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WEBCHAT: Is the Glass Half Full or Empty?

March 8th, 2011 - By Fit Staff

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Americans drink over 56 gallons of soft drinks a year! How much is too much — especially for children? What are some acceptable alternatives that don’t leave you with empty calories? Should chocolate milk be served in school lunch programs? Join Chef Ann Cooper, known as the Renegade Lunch Lady, for a live webchat Tuesday March 29th at noon. She’ll give you some facts as well as some ideas to quench your thirst healthfully.

When: Join the chat Tuesday, March 29th at 12p. EDT

QUIZ: What is my child drinking?


With hundreds of drink choices available, it is important to talk to your child about healthy drinking from a young age. You can get started by figuring out what your child drinks. Take our quiz to find out where your child stands »

FROM NEWSWORKS.ORG: reporter Meggan Kole reports on a number of organizations that are urging the government to consider warning labels on soda. Philly joins bid to combat sugary soda consumption

About the Hosts:

Chef Ann CooperChef Ann Cooper is a celebrated author, chef, educator, and enduring advocate for better food for all children. She works to transform cafeterias into culinary classrooms for kids and support local food systems. Currently, Ann is Director of Nutrition Services for the Boulder Valley School District. She is co-founder of Lunch Lessons LLC and the Food Family Farming Foundation’s Lunch Box Project: Healthy Tools for All schools. In a nation where children are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents because of diet-related illness, Ann is a relentless voice of reform by focusing on the links between food, family, farming and children’s health and wellness.

Watch Chef Ann’s video on eliminating chocolate milk in schools.

Lari RoblingLari Robling is the producer of WHYY’s Fit and the author of Endangered Recipes.

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