It's that time again, National School Lunch Week. It brings back those elementary school memories of hot, fresh cafeteria food. Somehow I don't miss the rectangular slices of pizza that display the aesthetics of a carpet sample.
Childhood obesity is usually linked to soda pop in the schools or their proximity to fast-food outlets, but research from a new study draws correlations between the price of fresh fruits and veggies and children's health. The Santa Monica-based Rand Corporation, a think tank, "examined the weight gain of 6,918 children of varying socio-economic backgrounds from 59 U.S. metropolitan areas as they advanced from kindergarten to third grade. Researchers compared the weight gain figures with the price of different types of foods and the number of food outlets in the areas." And what did they discover? "Young children who live in communities where fruits and vegetables are expensive are more likely to gain excessive amounts of weight than kids who live in areas where produce costs less. That connection was stronger than the proximity to fast-food restaurants."
Forget those hemp flavored lollipops you crave. They're banned in NY and NJ. Some are merely flavored to taste earthy and smoky and hempy, but others contain cannabis oil. Companies selling the product note that they are not marketed at children.