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1. SNA calls for greater flexibility in preparing school meals

SNA SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Lawmakers in Congress on Wednesday debated the future of school lunches and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. School Nutrition Association President Julia Bauscher was among those who testified before a House of Representatives panel. She called for more flexibility in school meal standards and a 35-cent increase in per-meal reimbursements from the federal government. Agri-Pulse.com (04/15)


2. Minn. high school's smoothies improve breakfast participation

SNA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

A Minnesota high school is encouraging more students to have breakfast by opening a smoothie station. Officials say that early reviews have been positive from students, who now have the option of a 12-ounce smoothie made with milk, fresh fruits or vegetables and yogurt. Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (tiered subscription model), The (04/15)


3. Texas high school installs food cart for breakfast

SNA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

A Texas high school is working to increase breakfast participation by installing a food cart. Officials said the cart provides a grab-and-go option for students who otherwise may not have time to eat breakfast. KSAT-TV (San Antonio) (04/15)


4. Ore. to make reduced-price lunches free to students

SNA SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Legislation signed into Oregon law by Gov. Kate Brown will allow students who qualify for reduced-priced school meals to receive them at no cost. Officials say they expect meal participation to rise by nearly 10% when the state starts covering the price of the meals. Oregonian (Portland), The (04/13)


5. Will whole-grain waiver help N.C. district boost meal participation?

SNA SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

A North Carolina school district recently received a waiver to serve 50% whole-grain-rich items instead of unpopular 100% items. The district reported a 5% decline since the implementation of strict federal standards. A sticking point was the buttermilk biscuit, with many students rejecting its whole-grain version. Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (04/15)


6. Dietitian launches nutrition program in Fla. elementary school

SNA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Registered dietitian Pamela McMahon started the "Kids in the Kitchen" program at Stephen Foster Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla., to teach students from low-income families about nutrition and introduce them to healthier foods. McMahon said the pilot project joins other Alachua County initiatives, such as school gardens and buying organic produce from local growers, to make sure students have healthy meals. WUFT-FM (Gainesville, Fla.) (04/16)


7. Nutrient-dense foods are important to healthy diet, dietitian says

SNA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Diets that include nutrient-dense foods let people eat more but consume fewer calories, writes registered dietitian Anna Jones. The term means the food contains a lot of nutrients per calorie and has not been diluted with added fat and sugar. Jones points out that overall the four nutrients often lacking in a diet are potassium, fiber, calcium and vitamin D. Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (04/15)


8. Ohio school's in-class breakfasts boost attendance, fill stomachs

SNA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

A Cincinnati elementary school is using a grant from the Fuel Up to Play 60 program to provide free in-class breakfasts for all students. Officials say the program has improved attendance and concerns about crumbs in the classroom has been addressed with place mats and dedicated bins for breakfast trash. WLWT-TV (Cincinnati) (04/14)


9. Retired Army officer: Student obesity threatens national security

SNA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Obesity in students is a national security issue, retired Army Lieutenant General Samuel Ebbesen writes. In this blog post, he shares why healthy school meals and student health are critical to national security and why it is everyone's responsibility to ensure students grow up healthy to serve and protect the country. Reuters (04/15)


10. Oatmeal is an underutilized, heart-healthy whole grain

SNA SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Oatmeal is an inexpensive but underutilized heart-healthy whole grain that is high in fiber. Its slow-digesting carbohydrates provide energy, said naturopathic physician Matthew Brennecke. Registered dietitian Rene Ficek said the soluble fiber in oatmeal helps people feel fuller longer, which reduces hunger and can help with weight loss. MedicalDaily.com (04/09)




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