District expands biometrics in cafeterias | Students build garden to sharpen math skills | Career-minded students open "pop up" restaurant
April 27, 2017
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District expands biometrics in cafeterias
School nutrition professionals in a California district have introduced biometrics to the school cafeteria. The fingerprint scanners are in place on 19 campuses and soon will expand to 22.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (4/26) 
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Students build garden to sharpen math skills
A class of Washington elementary-school students has worked for the past two years to design, build and maintain a garden, sharpening their math, art, technology and science skills. Students expect their first harvest this fall.
Anacortes American (Wash.) (4/26) 
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Career-minded students open "pop up" restaurant
Career-minded students open "pop up" restaurant
Students at the Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School in Baltimore recently opened a "pop up" restaurant called Noisy Burger. Students, who designed the menu, logo and recipes, say the restaurant -- open through May 2 -- offered an opportunity to learn more about careers in the restaurant business.
The Baltimore Sun (4/26) 
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From cafeteria to classroom the Flex Station allows you to be in more places and reach more kids to meet participation goals. This customizable mobile unit makes great portable Grab-N-Go stations in convenient locations. Find out how to get free pans when you purchase any Flex Station.
Nutrition & Wellness
Nutrition experts raise concerns about energy drinks
Nutrition experts say energy drinks may contain a potentially dangerous mix of caffeine, sugars, vitamins and other stimulants in concentrations higher than seen naturally in foods and plants. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children should not consume energy drinks, and registered dietitian Katherine Zeratsky says healthy adults should limit themselves to one per day.
CNN (4/26) 
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Trends & Research
Eating a low-fat diet may backfire, study suggests
Research published in the journal Physiology & Behavior found rodents fed foods low in fat but high in sugar added body fat, compared with those that ate a more balanced diet. The study found the low-fat diet increased the rodents' fat-producing efficiency so they needed less than half the calories normally used to produce the same amount of body fat.
U.S. News & World Report (4/26) 
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Policy Watch
Trump orders report on federal role in education
Trump orders report on federal role in education
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has 300 days to submit a report on the federal government's role in education policy. The directive comes under an executive order signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/26),  CNN (4/26),  NBC News (4/26),  Reuters (4/26) 
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Check in early at #ANC17 and check off CEU training hours
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