Whole milk just got expelled from school. White bread is up for suspension.
On Wednesday, the healthy school lunch movement earned a $3.2 billion dollar raise, and with it a new set of mandates for cafeterias nationwide. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a federally funded, five-year plan to improve cafeteria food and reduce childhood obesity.
Take a look at school lunches around the world.
The new guidelines, impacting about 32 American million kids, will guarantee more fruits, veggies and whole grains on the lunch table. Full-fat milk is off the menu, meaning kids will choose from low-fat or fat-free. Schools are also responsible for proper portion sizes. And those outsourced vending machines on school property stuffed with potato chips and candy bars? Those will be getting a revamp with healthier options too.
Over the next three years, schools across the country -from Kindergarten through twelfth grade- will be required to implement these changes.
What's really a
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 25, 2012 1:45 PM EST
Whole milk just got expelled from school. White bread is up for suspension.Read More »from USDA Bans Whole Milk in Schools. Rolls Out Major School Lunch Reforms.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Jan 24, 2012 3:49 PM EST
"I Throw Myself on Men." That's not an admission, it's the brainchild of Lilly McElroy, an artist who spent the last two years hurling her body at strangers of the opposite sex. Now the photographic evidence is on display in galleries around the country and around the web. So maybe it's not such a bad thing after all (ahem, mom).Read More »from Woman Gets Famous by Throwing Herself at Men. Literally.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Jan 24, 2012 12:51 PM EST
note: buttons, not a zipperRead More »from Bachelor Recap: Week 4 is when They Run Out of Money
Let's jump right in, shall we? Chris Harrison likes a popped collar.
He also likes reminding folks that Ben has needs. He suggests the women use their one on one time with the Bachelor "wisely." What does that mean? "Don't sit around and talk about the weather." Some of the women catch his pimp drift. She gets it.
For those that don't there's this date card: "Let nature take its course." That's sensitive guy-speak for "there's a thing called blue balls."
There is also a thing called helicopter envy. You know when you like a guy and he whisks away one of your ten roommates on a giant dragon fly and you just have to sit there and watch?
DATE 1: Rachel
No need to subtitle, guys. We got it.
Boring subtitled helicopter conversation is how reality shows make you feel like you're watching a french film.
Conversation doesn't get much deeper as the date goes on. Guess who talks about the weather?
Then the producers pull Ben aside in order to have him explain why this season is so remarkably low-budget compared to seasons past. "These
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Tue, Jan 24, 2012 10:37 AM EST
Score! McCarthy earns herself an Oscar nom.Read More »from Oscar Nominations Are Out. Let's Hear it for the Ladies
When was the last time a woman was nominated for an Oscar for farting and doing weird things with a sandwich? Bridesmaid's Melissa McMcarthy has definitely made history for her game-changing breakout role. She joins The Artist's Berenice Bejo, The Help's Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer and Albert Nobb's Janet McTeer in the best supporting actor category.
The nominations, announced early Tuesday morning, also included some regulars at the party. Meryl Streep earned her 17th Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher. Glenn Close and Michelle Williams also landed on the best actress list. The Help's Viola Davis and Dragon Tattoo's Rooney Mara rounded out the category.
It's a man's world behind the camera, at least as the Oscar voters see it. Bridesmaid's Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo earned a nod for best original screenplay. Bridget O'Connor is on the adapted screenplay bill for Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, but that's it for the ladies in terms of writing or directing
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Jan 23, 2012 5:21 PM EST
Smart, now engaged, has learned to balance sharing with the public and maintaining her privacy. Ten years ago, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart banded Americans across the country together in the search for the then-missing 14-year-old. Now 24, Smart's just announced her engagement and the reaction across the world has been nothing short of parental.Read More »from Who is Elizabeth Smart's Future Husband? Public Digs for Clues
First surprise, then excitement, and finally curiosity. Those who've watched her grow up in the wake of unimaginable torture, eventually becoming a triumphant victim's advocate, want to know just who her future husband is.
Smart hoped to keep him a secret, but Internet investigators dug him up through the couple's registry and by early this week, major news outlets were identifying him as Matthew Gilmour, a 21-year-old from Scotland.
The couple reportedly met in France, where Smart was serving a mission for the LDS church. Gilmour shares her Mormon faith and her connection to music. The son of two music teachers, his late father once played in a brass band. Smart is a harp major at Brigham Young University.
The couple plans to
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Jan 23, 2012 3:20 PM EST
British surgeons are calling for a ban on all cosmetic surgery ads. After the nationwide recall of a low-grade silicone implant, the country's leading experts in the field of plastic surgery are worried consumers are getting the wrong message that cosmetic upgrades are easy and risk-free. They want firmer regulation from media watchdogs, even if that means an all-out blackout of surgical ads.
Aggressive marketing tactics that play on consumer insecurities aren't exclusive to the UK. Whether your combing the Internet or driving down a freeway, you're bound to see an ad for your friendly local plastic surgeon promising a better life.
"Good looking people have more fun, make more money and have more good looking friends," asserts California surgeon Dr. Timothy Kelly in a Miami Vice-inspired commercial for his services.
Kelly's commercial verges on parody, but as more surgeons sink big dollars into ad campaigns, the message is spreading. It's also getting slicker. With so many signs Read More »from Should Plastic Surgery Ads Be Banned? UK Doctors Raise Good Question
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Jan 20, 2012 5:34 PM EST
There's Mark in 'The Fighter' doing that thing my friend likes. But it's not the same anymore.Whenever I think of Mark Wahlberg, I think of my best friend who surprised me once by admitting she's hot for him. I'd never pegged her for a Wahlberg type, or even a type to have a celebrity crush, but she made a good case for her attraction: he's got a great build that's not too boyish, he can do comedy as well as drama which suggests he's smart, he's fairly stable compared to most actors and he's got this sexy way of looking at an actress's lips when she talks.Read More »from Mark Wahlberg’s Dumb 9/11 Comments: What Does it Take to Lose Your Crush on a Celebrity?
Clearly, her crush was the real deal. And I supported it.
Then Mark goes ahead and makes a deeply uninformed, slightly insane statement about the 9/11 attacks while promoting his latest movie and ruins everything. If you haven't seen it already here's the quote: "'If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn't have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first class cabin and then me saying "OK, we're going to land somewhere safely, don't worry".'
Obviously something is wrong with the way his
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Jan 20, 2012 1:03 PM EST
Beck Laxton, 46, and partner Kieran Cooper, 44, have spent half the decade concealing the gender of their son, Sasha.It's a boy! And he's five. Read More »from Couple Finally Reveals Child's Gender, Five Years After Birth
"I wanted to avoid all that stereotyping," Laxton said in an interview with the Cambridge News. "Stereotypes seem fundamentally stupid. Why would you want to slot people into boxes?"
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Laxton, a UK-based web editor, and her partner, Cooper, decided to keep Sasha's sex a secret when he was still in the womb. The birth announcement stated the gender-neutral name of their child, but skipped the big reveal. Up until recently, the couple only told a few close friends and family members that Sasha was a boy and managed to keep the rest of the world in the dark. But now that he's starting school the secret's out.
For years, Becks has been referring to her child, the youngest of three, as "the infant" on her personal blog. But guarding the public from her son's gender was only part
largest item of clothing ever made from spider silk. This gold cape was a four-year project involving more than one million spiders. And not just any spiders. These guys are a rare species from Madagascar with golden filaments that produce the blindingly saffron product you see here.Read More »from Why is PETA Upset Over This Gold Cape?
This fashion statement is currently on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Actually, spider silk is a hot commodity in the art world right now. Last year, another, slightly less ambitious spider silk garment -- an 11-foot scarf -- was exhibited in museums from New York to London.
Part of the fascination with the process comes from the craftsmanship. The scarf alone required a commitment from 70 people with the ability to work on machinery not really employed since the 19th century in France. But Madagascar spider silk also has some otherworldly properties. For instance, it's virtually weightless so it doesn't feel like anything. It's as close as you'll get to an You're looking at the
A Colorado mom who was struck by lightning- yes lightning-during her first trimester gave birth to a healthy baby girl this week. At three months pregnant, Stephanie Alberti was at a stock car race when she was knocked over and temporarily paralyzed by a freak bolt that hit her straight on. The next six months were spent worrying about how it will affect her unborn child. But after a difficult delivery- the child's umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck-Alberti gave birth to a health 6.5 pound baby girl.
Was this a first for modern medicine? I assumed so until I did a little digging.
In fact, lightning strikes and pregnancies go way back. The earliest occurrence on record is 1883. At least 12 cases have since been recorded. According to pregnancy medical journals, the survival rate for moms is 100 percent, while the survival rate for the fetus is about 50 percent. (That's the opposite of the odds in the movie "Powder" by the way.)
A similar case to Alberti's occurred in 1963