Blog Posts By: Gretchen Speer Patch, MPH

Make Breakfast Time Your Favorite Time


March 3, 2014

Do you have trouble getting your children out the door with breakfast in hand bright and early in the morning? Do you find yourself begging your child to eat breakfast or sitting in the morning drive thru line? Let me share a time-saving secret that may also save you money– it’s called school breakfast. You […]

When It Comes to Snacks at School, Change Takes Time


October 3, 2013

Few places are more powerful than the school setting when it comes to positively impacting children’s health and childhood obesity. Improvements to the nutritional criteria for school lunch implemented last year and school breakfast implemented this year have made school meals healthier than they have been for the past 30 years. Healthier options, including fresh […]

We Are Made to Move and So Are Our Children


March 28, 2013

When I was a kid, my older brothers and I were told to go outside and play until we were called for dinner or the sun went down. Many children and adolescents now live in a world where playing outside at home is not an option for a variety of reasons. Today, only one in […]

School Meals Are Only One Piece of the Puzzle

February 6, 2012

January was a big month for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs as the USDA made sweeping changes to nutritional standards for school meals for the first time in 15 years. Over the next few years, school meals will slowly increase fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while reducing fat, sodium, and calories. Health and […]


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