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January 31, 2013
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Healthy Kids Menus, Part 2
As more Americans make healthy eating a priority, it's important that these healthy habits are passed down to younger diners. Luckily, many restaurants, chefs and food manufacturers are leading the charge by rolling out healthier kids menus and participating in programs to teach children about the importance of healthy eating. We looked at some examples in Part 1 of this special report. Read on for more stories about how the food and beverage industry is helping children eat healthier.

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Spotlight on Healthy Kids Menus 
  • Chefs put a personal touch on healthy home cooking
    Personal chefs fill a growing niche helping busy professionals put healthy meals on the table. "What is wonderful about being a personal chef is that I can do whatever the client wants. I cook all sorts of cuisines, for people of all different backgrounds and careers," personal chef Madeleine Dee said. Creating meals for children can be a challenge, but pleasing picky palates has its rewards. "I remember my own trials at the table. But some kids are more adventurous. Kids are seeing a lot of food coverage on TV, and some want to try out new things," said chef Jessica Grace. USA Today (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Focus on Food Education 
  • Veggie classes help kids make healthier choices
    Lisa Suriano is sharing her passion for healthy food with the next generation through her Veggiecation program at Whole Foods stores. Suriano, the daughter of a classically-trained chef, leads classes at 23 Whole Foods stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that teach children how to turn vegetables into tasty dishes such as mint pesto. The Produce News (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students design lunch menus in Pa. school district
    The student winners of a logo contest in a Pennsylvania school district will each help to put together school lunch menus for one week. The contest was intended to help generate excitement and interest in school meals, as well as educate students about the federal meal requirements taking effect. Students also learned lessons in nutrition, with one group of students deciding to substitute high-calorie alfredo sauce for a healthier cheese sauce in one of their dishes. Reading Eagle Press (Pa.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chefs showcase healthy school meals in Mich.
    Students at three high schools in Michigan got a taste of new, healthier meals during the recent "Showcase of Chefs." Students tasted meals -- all of which met nutrition standards under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act -- and offered feedback. On the menu were southwest cantina bowls, turkey Florentine wraps, stuffed crust pizza and cowboy stew. Overall, students said they enjoyed the healthier fare and would buy it at school. (Michigan) (free registration) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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