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In basically every baking recipe that uses it, sugar is doing so much more than providing sweetness. It's an important component of the carefully designed chemical reactions taking place in your oven. Of course, there are dietary and health reasons people want to reduce or eliminate sugar.
When more seniors sheltered in place due to regional COVID-19 cases, Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels saw a a 25% rise in demand for new deliveries of nutritious food.
After making a brief comeback on school lunch menus, white bread and other refined grains may be vanishing again when schools reopen after a federal court vacated the Trump administration’s rollback of school nutrition standards.
Classes are out for at least six weeks, but Spokane Public Schools is rolling out a plan to begin distributing meals on Thursday.
Having food stamps offers Richard Butler a stability he’s rarely known in his 25 years. He was in state custody at age 2, spent his teen years at a Chicago boys’ home and jail for burglary, and has since struggled to find a permanent home.
Calorie counting can be a simple way to help maintain a healthy weight – don’t eat and drink more than you burn. And the calorie labels on food packaging seem like an immutable guide to help you track what you eat. But figures printed on nutrition labels may not be as precise as they seem.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken another whack at former first lady Michelle Obama's signature achievement: Establishing stricter nutritional standards for school breakfasts and lunches. And on her birthday.
A donation of $6,500 made last month, in addition to other gifts from community members, has erased lunch debt accumulated by students in the small school district west of Spokane.
Between trick-or-treat fun and candy canes, kids aren’t likely to resist sweets this time of year. But there are tips for parents to help with better choices. Experts note the best to worst, timing and frequency.
With recent national attention on childhood obesity rates, newly released data for Washington show that 7,100 youth ages 10-17 are obese. The state’s rate for this age group is 11%, ranking Washington as the sixth lowest in the U.S.
“If it’s approved, it will impact our students,” said Kim Elkins, director of nutrition services at the Mead school district, where about 1,100 students will be directly affected.
A major Washington State University study that linked childhood obesity in Spokane to factors beyond control of kids and their families found that fear, especially in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods in Spokane, where parents are reluctant to let their children go outside to play or exercise.
The district will continue its scratch-cooking program and will be offering smoothies to students at middle and high schools in the next school year. Though staff reductions hit lunchrooms hard, the district will continue to offer nourishment in the mornings and nutitious options when the lunch bell rings, said Doug Wordell, director of Nutrition Services for Spokane Public Schools.
A new study says preschoolers on U.S. government food aid have grown a little less pudgy. The research published Tuesday offers fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates among these kids weren’t a fluke. Researchers think changes in a federal nutrition program that emphasized healthier food options likely played a role.
A genetically modified variety of wheat with built-in enzymes to break down gluten have been produced in laboratories. Now, the researchers are hoping to refine the idea in an effort to bolster the diets of some 3 million Americans with celiac disease, a disorder that causes the body’s immune system to fight the digestive tract.
A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike.
Halloween should not be about replacing caramels with stickers. Instead, every day should be about parents acting as role models to teach children to develop a healthy relationship with food.
After more than a half-century, and countless, obsessive calculations on how many points you have to spend on your diet, Weight Watchers officially ceased to exist. On Monday, WW was born.
Since 2003, food production within Washington’s Department of Corrections has shifted towards larger, industrial-scale operations. But while the move has generated cost savings, some inmates and their advocates also see a decline in quality and a loss of skills.
It’s also good to remember that it’s not just sweet foods that have sugars. They’re in a lot of the foods we eat, like sliced bread, salad dressing, and ketchup, too.