 protesters gathered outside of ICE’s headquarters in Phoenix Arizona to stand up to Obama’s  record number of deportations (more than 400,000 last year alone). The deportations are splitting apart families, “while immigration reforms that could help many of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants gain legal status languish in Congress.”

Healthcare “glitch” Effects Families


The Washington post reports the “family glitch” in the 2010 health care law that threatens the cost of some families insurance up to thousands of dollars and leave up to 500,000 children without coverage. This is mainly due to the fact  that the problem can not be fixed because congress moved to strip funding from the Affordable Care Act, and now it is on hold for another year.

Many families are not aware of their options now that health insurance is required. Companies that offer affordable healthcare for their employees don’t always offer family plans, which leave the children out of the picture.