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October 20, 2017
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Guam expands access to school cafeterias
The Guam Education Board has set prices for a program to allow school faculty and staff, the public and exchange students to eat at school cafeterias. All students at 36 of 41 public schools on Guam get free meals, and schools will monitor demand to ensure there is sufficient food for students.
The Pacific Daily News (Guam) (10/19) 
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School Update
Mobile pantry serves 30 schools
Thirty schools in a California district are served by a mobile school pantry that provides free fruits and vegetables. The food is delivered as a part of a monthly open-air farmers market.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/19) 
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Schools’ Most-Loved Potato Recipes
Schools across the country are doing amazing things with potatoes. Take this operator-tested and student-approved Chicken Philly Mashed Potato Bowl, for example! With multiple varieties and forms available year round, it's easy to keep meals interesting with potatoes. Dig into more school foodservice operator-created potato recipes at PotatoesRaiseTheBar.com.
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Nutrition & Wellness
Food box program gets children interested in healthy eating
A program that provided weekly boxes of fresh produce and healthy foods to low-income families with children at risk of diabetes found that children developed a greater interest in eating fresh, local and unfamiliar foods. The program, part of the Food as Medicine initiative in Alameda County, Calif., also improved the health of some parents.
East Bay Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (10/19) 
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How much water to drink varies by individual, RD says
Registered dietitian Leslie Belfanti says consuming enough water is not as simple as following the long-held rule of eight 8-ounce glasses per day because people have different water needs depending on climate, activity levels and health. While research suggests using thirst as a way to determine the need for drinking more water, Belfanti says that may not work for older people who tend to lose their ability to recognize thirst.
Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Trends & Research
Study focuses on socioeconomic links to kids' screen time
In a survey of children age 8 and younger, those from lower-income families spent more than three hours per day watching TV and using electronic devices, while those from higher-income homes spent less than two hours per day on those activities, according to a report from Common Sense Media. The survey looked at the habits of over 1,400 children across the country.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (10/19) 
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Gates Foundation boosts education innovation
Gates Foundation boosts education innovation
Bill and Melinda Gates (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest $1.7 billion in partnering with networks of schools. The initiative, announced Thursday, will invest in schools that are developing and testing new approaches to teaching and learning.
U.S. News & World Report (10/19),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/19) 
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New SNA survey finds more choices and bold flavors on school menus
SNA's 2017 School Nutrition Trends Report reveals school nutrition professionals have enhanced menus with more international flavors, made-to-order entrees and cleaner label options. The survey highlights ways schools promote healthier choices and mirror restaurant trends to boost school meal participation. Responding districts also report utilizing a wide range of tactics to meet sodium and whole grain regulations, but a majority still report challenges with these rules.
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