Ore. district to improve summer lunch bus | Ind. district adopts online meal-pay option | Food scraps get second life through composting program
February 19, 2018
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Ore. district to improve summer lunch bus
Ore. district to improve summer lunch bus
School leaders in an Oregon district are planning upgrades to its current summer lunch bus. Improvements include adding a side-serving window like what a food truck would have and incorporating educational activities into mealtimes.
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Wash.) (2/18) 
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Tyson K-12 Announces Transition to Clean Label For SY18/19
We are transitioning all our delicious K-12 commodity chicken products to No Artificial Ingredients and USDA Process Verified claim of Chicken Raised With No Antibiotics Ever for SY18/19. Click here to learn more about Clean Label.
School Update
Ind. district adopts online meal-pay option
Students and parents in an Indiana school district are expected to be able to access their meal accounts online by the end of the school year. Tom Lentes, director of food services, says the online option will support communications with parents and stakeholders.
The Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Ind.) (2/18) 
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Nutrition & Wellness
Nutrition experts list favorite go-to snacks at work
Dietitians and nutritionists say their favorite snacks at work include yogurt, almonds, tuna, fruit and cheese, and soup. Registered dietitian Angel Planells says a can of tuna in oil and five to seven low-sodium crackers are a great blend of carbohydrates, protein and fat.
CNN (2/16) 
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Trends & Research
Researchers link VR, health risks
Researchers link VR, health risks
Virtual-reality tools could be affecting students' health, according to an ongoing study by Children and Virtual Reality. Researchers discovered some risks to students' health, including issues related to students' vision and balance.
EdSurge (2/16) 
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Policy Watch
DeVos reveals plan to restructure Education Dept.
DeVos reveals plan to restructure Education Dept.
DeVos (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has released a plan for reorganizing the Department of Education. The plan includes the consolidation of the offices of postsecondary and career and technical education and the elimination of the undersecretary position.
Inside Higher Ed (2/19),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (2/16) 
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Md. bill would mandate 90 minutes of P.E. per week in schools
A former professional football player turned Maryland lawmaker is sponsoring a bill in the state Legislature that would require 90 minutes of physical education per week in public schools. The Student Health and Fitness Act, which also would give elementary students an added hour of recess per week, is not supported by Montgomery County Public Schools, which requires between 30 and 60 minutes of physical education a week.
WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (2/16) 
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SNA News
#LAC18 Pre-con: Take the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) credentialing prep course
Now is the time to start your journey to prepare for the SNS Exam with SNA's new pilot School Nutrition Specialist Credentialing Preparation Course. Join us for the second offering of this interactive course, taught by subject matter experts, on Saturday, March 3, at SNA's Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Based on the SNS Exam Study Guide (included in the course fee), you'll review lessons in Financial Management, Procurement, Nutrition, Menu Planning and Production, acquire test-taking strategies, review the most challenging types of question structure and discover helpful resource materials. Learn more and register.
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