Texas students have fun with farm-fresh food | USDA recognizes Ga. schools' best practices | W.Va. district serves free, hot meals over summer
June 20, 2018
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Texas students have fun with farm-fresh food
Texas students have fun with farm-fresh food
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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.
Copperas Cove Leader-Press (Texas) (6/19) 
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Fish on Deck Sliders
High Liner Foodservice Whole Grain Potato Crunch Pollock Sticks are the centerpiece of these sliders. Topped with American cheese and cole slaw, they're a great way to serve a new take on a kid favorite. Get the recipe and info on how High Liner Foods can be your single source for a world of succulent seafood options. Go fish.
School Update
USDA recognizes Ga. schools' best practices
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.
The Brunswick News (Ga.) (6/19) 
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Other News
Enter to Win a $3,000 Delivery Makeover
K-12 foodservice operators! Here is your chance to win equipment you need to amp up your delivery! Visit Cambro at booth #807 at ANC in Las Vegas or enter to win online
Nutrition & Wellness
US ban on artificial trans fats goes into effect
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.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/18) 
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NEW Condiment Dispensers With FREE Pump In Every Case
The high quality, great tasting, enhanced Red Gold® Ketchup & BBQ Sauce are now available in easy, cost-effective, convenient jug pumps! Try our Naturally Balanced Ketchup and BBQ Sauce formulas, made with real sugar and up to 70% less sodium. Commodity discounts available for four products plus Cool School CafĂ© Points! Visit our ANC booth, #1353, or click for more info.
Trends & Research
Study: Children may benefit from social media
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.
National Public Radio (6/19) 
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Helicopter parenting may harm children
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.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (6/19) 
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Policy Watch
Do ESSA plans serve vulnerable students?
Do ESSA plans serve vulnerable students?
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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.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (6/19) 
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SNA News
JCN&M: The secret to getting kids to eat fruits and veggies
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.
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