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June 19, 2014
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SNA Special Report:
Healthy Breakfast and Nutrition (Part 2)
A healthy breakfast is increasingly recognized as important not only to the bodies of students but also to their minds.

In Part 2 of this two-part SNA Special Report, we examine the challenges and changes facing school nutrition professionals as well as menu updates seen in schools today. Readers also will find handy resources from SNA in this special report.

In case you missed it, in Part 1 of this report, published Tuesday, we looked at the connection between nutrition and achievement, plus the latest in health and nutrition.

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Challenges & Change 
  • Free breakfast comes at the front door of Minn. school
    Capitol Hill Magnet School in St. Paul, Minn., has seen improved student attendance, classroom participation and behavior since offering free breakfast to all students. The school offers breakfast in to-go bags as students enter the building, helping students who need food to learn, officials said. "They're trying to learn but every part of their body is telling them 'You need food, you need fuel,' " said Angie Gaszak, a nutrition specialist with St. Paul Public Schools. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal meal guidelines present challenge for schools
    Higher costs associated with stricter requirements and a reluctance among some students to switch to more nutritious options have some school nutrition professionals concerned about their ability to comply with federal meal guidelines. Gitta Grether-Sweeney of Portland Public Schools in Oregon said she spent about $200,000 more on produce this year under the requirements, but an increase in federal funding for meals covered only about 60%. She said some schools have started composting because of the increased food waste. American Public Media/Marketplace (6/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Districts look for funding solutions to remake school kitchens
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    Few funding sources exist to meet the demand to upgrade school kitchens -- such as increasing refrigeration space -- to follow changes in nutrition standards. Most districts make upgrades as money becomes available, such as the Dallas Independent School District's use of bond funds and federal grants to overhaul 90 kitchens. "The need is tremendous that is out there," said Kevin Concannon, an undersecretary with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which offers grants to districts. The Associated Press (5/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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Menu Updates 
  • School nutrition rules to raise whole-grain, fruit requirements
    Schools will see additional changes to nutrition standards in the fall, including a requirement that each grain used in student meals must be at least 51% whole grain. Children will be required to take a half-cup of fruit at breakfast as well as at lunch. Denise Christensen, nutrition services director in Richland, Wash., said the fruit measure will increase school district costs by $100,000 per year. KEPR-TV (Pasco, Wash.) (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Garden showcases nutrition focus at Minneapolis schools
    Fresh garden vegetables.  
    Minneapolis public schools hope to buy 10% of their produce from local growers this year, and Bertrand Weber, who heads the nutrition department, is adding a 2,500-square-foot demonstration garden to provide produce for staff and neighborhoods. Weber has been a driving force in changing the district's nutrition model to one focused on fresh, local foods. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (5/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • July 1 is start date for Smart Snacks in School rules
    Snacks sold in cafeterias, vending machines and elsewhere on school campuses -- as of July 1 -- must comply with the Smart Snacks in School rules, which effectively ban high-sugar, high-calorie junk food. Instead, snacks must be rich in whole grains, have fruit, vegetable, dairy or protein as their primary ingredients or meet other requirements. Drinks also will be limited to water, juice and unflavored milk. District Administration magazine online (5/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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