The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging middle schoolers to join “School Lunch Advisory Councils” where they learn to “nudge” their peers into eating healthy to comply with First Lady Michelle Obama’s lunch rules.
The agency featured a blog post Thursday by nutrition officials in Montana about how schools are using behavioral economics to create “Smarter Lunchrooms.” One example is putting up posters of basketball coaches to get kids to eat apples.
The National Institutes of Health is in the process of having two “bicycle shelters” made for its headquarters, but will not say how much the purchase will cost taxpayers.
The Obama administration is planning to spend $4.6 million next year on health promotion and “emotional wellness” for refugees, as President Barack Obama is planning a 30 percent increase in the number of refugees admitted into the country.
The National Science Foundation is spending roughly a half of a million dollars to combat “online trolling.”
More than 30 organizations representing millions of taxpayers have come together to write a letter to Congress, urging them to oppose wasteful government spending in a lame-duck session at the end of this year.
The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly $1 million on a study of lesbian couples to see if stress makes them drink too much.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending nearly $1 million to teach refugees how to farm.
Outstanding federal debt is projected to hit $28.2 trillion over the next decade, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office.
The Forest Service paid over $12,000 for customized “LGBT safe space” training for its staff, according to government contracts.
The National Endowment for the Humanities is spending over $50,000 to publish a book about the relationships between humans and trees.