CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2011 |
Los Angeles schools will remove high-sugar chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk from their lunch and breakfast menus after food activists campaigned for the change, L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy announced this week. Deasy revealed his intent, which will require approval by the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education, during an appearance with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday night. The policy change is part of a carefully negotiated happy ending between the Los Angeles Unified School District and Oliver.
March 2, 2011 |
Soft drinks were banned in Los Angeles schools in 2004. But if you think that means kids are protected from too much sugar at school, think again. Children are regularly able to select a school breakfast that contains more added sugar than a can of soda. A popular breakfast offering of Frosted Flakes doused in chocolate milk with a side of coffee cake and a carton of orange juice contains 51 grams of added sugar (or 79 grams of total sugar counting those that occur naturally in the milk and the juice)
October 11, 2010
Chocolate milk has become a somewhat volatile liquid. In a food fight that's been raging for the past few years, some have called on schools to ban the beverage for children because of its high sugar content; the National Dairy Council struck back with a "Raise Your Hand for Chocolate Milk" campaign. A cup of chocolate milk has about 24 grams to 30 grams of sugar; regular whole milk has about 11 grams to 13 grams of sugar. (For more, read the Los Angeles Times story "Should chocolate milk be allowed in schools?"
August 23, 2010 |
When British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver visited an elementary school in America's "fattest" city, Huntington, W.Va., he saw the children tossing out fresh fruit in favor of processed chicken nuggets and chowing down on egg pizza for breakfast. But it was the sugar-laden chocolate milk that would stick in his mind, as he recounted this year in a speech he gave when receiving a TED Prize. "It epitomizes the trouble we're in, guys," said the star of ABC's "Food Revolution," a show that promoted healthy eating in public schools.
June 18, 2010 |
When I was 16 and struggling with a vicious eating disorder in a hospital inpatient program, different patients had different reasons for nursing themselves back to health. Unfortunately, most anorexics don't use health itself as a motivator: The reasons ranged from going back to college or to please a boyfriend or family member. But my own personal incentive to get well was inspired by my longtime desire to have children one day. After severely weakening my body and inflicting amenorrhea on it through my best attempts to starve myself to skeletal proportions, I knew that I would need to get healthy myself before I began thinking about having a healthy child.
May 10, 2010 |
Every so often, we take a candid look at the private dietary lives of people whose food choices need a makeover. Up this week: the kitchen and dining habits of 29-year-old Stephanie Jacobson. "This is the sad amount of food that belongs to me," says Jacobson on a recent weekday as she opens the refrigerator that she shares with her two roommates. Her stuff doesn't amount to much: an opened bag of cheddar cheese sticks, apple slices, a small can of tuna and some Trader Joe's frozen dinners, including fettuccine, chicken quesadillas and macaroni and cheese.
November 21, 2009 |
The dairy industry recently rolled out an expensive media campaign in praise of chocolate milk, a classic school lunch drink that's under assault for its sugar content. As trade groups spend upward of $1 million to defend the drink, three fifth-graders have come to its rescue. A year after the school district in Barrington, Ill., banned flavored milk from its elementary- and middle-school lunch menus, students persuaded administrators to give it another chance. "Kids weren't drinking the white milk," said Haley Morris, 10. "It's better to have the chocolate milk than nothing."
November 16, 2009 |
The dairy industry recently rolled out an expensive media campaign in praise of chocolate milk, a classic school lunch drink that's under assault for its sugar content. But as trade groups spend upward of $1 million to defend the drink, three fifth-graders have come to its rescue. A year after the school district in Barrington, Ill., banned flavored milk from its elementary- and middle-school lunch menus, the students persuaded administrators to give it another chance. "Kids weren't drinking the white milk," said Haley Morris, 10. "It's better to have the chocolate milk than nothing."
October 6, 2009 |
The San Francisco powerhouse agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners takes as its corporate mantra "art serving capitalism." But I wonder if it shouldn't be the other way around? I give you -- with a plate of chocolate chip cookies -- "Battle for Milkquarious," a 20-minute Web-only "rock opera" by GSP featuring the exploits of White Gold, the doofus-y guitar-strutter/pitchman for the California Milk Processor Board (the "Got Milk?" people). We met White Gold in previous commercials.