Three Tarcher Books Are Finalists in the “Books for a Better Life” Awards!

November 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, In the News

 

Tarcher is proud to announce that three of our books have been chosen as finalists in this year’s Books for a Better Life awards. We can’t wait for the awards ceremony!

For scary tips about school food from LUNCH WARS, click here.

To learn more about Dennis Merritt Jones’ message in THE ART OF UNCERTAINTY, click here.

To read more about LIFE GETS BETTER and author Wendy Lustbader’s views on aging, click here.

What You Should Know About Your Kid’s School Lunch

July 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Books, DailyTarcher

SCARY FACTS ABOUT SCHOOL FOOD

from Tarcher’s book by Amy Kalafa, LUNCH WARS

see below for perks if you pre-order this book!

  • By their own assessment, our government determined that American schools are flunking lunch: A 2007 School Nutrition Dietary Assessment concluded that the vast majority of schools in America exceed USDA guidelines for the quantities of saturated fat, total fat and sodium in school lunches.
  • The surplus beef and poultry that the USDA offers as free commodity items to our school systems are held to a lower standard than fast-food chains like McDonald’s.  In the past decade, the USDA paid $145 million for pet-food grade “spent-hen meat” that went into the school meals program.
  • The average dollar amount spent per school lunch nationwide is a mere $1, 25 cents of which is spent on milk. Factor in the minimum number of calories that school lunches need to provide our children with that remaining 75 cents, and it’s easy to see why many cafeterias wind up offering cheap, high-calorie foods like Pop Tarts, chocolate milk and pizza.
  • Even free water is not a given in many school lunch rooms across the country: As bottled water brings in revenue for schools—not to mention the food management companies that supply them with goods to sell in cafeterias—many schools’ water fountains have fallen into disrepair.
  • The kids who DON’T buy lunch at school are healthier—and they perform better academically: A 2008 study found that children who bought lunch at school were at an increased risk for being overweight. The study also found that students with a higher consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fruits and vegetables performed better on a standardized literacy assessment, independent of socioeconomic factors. (Science Daily, Mar. 22, 2008).
  • The average kid will eat 3,000 school lunches between kindergarten and 12th grade. Replacing the chemical-fat-sugar-sodium-filled fare most schools are serving for lunch with nutritious, wholesome food could have an enormous impact on our children’s health—and their futures:  A 2008 study of 1349 students in grades 4 through 6 from 10 schools in a US city with a high proportion of children eligible for free and reduced-priced school meals participated in a multi-component School Nutrition Policy Initiative. Significantly fewer children in the intervention schools (7.5%) than in the control schools (14.9%) became overweight after 2 years.

LUNCH WARS will be available for purchase on August 18, 2011. It is available for presale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Borders, and Books-A-Million. E-mail a copy of your pre-order confirmation to LunchWarsBook@gmail.com and we’ll send you an invitation to join a FREE Lunch Wars Teleconference AND give you a discount on a DVD of Two Angry Moms, the documentary by Amy Kalafa that started the school food revolution!

5 Scary Facts About School Food

In her documentary Two Angry Moms, Amy Kalafa uncovered the alarmingly unhealthy  food being served in America’s school cafeterias each day.  Her upcoming book, Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health, empowers parents to make a change. Looking at the facts below – it’s time to get reading and start the war!

  • By their own assessment, our government determined that American schools are flunking lunch: A 2007 School Nutrition Dietary Assessment concluded that the vast majority of schools in America exceed USDA guidelines for the quantities of saturated fat, total fat and sodium in school lunches.
  • The surplus beef and poultry that the USDA offers as free commodity items to our school systems are held to a lower standard than fast-food chains like McDonald’s.  In the past decade, the USDA paid $145 million for pet-food grade “spent-hen meat” that went into the school meals program.
  • The average dollar amount spent per school lunch nationwide is a mere $1, 25 cents of which is spent on milk. Factor in the minimum number of calories that school lunches need to provide our children with that remaining 75 cents, and it’s easy to see why many cafeterias wind up offering cheap, high-calorie foods like Pop Tarts, chocolate milk and pizza.
  • Even free water is not a given in many school lunch rooms across the country: As bottled water brings in revenue for schools—not to mention the food management companies that supply them with goods to sell in cafeterias—many schools’ water fountains have fallen into disrepair.
  • The kids who DON’T buy lunch at school are healthier—and they perform better academically: A 2008 study found that children who bought lunch at school were at an increased risk for being overweight. The study also found that students with a higher consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fruits and vegetables performed better on a standardized literacy assessment, independent of socioeconomic factors. (Science Daily, Mar. 22, 2008).

Ready to join the school food revolution? Pre-order the book now…
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