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March 6, 2013
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  • SNA seeks relief from simultaneous changes to breakfast, lunch
    The School Nutrition Association is asking members of Congress to delay the implementation of new standards for school breakfasts because school nutrition professionals already are making changes to lunches. The School Nutrition Association also is seeking direction from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on how to address families who accrue meal debt -- sometimes requiring nutrition professionals to determine whether to provide a meal for students. Education Week/Rules for Engagement blog (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal legislation would give school nutrition professionals more leeway: School nutrition professionals are celebrating legislation in the Senate that would permanently enact more relaxed school-meal standards. The Sensible School Lunch Act would eliminate caps on servings of proteins and grains but continue limits on calories and the emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nonfat dairy. The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (free registration) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Keep Your Nutrition Program Moving Forward
Horizon continues to innovate with proven results of increased participation. Mobile meal payment apps, Healthy Vending for serving meals anywhere, dual finger biometrics to resolve palm reader re-registration, portable POS for breakfast in the classroom, SourceBoard digital signage with menu display & preloaded nutrition education. Learn more.
  School Update 
  • Healthy habits catch on among Conn. students
    An after-school program in nine cities nationwide, including Hartford, Conn., is promoting wellness and is aiming to curb childhood obesity, in part, by teaching students about nutrition. The Catch Health Habits program teaches students to identify "whoa," "slow" and "go" foods and encourages physical activity. (Connecticut) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Taste the New Standards: 11 New Poultry Products
New regulations for school meal patterns mean new challenges. Fortunately, for Tyson it means an opportunity to develop new products. Tyson Foods has made it easier for you to deliver nutritious, yummy products that meet and exceed government guidelines starting now with 11 new chopped and formed poultry products that are Kid Tested Kid Approved®!
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Food preparation affects nutrition value, experts say
    Overcooking vegetables, adding salt before tasting and not draining excess fat from ground beef are examples of how food preparation can reduce nutrient values or add fat and sodium, nutrition experts said. Cooking healthier includes grilling or baking instead of frying meats, steaming vegetables, using whole-wheat flour in place of white, and the proper use of oils and garlic. The Washington Post/Consumers Union (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SNF to host webinar on the STEPS Challenge
    On Wednesday, March 13, the School Nutrition Foundation -- in partnership with Jennie-O -- will be offering a free webinar entitled, "SNA's STEPS Challenge: A Simple Approach to Health & Wellness." The goal of this webinar is to help members make the most of the program to enjoy a healthier, well-balanced life. Participants will hear success stories from fellow members and receive exercise and wellness tips from a health expert. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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