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  • Minn. could eliminate reduced-price meal program
    Students who qualify for reduced-price meals would be eligible for free school meals in Minnesota under legislation being considered by state lawmakers -- a move that would expand free meals to 61,500 students statewide. Supporters say the move will ensure that no students who cannot afford to pay are denied a meal and will help prepare disadvantaged students to learn. Critics, however, say it makes parents less accountable in the process. Minnesota Public Radio (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
New school lunch requirements include adding more beans.
Kids will soon eat more nutritious meals at school. New regulations and incentives, as well as a new voluntary program, provide the opportunity to see how beans can make the school lunch menu healthier. Click here to get great kid-friendly bean recipes, like our Pinto Cheeseburger Sliders, and see why kids give beans a thumbs up.
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  • Adrian Grenier launches mobile kitchen classroom
    Actor Adrian Grenier teamed up with producer Peter Glatzer and food education expert Cerise Mayo to launch SHFT, a mobile kitchen classroom that teaches New Yorkers about cooking, gardening and sustainable foods. "It seemed like it made a lot of sense to create something that could be used at more than one site and more than one school, and where other organizations could utilize the actual facility," said Mayo, "so the idea of a teaching kitchen on wheels that could go not just to schools but partner organizations and after-school programs, too." Bon Appétit online/The Feed blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Taste the New Standards: 11 New Poultry Products
New regulations for school meal patterns mean new challenges. Fortunately, for Tyson it means an opportunity to develop new products. Tyson Foods has made it easier for you to deliver nutritious, yummy products that meet and exceed government guidelines starting now with 11 new chopped and formed poultry products that are Kid Tested Kid Approved®!
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • USDA cafeterias serve a healthier menu
    U.S. Agriculture Department cafeterias in Washington, D.C., have begun to practice what the agency preaches about good health, going fryer-less and offering healthy whole grains and foods that are low in fat and sodium. In addition, an on-site dietitian will be available to answer questions from government employees. The Washington Post (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Eating schedule affects weight management, study finds
    Research indicates that the timing of food intake makes a difference in weight regulation and might be beneficial in weight-loss planning. "Our results indicate that late eaters displayed a slower weight-loss rate and lost significantly less weight than early eaters, suggesting that the timing of large meals could be an important factor in a weight-loss program," lead author Frank Scheer said. FoodNavigator (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • STEPS Challenge health and wellness tools
    Have you registered for SNA's personal wellness program, the 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 February challenge, which is all about enjoying whole-grain rich foods, has already started! Be sure to visit to sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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