Diet Apps and School Lunch

Diets – a word that gives food lovers pause.  My state has an adult obesity rate of 32%, the highest in the US.  Diets have proliferated as obesity rates climb.  Do diets really work?  Well, in the short term, yes.  However, maintenance is very difficult because obesity is a multifaceted issue.  What follows is a link  to evaluation of weight loss apps you might find helpful.  I’m not the food police, but there is so much misinformation floating around that sharing some science-based advice is in order.


The article is from Food & Nutrition Magazine, a publication of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly ADA).  Yeah, I’m a member of the Academy but NOT a member of the food police!  Any nutrition info in this blog is science-based ‘cuz I follow AND’s code of ethics.  Food and cooking is both art and science but most of all it is fun.

On today’s menu in Oak Grove Elementary: beef stew/rice, cabbage, broccoli with cheese sauce, chef salad, mandarin chicken salad, whole wheat rolls, bread sticks with marinara sauce, chocolate pudding, oranges, fruit cocktail, and of course milk. With the exception of the bread sticks/marinara sauce, all items were prepared from scratch.  We lunch ladies cook, serve, clean (including floors), and pull trash.  I do sleep well at night!

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Thanks for all the nice comments.  I’m no techie so it takes me a while to figure out widgets and such.


  1. Tell me about it – I lost 3 stones (whatever that is in Ibs for the wedding in three months and it took me about 1 year to put 2 of them back on!! I just shouldnt eat so much and do more exercise – period!

    • Agree. There is no magic bullet. In our modern sedentary lifestyle it takes real effort to keep the weight off, especially as we, ahem, age.

  2. You and your fellow lunch ladies deserve medals! It is so inspiring to hear that there are programs like yours. My school lunches were horrible. Chicken nuggets, potato wedges. Everything was either frozen, reconstituted, or fried. You have some extremely lucky students.

    Obesity is a very multi-faceted problem. More than one thing causes obesity, and it does make me angry that so many people reduce the problem to an obsession with calorie counts and exercise. Sure, exercise and calorie reduction is a part of it, but there are so many other reasons for why and how people lose weight.

    How are the kids at your school? Do you find that they are appreciative?

    • School kitchens are eliminating fryers – the place I sub has combi ovens, which can produce food with the same texture as deep fat fried food without the fat. I don’t miss working with fryers – they are messy and dangerous. The children (2nd through 5th grade) will eat most everything offered to them. However some portions are too big for the little ones given the time they have to eat, which is about 15 to 20 minutes. The children are well-behaved and seem to like their time with us. For some, having breakfast and lunch at school may be their only meals for the day. You are correct that obesity is more than just calories – of course the diet promoters want you to believe it is the only issue because they make big bucks for deluding people that weight loss is fast and easy.

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