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September 17, 2012
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  • USDA awards grants to support new school-meal standards
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to award $5.2 million in grants to 18 states and one territory to help support their transition to the new federal meal standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Among other things, the grants will help provide training and nutrition-education resources for school nutrition professionals. Farm Futures (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Dinner is served to students in after-school programs
    A Wisconsin school district has started an after-school dinner program as part of an effort to improve student nutrition and encourage more students to participate in after-school activities. The program, which is available at select schools this year, is available to all students at the school if they participate in an after-school program. Plans eventually call for school nutrition professionals to serve hot dinners and salads. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (9/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Weight-loss program helps combat childhood obesity
    A six-month weight management program improved the quality of life of obese children and led to 10% fewer obesity cases, Temple University researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. They monitored the weight of 155 obese children who attended group and at-home sessions where they learned about healthy eating and lifestyles. USA TODAY (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is coconut water all it's cracked up to be?
    Coconut water, gaining popularity as a healthful alternative to sports drinks, provides potassium and electrolytes lost during exercise, and won't contribute to a sharp increase in blood sugar. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokeswoman Andrea N. Giancoli said coconut water won't replace sodium lost during exercise, but added, "if you like it and you can afford it, there's nothing wrong with coconut water, as long as you're choosing a brand without added sugar." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nourish Our Kids teaches preschoolers about nutrition
    Nourish Our Kids teaches nutrition to preschool children using characters called the "NOK Rockers" who focus on healthy food choices. The curriculum, created by two women from New York, is being used by Loyola University's Block By Block program to reduce diabetes rates in a Chicago neighborhood. Daily News (New York) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  Policy Watch 
  • Pa. schools partner with farms, food pantry in produce deal
    School nutrition professionals in Pennsylvania say they are experimenting with recipes and strategies to encourage students to eat fruits and vegetables they are required to have on their trays as part of new federal meal standards. Some schools also are working to keep costs down through a partnership with local farms in which the food pantry provides surplus fresh, in-season produce for schools. The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • 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 Sept. 30th. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Executive summaries from SNA's 2012 Annual Conference
    SNA members can now download executive summaries of popular sessions from the Association's 2012 Annual National Conference, available online. The first summary, "We Can Do This: Advice and Resources for Meeting the NSLP New Meal Pattern," covers the highlights of this session. The second is of the session "Earning and Keeping Your 6 Cents," which covered the requirements for school food authorities to become certified. Learn more.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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