5 School Foods That Get an "F"

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Cleveland Clinic/360-5.com on Aug 4, 2011 at 2:52PM

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5 School Foods That Get an "F"

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Kids Are What They Eat

Blank notebooks and sharpened pencils? Check. Cool backpack? Check. Closetful of new clothes? Check. At the start of every school year, parents the world over try to arm their kids with everything they need to start the year off right — and pass with flying colors. But the F on your kid’s report card may be in a surprising subject — food. “The foods we feed our children not only give them energy but also ingrain in them an understanding of health and nutrition,” says Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. If you want your kids to truly succeed in school, part of your back-to-school effort should involve a critical look at school day meals. Get ready for your first lesson: We’re serving up five foods to flunk this school year, with healthier, A+ alternatives. -- Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RD

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