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Chronic absenteeism rates fell 8 percentage points among schools in Nevada and Colorado that adopted the ‘Breakfast after the Bell’ program. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Breakfast After the Bell programs reduce school absenteeism

Chronic absenteeism is a pressing issue in high-poverty schools, but research suggests that serving students breakfast during class can help keep kids in school.
Moms and dads have better physical and mental health when they dine with their children – despite all the work of a family meal. Thomas Barwick/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Family meals are good for the grown-ups, too, not just the kids

All that planning, shopping, prepping, serving and cleaning can pay off with better physical and mental health for all members of the family.
For people with conditions such as celiac disease, avoiding gluten is crucial to health. However, sticking to a gluten-free diet is expensive, socially challenging and linked to nutritional inadequacies. (Shutterstock)

Gluten-free diet is expensive, socially challenging for those with celiac disease and wheat allergy

People with conditions such as celiac disease must follow a gluten-free diet to manage symptoms and health. But avoiding gluten is difficult, costly and linked to nutrition issues and quality of life.
Lent is a period of fasting and reflection for many Chistians. Pascal Deloche/Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

What are the origins of Lent?

The 40-day Lenten season, when many Christians observe fasting, began in mid-February. A scholar explains how the practice may have emerged around the fifth century.
One study found that 95% of baby foods tested contained at least one heavy metal. Plume Creative via Getty Images

How safe is your baby food?

Reports from baby food companies show questionable levels of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. Here's what parents need to know.
Volunteers prepare boxes at the Greater Boston Food Bank on Oct. 1, 2020. Iaritza Menjivar, The Washington Post via Getty Images

Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans

Food production in the US is heavily concentrated in the hands of a small number of large agribusiness companies. That's been good for shareholders, but not for consumers.

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