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1. Fla. district to serve universal, free lunches in 77 schools

SNA SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

A Florida district this fall will serve free lunches to students at 77 schools, all paid for by the federal government's Community Eligibility Provision. Officials say the program will help increase access to meals -- particularly for students from low-income families -- for more than 50,000 students. WBBH-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.) (05/27)


2. Mich. students have positive reaction to diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids

SNA SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Students who ate a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon, flax seed and walnuts, during an eight-week in-school program were calmer and more focused. The program, overseen by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also resulted in fewer suspensions at the alternative school. The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph, Mich.) (05/25)


3. Idaho district considers dropping federal school-meal program

SNA SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

An Idaho school district may abandon the federal school-meal program in favor of its own program. District officials said they explored the option because of requirements to increase meal prices. KIDK-TV (Idaho Falls-Pocatello, Idaho) (05/26)


4. In-class breakfast is growing more popular in Mont. schools

SNA SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

More schools in Montana are serving free breakfast in the classroom to expand students' access to morning meals. One school's principal reports that students are performing better and have fewer disciplinary problems. Flathead Beacon (Kalispell, Mont.) (05/26)


5. In-class breakfast program has bumpy rollout in L.A. district

SNA SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

The Los Angeles Unified School District has encountered some challenges in the rollout of a breakfast-in-the-classroom program. Advocates say in-class breakfasts have boosted participation, but the program has met resistance from the teachers union because of sanitation issues, while a school board member has suggested "bag and go" options for middle and high schools. Los Angeles Daily News (05/24)


6. Register for Wednesday's professional standards webinar

SNA SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Learn about hot topics in school nutrition and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with SNA's popular professional development webinars. Join us on Wednesday, May 27, at 2 p.m. (EDT) for How SNA's Professional Development Programs Can Help You Meet Professional Standards. Participation in the webinars is worth one SNA CEU towards professional standards. For a full listing of upcoming SNA webinars and an archive of previous SNA webinar recordings and presentations, please visit www.schoolnutrition.org/Webinars.


7. Wash. students learn to cook in after-school club

SNA SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Students in Washington state are participating in a six-week, after-school cooking program in which they prepare healthy dishes and are exposed to unfamiliar foods. Lead by the school's chief cook, Linda Langsett, the program aims to curb childhood obesity and teach students to make healthier versions of kid-friendly recipes, including muffins and smoothies. The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (05/28)


8. Wash. district could open school focused on fitness, nutrition

SNA SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

A Washington state school district is considering opening a secondary school focused on physical fitness, nutrition and health. The goal, one educator said, is to develop lifelong fitness habits among students. Plans also call for a high school that would focus on industrial design, engineering and art. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (05/23)


9. Kan. district to use 44 sites to serve summer meals

SNA SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

The Wichita, Kan., school district is preparing to launch its summer foodservice program, known as Kid Power Cafe, in 44 school cafeterias and other locations. Statewide, officials say they expect meals will be served at more than 450 sites, almost 100 more than last summer. The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (05/25)


10. Replace meat with healthy protein options, dietitian says

SNA SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Cutting back on meat is only part of a diet plan because deciding what foods replace it on the menu is at least equally important, registered dietitian Ellie Krieger writes. Depending on dairy to replace meat protein can cut important nutrients and add too much unhealthy fat, but adding plant proteins, seafood and eggs can be good options, Krieger writes. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (05/26)




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