School nutrition professionals in a Texas district are serving summer meals that include local produce and milk through the Farm Fresh Challenge. Students also engage in activities that include local fruits and vegetables, such as a recent watermelon-rolling contest.
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The US Department of Agriculture recently recognized 37 school districts in Georgia with "best practice" awards. The winners will be recognized at a Georgia School Nutrition Association event later this year.
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As of this week, artificial trans fats are no longer allowed in US foods, marking a major shift in the manufacturing of food products. Such partially hydrogenated oils used to be present in thousands of foods, but companies have been working to replace them for years, and food producers removed 98% of trans fats between 2015 and 2018, said GMA's Brian Kennedy.
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Social media use had positive outcomes for 9- and 10-year-olds who participated in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study. The study's results show that social media use led to increased physical activity, less family conflict and better sleep, compared with traditional TV or video-game screen time, which worsened sleep and family conflict.
Children who had controlling parents at age 2 were more likely to engage in bad behavior by age 5 and may have lower school productivity at age 10, according to a study from researchers at the University of Minnesota. The findings were based on data from 422 children in the US and Switzerland and "underscore the importance of educating often well-intentioned parents about supporting children's autonomy with handling emotional challenges," lead researcher Nicole Perry said.
Some states are not adhering to requirements for subgroups of students under their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, civil rights advocates say. At an event on Tuesday, the National Urban League, the Education Trust and UnidosUS released a set of principles aimed at ensuring vulnerable populations of students receive the resources they need to succeed.
Can a little sticker have the power to get a child to eat a serving of vegetables? It's a battle all generations of parents, guardians and school nutrition professionals face: How to get kids to eat more fruits and veggies. (And like doing so!) Inspired by the marketing strategies of kids' meals, two elementary schools participated in a study where small toys and stickers were used to incentivize the F/V portion of their meals. The full study, and additional studies, can be viewed in the latest edition of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.