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Series Website: shiftingthebalance.nhpr.orgShifting the Balance is a station-wide series focused on the positive impact environmental and policy changes can have on the fight against obesity in schools, workplaces, and communities. While so much of the national conversation about obesity focuses on the effect of personal choice, NHPR’s reporters and producers are examining what happens when the choices themselves are changed. Shifting the Balance will present stories of how personal habits, including exercise and consumption, can be improved when even simple changes are made to an individual’s environment, including infrastructure, available food, and the support of leaders and innovators across the culture.

Beating the Lunchbox Blues

Back-to-school season means new notebooks, pencils, and pens, and for at least one very lucky kid – a brand-spanking new lunchbox.  J.M. Hirsch is food editor for the Associated Press – he’s also the man behind the Lunchbox Blues Blog, where he documents each and every meal he packs for his son, Parker.  It’s filled with beautiful photographs of creative, healthy, sometimes odd lunches, and adorable anecdotes about the life of a growing boy.  We wanted to know what’s going into Parker’s lunchbox these days, and what food trends are playing a part in the larger conversation around cuisine, so we asked J.M. to play hooky for an hour and share his lunchbox with us.

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