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Experts say school meals can be healthier for children

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Canberra [Australia], January 22 (ANI): Most parents think homemade food is the healthiest meal they can provide to their kids, and when it comes to packing lunch boxes for schools, the family’s tradition revolves around stuffing it up with fruits, sandwiches, and snacks. But, here is what one needs to know about the pros and cons of the same.
Researchers of Flinders University investigated the pros and cons of school-provided lunches and noted that uniform delivery of lunchtime food at school could be a solution to better childhood nutrition and learning.
Flinders Caring Futures Institute deputy director Professor Rebecca Golley said universal school-provided lunch models – a common practice in other countries such as the UK – would involve all children in the school being provided with the same nutritious diet, with less room for sweet, salty, and fatty ‘treats’ in the mix.
“A universal school-provided lunch model could help to ensure all children have access to food at school, reduce the stigma of children not having lunch or having different types of foods to their peers, and help to ensure children are provided with healthy lunch options,” Professor Golley said, after publishing the results of an Australian study.
“The meal would be prepared on-site and served to children in their classroom, school hall or schoolyard, compared with the current school food model in Australia where generally parents provide lunch to their child/ren, either as a lunchbox packed from home or purchased from a school canteen,” he added.
While there will need to be an initial investment to set up the necessary infrastructure and getting the right policies and guidelines in place, what is emerging from some workaround Australia is that this public health strategy can deliver in terms of learning, student engagement, and wellbeing, according to Golley.
The research team has separately completed a project describing the dietary intake of 5-12-year-old children during school hours. They found that 40 per cent of the energy kids consume at school comes from unhealthy food, with most children consuming no or very few serves of vegetables, protein-rich foods, or dairy during school hours.
Commonly consumed foods included biscuits, processed meat, packaged snacks, bread, and fruit. A separate study conducted recently in NSW found that over two-thirds of purchases made at school canteens are choices high in saturated fat, total sugars, and salt.
“Good nutrition during children’s school years supports their growth, learning, and development, with primary school-aged children consuming up to almost half of their daily energy intake during school hours,” said fellow Flinders researcher Brittany Johnson.
The 2020 study gathered feedback from the education, health and social services, non-government, food industry, and parents, considered several approaches, such as a ‘community restaurant’ where meals could be prepared and service different community groups, or off-site meals service by dedicated food preparation staff with meals delivered in bulk to school grounds.
Participants also considered the feasibility of a student/self-food preparation model involving students choosing and preparing their own lunch before school or in the classroom at a food creation station or mini supermarket.
The top-ranked option was the universal school-provided lunch model, where existing canteen facilities and infrastructure could be used to prepare meals on-site, and fees for parents subsidized based on their family income. Teachers could also eat the meals, and students could have the option to be involved in the cooking. (ANI)

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DID YOU KNOW THALAPATHY VIJAY IS A BIG TIGER SHROFF FAN?

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MUMBAI: Kollywood superstar Thalapathy Vijay, who celebrated his 47th birthday on 22 June, is a big Tiger Shroff fan. This was revealed a day before his birthday by when a few celebrities like Keerthy Suresh, Anirudh, and Malavika Mohanan gathered on Clubhouse to recall their fond memories with the superstar. During their chat, organised to celebrate Vijay’s birthday, Malavika revealed that Vijay is a big fan of Tiger. 

The ‘Master’ actress revealed, “We had gone to watch the film together as a crew. During the intro scene of Tiger, Vijay got visibly excited and cheered for him shouting, ‘Thalaiva!’ Not many people get to see this fun side of him. He later mentioned to her that he likes the young actor.” Tiger’s father Jackie Shroff has shared screen space with Vijay in 2019’s blockbuster ‘Bigil’. He played a baddie in the film. 

This is quite an interesting revelation about Vijay and we can’t wait to see him work with Tiger.

Meanwhile, Vijay will be seen in director Nelson Dilipkumar’s film titled ‘Beast’. Its first look and title were released recently. Keerthy Suresh, Dhanush and many other actors praised the first look of ‘Beast’ oozing style and swag. 

The film also stars Pooja Hegde, Yogi Babu, Shine Tom Chacko, VTV Ganesh, and Aparna Das. The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander and the film is backed by Sun Pictures. 

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‘FRIENDS’ STAR JAMES MICHAEL TYLER REVEALS CANCER FIGHT

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WASHINGTON: James Michael Tyler, who starred as Gunther on ‘Friends’, shared that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer and he can no longer walk because of it.

According to Variety, during an interview with a news outlet, Tyler, who played Jennifer Aniston’s coffee shop manager Gunther on ‘Friends’, shared that he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in September 2018 after a routine physical. Tyler said, “I was 56 years old at the time, and they screen for PSA, which is a prostate-specific antigen. That came back at an extraordinarily high number. So, I knew immediately when I went online and I saw the results of my blood test and blood work that there was obviously something quite wrong there.

He further, nearly immediately, my doctor called me and said, “Hey, I need you to come in tomorrow because I suspect that you may have quite a serious problem with your prostate.’”

Tyler was recently seen on the HBO Max special ‘Friends: The Reunion’. While several other characters from the show stopped by to say hello to the core cast in person, Tyler appeared via video conference.

Talking about his experience, he said, “I wanted to be a part of that, and initially I was going to be on the stage, at least, with them, and be able to take part in all the festivities. It was bittersweet, honestly. I was very happy to be included. It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom because I didn’t wanna bring a downer on it, you know? I didn’t want to be like, ‘Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer’.” The actor is undergoing chemotherapy and is urging men to get early screenings to battle it.

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PRIYANKA CELEBRATES NATIONAL SELFIE DAY

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Priyanka Chopra shared her selfie on social media on the occasion of National Selfie Day.  National Selfie Day is celebrated in America. 

Sharing her selfie post, Priyanka wrote in the caption, ‘The only right way to celebrate #NationalSelfieDay’.  Priyanka is seen wearing a white and blue colour top and teamed it up with sunglasses. She adjourned a cool yet elegant look with open hair and pink lipstick.

Priyanka has been in news related to Victoria’s Secret. Victoria’s Secret is all set to give opportunities to female athletes, activists, and entrepreneurs to promote women empowerment. Priyanka’s name was included in this list.

‘The White Tiger’ star was announced as one of the brand ambassadors of Victoria’s Secret. Sharing the news on social media Priyanka wrote, “Representation matters. It’s crucial for us to show everyone all over the world that they matter and are seen! As a founding partner of #TheVSCollective and advisor to the business, this is exactly what I intend to do. It’s been so incredible to see your reactions to yesterday’s announcement. It’s fuelled me further and I am excited to bring about meaningful change at one of the world’s most iconic brands. I’m so proud to be in the company of the Collective of incredible women that will helm this change.” 

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WHY KANGANA WANTS INDIA TO BE RENAMED BHARAT

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MUMBAI: Kangana Ranaut recently took to social media to share why India should be renamed Bharat and what this word means.

Kangana wants India’s name to be changed to ‘Bharat’ . The ‘Thalaivi’ star, who has never shied away from expressing her views on various issues, has shared her take on social media regarding the name ‘India’ and claimed that it was given to our nation by Britishers. Further, in her note, she has explained why it should be changed back to Bharat. Kangana is back in Mumbai and currently gearing up for the second schedule of ‘Dhaakad’. 

Taking to her Instagram stories, Kangana shared a screenshot of her post on the Koo app and wrote, “India can only rise if it’s rooted in its ancient spirituality and wisdom, that is the soul of our great civilisation. The world will look up to us and we will emerge as a world leader if we go higher in urban growth but not be a cheap copy of the western world and remain deeply rooted in Vedas, Geeta, and Yoga, can we please change this slave name India back to Bharat.” With this post, she shared photos of women during old times. 

Kangana shared another post explaining the meaning of Bharat and claimed that it is made up of three Sanskrit words,“British gave us slave name India which literally means east of Indus River. Really would you call a child small nose or second-born or worse C section? What kind of a name is this? So rudimentary. Let me tell you the meaning of Bharat. It’s made of three Sanskrit words BH (bhav), Ra (rag), ta (tal). Yes, that’s who we were before we were enslaved, the most culturally and aesthetically evolved civilisation. Every name has a vibration and the British knew this they not only gave new names to places but even to people and important monuments. We must regain our lost glory, let’s start with the name Bharat.”

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CHITRANGDA CELEBRATES YOGA DAY IN PICTURESQUE KASHMIR

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Actor Chitrangda Singh who is currently at Pahalgam in Jammu & Kashmir, shared a few pictures of hers doing yoga in the mountains. These pictures have a breath-taking view of the mountains in the background. June 21 is celebrated as ‘International Yoga Day’ every year. Several people have been posting their pictures and videos to celebrate this day.

What makes Chitrangda’s photos more adorable was the fact that she was interrupted by her dogs as she sat down in a yoga pose. On the work front, Chitrangda will soon be seen opposite Abhishek Bachchan in Red Chillies Entertainment, Sujoy Ghosh’s Production, crime-thriller Bob Biswas.

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SCHWARZENEGGER REVEALS HIS CHILDREN ‘HATED’ HIS MOVE FROM FILM TO POLITICS

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WASHINGTON: The Former Governor of California and Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger recently opened up about his family life behind the scenes of his governorship from 2003 to 2011.

Arnold said his four children weren’t happy with his transition from action movie star to the 38th governor of California. The Schwarzenegger family moved from Hollywood to Sacramento, where Arnold served for two terms.

“First of all, I think it is very important to let everyone know how much you kids hated my job. It was one of those kind of odd things where I just thought that: ‘Oh, my kids will be so proud of me being governor now. And all this stuff, but I don’t think that you guys really kind of connected with that. I think you were so used to what we were doing when I was on a movie set,” he said. 

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