Schools, Fast Food Chains Make for Unhealthy Neighbors

Looking at body-fat data from more than 1 million California students over eight years, researchers have found a direct link between obesity and the physical proximity of fast food restaurants to schools.

The "Cheese Sandwich Policy"

School districts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chula Vista, California, and Hillsborough County, Florida, have implemented a "cheese sandwich policy" for students whose parents fail to pay their lunch tab. If parents don't pay, students are shamed with a cold cheese sandwich. "Every time I eat it, it makes me feel like I want to throw up," said one 7-year-old.


From Berkeley to Boulder

Chef Ann Cooper, who, with the support of Alice Waters' Chez Panisse Foundation, transformed the Berkeley Unified School District's lunch programs, is taking her show on the road to Boulder, Colorado.


Sushi School

In September, sushi chef Katsuya Uechi of the Katsuya restaurant empire will open the Sushi Institute of America, a professional sushi school in downtown Los Angeles. For more information, the Institute, oddly enough, has a myspace page (or here, for the official site).


The Underground Candy Economy

Schools that have banned the sale of candy on campus have spawned black markets in sweets. "It’s created a little underground economy, with businessmen selling everything from a pack of skittles to an energy drink," said Jim Nason, principal at Hook Junior High School in Victorville, California. Via Freakonomics.


Debt du Jour

After piling up high interest loans to pay for culinary school, many celebrity chef wannabes face spiraling debt.



Education: eGullet announces scholarship program for culinary professionals.


iPods for Healthy Eating

Education: Students in Glasgow, Scotland, are being offered iPods in exchange for healthy eating through an incentive scheme linked to what they eat at school (more).