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March 1, 2013
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  • First lady launches "Let's Move Active Schools"
    First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday launched a public-private partnership that builds on her "Let's Move" campaign to provide financial help to schools for programs that improve student fitness. The "Let's Move Active Schools" initiative includes grants to schools from the Department of Education, with organizations and companies such as Nike, GENYOUth Foundation, ChildObesity180, Kaiser Permanente and the General Mills Foundation pledging funding and other resources. Yahoo/The Associated Press (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School Update 
  • Lower-calorie milk proposal targets schools
    Trade groups that represent the dairy industry are petitioning to use aspartame in flavored milk, noting that their primary customers for the new product are students. Dairy officials hope the proposal, which is open to public comment, will help reverse a decline in milk consumption among students at a time when schools are limiting the sale of items with sugar. The proposal also calls for the product to be labeled "milk," not "low-calorie" or "diet milk," which the petition says would be less appealing to students. U.S. News & World Report (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Fewer hours spent on housework may fuel obesity in women
    U.S. women in 2010 were an average of 22 pounds heavier than they were in 1965, and spent 13.3 hours on household chores per week versus 25.7 hours a week 45 years earlier, suggesting that fewer hours spent on household chores may play a role in obesity, a study found. The results suggest that women and people in general should incorporate more activity and exercise in their everyday activities, the study's lead author wrote in PLOS One. ABC News/Medical Unit blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Healthy-foods bill moves forward in Iowa Legislature
    An Iowa Senate subcommittee has endorsed a bill to require food-service vendors in state buildings, public universities and community colleges to cook healthier meals and to post menus that display nutrition facts such as calories, fat and sodium. The measure also would require the state to contract with food vendors that follow American Heart Association and U.S. Agriculture Department dietary guidelines, and to give preference to those purchasing from local growers. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.)/The Associated Press (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • SNA's "One Voice for School Nutrition" membership campaign
    SNA is the voice of school nutrition. The larger our membership, the stronger our influence is on Capitol Hill, in the media and in the school communities we all support. Help recruit five or more new members as part of the annual membership campaign and you will be entered to win a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands or a registration to the 2014 Annual National Conference in Boston. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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