Two Florida school nutrition professionals offer a preview of school menus. Penny Parham, director of food and nutrition in the Miami-Dade School District, shares some new items that will be served -- including an upgraded vegetarian patty and a cinnamon twist -- and in Broward County, students will be served chicken with no antibiotics.
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A $90,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente will provide all 17 Fresno, Calif., middle schools with a new hydrating system so students can fill their water bottles with filtered water during the day. Food Service Director Jose Alvarado said the system counts how often students fill their water bottles, which will help show how many plastic bottles are not going to the landfill.
Most people do not get enough eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, which are long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oils, said registered dietitian Christy Brissette. Research links consumption of these omega-3s with lower heart disease risks, and DHA is important in prenatal care for development of an infant's brain and eyes, Brissette said.
CDC researchers found that more than 85% of adolescents ages 12 to 17 and 81% of young adults ages 18 to 24 who wear contact lenses reported at least one habit that may increase their odds of developing eye infections. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that failure to visit an eye doctor once a year and failure to replace lenses as prescribed were among the most prevalent risky behaviors reported by both teens and young adults.
US food manufacturers are making progress complying with an FDA order to replace partially hydrogenated oils, a key source of artificial trans fat, with healthier oils by June 2018. Registered dietitian Keri Gans says just because food is made with a healthier type of oil does not mean it is a healthy choice, so the diet rules about eating French fries still apply.
Students in the School District of Philadelphia will have access to more than 20 new social workers when the school year begins. The $1.2 million initiative is intended to help educators meet students' behavioral needs.
SNA's Annual National Conference in Atlanta has ended, but it's certainly not forgotten. Were you among the more than 7,000 school nutrition professionals, industry partners and advocates in attendance? View photos of your favorite conference moments on SNA's Flickr page and take advantage of the many ANC 2017 PowerPoint presentations from this year's education sessions.