Posts Tagged ‘Lunch Hour’

Today I found this article about Lunchables through the “Lunch Hour” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lunchhourmovie)–http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/business/lunchables-king-of-the-lunchbox-faces-another-challenger.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1. It discusses a new form of “Lunchable” called Revolution Foods Meal Kits. Revolution Foods seeks to provide a healthier option than just normal Lunchables; although some experts are saying that these new meal kits aren’t super healthy either, Revolution Foods does avoid using high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and in general holds higher standards for their ingredients than their rival company. I hadn’t heard of these new meal kits until reading this article, and I figured maybe my blog audience hadn’t either. If you’re used to sticking Lunchables in your children’s school lunches, maybe consider checking into Revolution Foods Meal Kits as an option.

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Last June I wrote about the documentary Lunch Hour, which I enjoyed watching while attending the Health Freedom Expo in Chicago (you can read my post about Lunch Hour here). An opportunity has come up for all of us to do something to try to improve kids’ school lunches! In a March article “Dairy Industry Tries to Hide Artificial Sweeteners in School Lunches,” the Alliance for Natural Health website posted that aspartame is already being used in the flavored milk that kids receive for their school lunches, but now the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation want to remove aspartame from the ingredient label WITHOUT removing the aspartame! Aspartame can cause many health problems (you can read about them here: http://www.anh-usa.org/dairy-industry-tries-to-hide-artificial-sweeteners-in-school-lunches/), and it would be ideal to remove aspartame from kids’ milk altogether. Reducing people’s knowledge of the fact that they are consuming aspartame by eliminating it from the ingredient label is definitely yet another step to keep aspartame in the milk in the first place. Please read the article and consider clicking the “Take Action” button at the bottom of the article. It just takes a couple of minutes to fill in your information and send a quick note to the FDA to let them know you think all ingredients in food should be labeled. Thank you!

This past weekend I attended the Health Freedom Expo in Chicago (www.healthfreedomexpo.com) for the first time. I LOVED my experience there! It is held in the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, and by attending the expo, you get a discounted rate on your hotel room. The expo runs Friday through Sunday, and there are various speakers every hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sunday’s hours are shortened). There are anywhere from three to six different seminars offered per hour on all kinds of health topics, and it was super hard to pick which ones to attend because so many sounded interesting! In addition to the classes, there are 150 vendors with booths selling various health products and books; I’m hoping to have a booth there next year for Illegally Innocent! The expo is reasonably priced, as you can get a free ticket for Friday, and then each additional day is $20. There’s even a discount if you’re attending all three days.

I was unable to stay for Sunday, but between Friday and Saturday I attended thirteen different classes and one health movie called Lunch Hour. Lunch Hour was fascinating! It was Chicago’s premier showing of the movie, and it was quite an informative film on the history of school lunches and why kids get served such nutrient-deficient food for lunch. According to the movie (I apologize to the director, James Costa, if I have skewed any facts, as I did not take notes while watching Lunch Hour and am reporting this from memory), the government reimburses schools for $2.77 per child’s meal, but only if the foods provided are from a list of 180 approved foods. On top of that, each school really only gets about 90 cents per child’s meal by the time additional costs like staff and proper food safety are added on. Interestingly enough, we spend about $5.00 per meal in nursing homes and about $7.00 per meal in soup kitchens, so why can’t we spend more on the children?! This film is not yet available for the public to watch; James Costa, who hosted the event, said it is still being decided whether Lunch Hour will be in movie theaters or will be a made-for-TV movie. Wherever it ends up, you need to watch it! You can check out the trailer for it at www.lunchhourmovie.com.

In an effort to prevent this post from growing too long, I am going to break my Health Freedom Expo experience into two posts. Tomorrow I will share some random snippets of things I learned from the classes I took, so make sure you return!