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1. Flexibility for school meals could make healthy eating easier

SNA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Federal regulations for school meals have driven up costs and driven away students, despite schools' efforts to engage students in taste testing and with nutrition education, asserts Siri Perlman, a registered dietitian and nutrition specialist supervisor in California. "School nutrition professionals work every day to provide healthy choices that your children want to eat. Providing flexibility to the school food rules can make our efforts more effective for your kids," she writes. The San Diego Union-Tribune (06/25)


2. Greek yogurt program to launch in schools this fall

SNA SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has tapped Chobani to lead its Greek yogurt program -- launching in the fall -- following the company's successful involvement in a yearlong pilot program at schools in 12 states. The high-protein Greek yogurt will be allowed as a meat substitute under the federal school lunch program. ABC News (06/29)


3. Calif. schools grow free summer meal program

SNA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Several California school districts are offering free meals to all youths ages 18 and younger this summer. The Summer Food Service Program, which has grown in popularity, is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While the meals are intended to help curb summer hunger, officials stress it is a program for all students -- not only those who are from low-income families. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (06/27)


4. Fla. district to offer in-class breakfast

SNA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

A Florida school district is launching an in-class breakfast program this year. Students in first through fifth grade will receive breakfast bags in the classroom, while older students will have grab-and-go options. WCTV-TV (Tallahassee, Fla.) (06/30)


5. USDA could adopt healthier guidelines for after-school, day-care programs

SNA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing new nutrition guidelines for child and adult day-care providers. The provisions, which also would affect some after-school programs, include requiring more vegetables and reducing sugar. ABC News (06/27)


6. Dietitian recommends 9 steps to a healthy diet

SNA SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Changing one unhealthful eating habit each week for nine weeks and walking every day can go a long way toward improving health, registered dietitian Stephanie Skonos writes. Her suggestions for phasing in a healthy diet include eating only two palm-sized servings of meat each day, drinking lower-fat milk, avoiding processed foods and eating fruit instead of drinking juice. Jackson Citizen Patriot (Mich.) (06/26)


7. Why many Texas districts are not going back to deep frying

SNA SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Eight of Texas' largest school districts say they do not plan to serve fried foods or soda despite a recent statewide policy change allowing them to do so. "Despite the reversal, we believe the healthy changes that have been made to our school menus remain in the best interest of our students," said Melissa Martinez, a spokeswoman for El Paso's school district. "It also would be cost prohibitive to retrofit all of our kitchens with deep fryers." TexasTribune.org (Austin) (07/01)


8. Make time for summer fun at ANC 2015

SNA SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Salt Lake City is located in the heart of the American West and is the beautiful backdrop for SNA's Annual National Conference (ANC) next month. Utah's capital city rests in a valley and is surrounded by the majestic Wasatch Mountains that soar to a dramatic 11,000 feet. Whether you're traveling from near or far, ANC is the perfect excuse to make time for summer fun -- you can even bring the family along! Learn more about the top Salt Lake City destinations that you don't want to miss!


9. Food bans can backfire, research shows

SNA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

The FDA is phasing in a ban on trans fats in food to improve public health, but some food bans have had the opposite of their intended effects. A ban on new fast-food restaurants in south Los Angeles actually led to increased obesity rates, while a ban on bottled water at the University of Vermont, intended to reduce plastic bottle waste, led to more bottle use and an increase in consumption of sugary drinks. "The government should try to improve the U.S. food supply whenever possible, but bans may not be the best approach," registered dietitian Julie Upton writes. U.S. News & World Report (06/30)


10. Ariz. conference focuses on health, fitness for Native American children

SNA SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

The free Native Strong Health and Wellness Conference in Arizona, run by Native Americans for Community Action, is teaching children healthy lifestyle habits to help combat childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in the Native American community. Attendees play games, run and learn cooking skills. The Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff) (07/02)




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