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September 27, 2012
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • Students question smaller portions at lunch
    Students and teachers are complaining on blogs, websites and social media about smaller portions of meat served in school lunches as part of new federal nutrition regulations that limit calories. Nutrition experts say children still get plenty of protein under the new plan, but others say active students, athletes and children who do farm work complain they are hungry by midafternoon. Leah Schmidt, president-elect of the School Nutrition Association and director of Nutrition Services for Hickman Mills School District, says people generally eat more protein than needed and noted that students also get protein from milk and beans. USA TODAY (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama administration is working with districts on snack programs: Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said President Barack Obama's administration is working with school districts to establish snack programs in response to concerns that new federal standards for school meals are leaving some students hungry. While some teachers say students are reporting being hungry toward the end of the school day, Mary Hill, executive director of food services in the Jackson, Miss., school district, says she has not heard any complaints. ABC News (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Students are challenged to engage in physical play
    Microsoft and the NFL are partnering on a promotion intended to encourage children to take a pledge they will play in a way that requires physical movement, preferably using Kinect on Xbox 360. The "60 Million Minutes Challenge" calls on students to play for at least 60 minutes a day between now and the Super Bowl in February. The goal is to get children to avoid sedentary activities, such as watching television, and instead become active and healthy. ZDNet (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student garden part of lessons in sustainability
    Middle-school students in St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tenn., are growing a vegetable garden as part of the school's Seeds of Change project. Students have learned about food, hunger and sustainability, and will hear from guest speakers about the issues. Some of the vegetables grown at the garden are given to a local cafe. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Study: Drop in activity levels linked to workplace
    Study data from the U.S. and four other countries show physical activity levels have declined, mainly at workplaces, and are expected to continue a downward trend, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The decline is linked to changes in job types, mechanization and computer use, researchers said. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Playing active video games can boost energy expenditure
    A small U.K. study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine showed that children ages 11 to 15 who played active video games experienced sizable increases in oxygen uptake and heart rate. The energy expenditure of children who played "Dance Central" and "Kinect Sports: Boxing" rose by 150% and 263%, respectively, researchers said. News (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Nutrition experts look for simple ways to encourage healthy eating
    Nutrition experts at the Obesity Society's annual meeting discussed ideas for simple food labels and creative plate designs that could help people make healthier choices and reduce portion sizes. Jacob Seidell of the University of Amsterdam said simple front-of-package labeling in the Netherlands has encouraged food manufacturers to reformulate products to reduce fats and sugars and increase fiber. (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • SNA leaders meet with USDA officials on meal pattern challenges
    On Tuesday, SNA leaders met with representatives from USDA to discuss the implementation of the new nutrition standards and to share input from SNA members, including successes, suggestions and creative ideas for overcoming challenges of the new meal pattern regulation. Background information was gathered from an SNA news article created to gather more information about the challenges facing Association members as the implementation phase began this school year. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ANC 2013 call for proposals
    Mark your calendar now for SNA's 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo., July 14 to 17. The "School Nutrition Event of the Year" is your chance to instruct, inform and inspire by submitting your proposal to present an education session. The ANC 2013 education program will explore key topics in the areas of operations, nutrition, administration and communications and marketing. Proposals must be received by this Sunday, Sept. 30th. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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