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September 28, 2012
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  • Health concerns are cited in request for longer lunch periods
    A middle-school student in New Jersey is asking her local school board to reverse a pilot program in which students get less time for lunch and lunch periods are determined by grade. In her appeal, eighth-grade student Madisen Siegel cited a School Nutrition Association survey, which found that middle-school students require 30 minutes for lunch. Healthy foods, such as apples, take longer to eat than unhealthy options, such as sugary applesauce. (Hackensack, N.J.) (free registration) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School Update 
  • Mass. schools serve fresh, locally grown produce
    The director of food services in a Massachusetts school district has partnered with a community-supported agriculture group to provide fresh, locally grown produce for schools. Nutrition professionals say they will introduce salad bars in schools as one way to give students a greater selection of vegetables. Wicked Local/Beverly, Mass. (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthy meals are on the menu in Ga. schools
    School nutrition professionals in Georgia say students are adjusting to the new normal of school meals, including higher prices and more nutritious fare. Peggy Lawrence, a national spokeswoman for the School Nutrition Association, said new federal regulations come with challenges, including the cost to prepare the meals and getting more kids to eat the food. "We can write really great looking menus on paper, but we've got to get children to consume the food," she said. Georgia Public Broadcasting (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • More college students are majoring in nutrition
    A record number of students are enrolling in food science and nutrition degree programs at the University of Maine, reflecting an increased awareness among young adults of the importance of healthy eating. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesman Ryan O'Malley said Maine is following a nationwide trend as the number of college graduates in the nutrition field increased 84% from 2004 to 2011. Kennebec Journal (Maine) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Whole grains at every meal can help get the needed servings
    Mayo Clinic registered dietitian Jennifer Nelson says only 5% of Americans get the recommended minimum of three daily servings of whole grains, so the theme of Whole Grains Month in September is to have one serving at every meal. She suggests choosing whole grain breads, muffins or bagels at breakfast and lunch, and filling one-quarter of dinner plates with a whole grain such as barley, brown or wild rice, whole wheat pasta or stuffing, or even corn or quinoa. and healthy eating blog (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Risk of hypertension is higher in obese black children
    Researchers looked at 821 obese children and found that black children were more at risk for hypertension compared with white children. The findings, which were presented at an American Heart Association meeting, suggest that factors other than body mass index contribute to higher blood pressure, the lead researcher said. HealthDay News (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Workout programs do little to boost children's activity
    Programs aimed at encouraging children to exercise did not significantly improve overall physical-activity levels, according to a U.K. meta-analysis of 30 studies that was published in the journal BMJ. Researchers said that while the programs may offer benefits, such as improved coordination and team participation, they don't "have a meaningful impact on obesity prevention." USA TODAY (9/27), HealthDay News (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Korean schools to ban drinks high in caffeine
    Korean schools next year will ban highly caffeinated energy drinks from schools through at least 2015 as part of a plan by the Korea Food and Drug Administration to help students develop healthier habits. Plans also are under way to inspect cafeterias at kindergarten and daycare centers to ensure students are being served healthy meals. The Korea Times (Seoul) (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • STEPS Challenge health and wellness tools
    Have you signed up for SNA's new personal wellness initiative, STEPS Challenge? Designed to help school nutrition professionals improve their quality of life, while embracing the healthy habits they promote in school cafeterias, the STEPS website is packed with challenge tools and online resources. The October challenge, which is all about enjoying physical activity with a buddy, will be starting soon. Be sure to sign up today! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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