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1. Legislation seeks to expand milk options, availability in schools

SNA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Federal legislation has been introduced to ensure students have more milk options in school and that the beverage is provided at every meal under school nutrition regulations. Under the bill from Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Joe Courtney, D-Conn., low-fat flavored milk with up to 150 calories per 8-ounce serving would be allowed under federal regulations along with low-fat plain milk, fat-free plain milk and fat-free flavored milk. International Business Times (05/20)


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. Professional standards: Updates and resources from SNA

SNA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

The final USDA Professional Standards rule for foodservice directors, managers, school nutrition staff and state agency directors is effective July 1. On May 7, USDA published technical corrections to the final rule. To help with implementation of the new standards, SNA has created several useful resources that have been updated, available on our dedicated USDA Professional Standards webpage. Learn more.


4. 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)


5. 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)


6. N.H. district works to boost breakfast participation

SNA SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Breakfast participation is 30% higher at one school than other district elementary schools since an in-class breakfast program was launched -- with participation up 20% among students from low-income families, said Tom Tanner, director of dining services for the Rochester school district in New Hampshire. In this Q&A, he shares his district's efforts to boost meal participation as well as free summer meal programs. New Hampshire Public Radio (05/19)


7. Calif. high school pilots weekly halal meals for Muslim students

SNA SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

A California high school is offering halal meals once a week to encourage more Muslim students to eat school meals. The pilot program has been popular with Muslim and non-Muslim students who had not been eating school meals. KPBS-TV/KPBS-FM (San Diego) (05/20)


8. 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)


9. Student health initiative brings new water station to school

SNA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

Students and staff at a high school in National City, Calif., are filling water bottles at a new water station. Students worked with the University of California at San Diego's Center for Community Health on how to make healthier choices and chose a hydration system as their project because many campus water fountains did not work or were unsightly. The San Diego Union-Tribune (05/20)


10. Compostable plates replace foam trays in several large districts

SNA SmartBrief | May 21, 2015

The Dallas Morning News (free content) (05/20)




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