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September 20, 2012
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  • Schools consider student-meal debt policies
    A recent survey from the School Nutrition Association found that more than half of districts surveyed have seen an increase in the number of students unable to pay for meals at school. To combat the problem, districts are faced with considering whether to serve students and let debt accrue or withhold meals. "No program enjoys creating a policy like this," said Diane Pratt-Heavner, SNA spokeswoman. "The programs are designed to make sure kids have the food and nutrition they need. They don't want to have to limit the availability of those meals in any way, but they also have to run in the black." The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • School curriculum includes lessons on gardening, farming
    Students at Rochester Montessori School in Minnesota are learning valuable lessons working in the school garden and harvesting fresh eggs. "This is our circle of life garden and it's a great opportunity to get the kids outside, working with the land, raising their own vegetables," said Greg Anderson, a math and science teacher. KAAL-TV (Austin, Minn.) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students in the U.K. challenge nutrition stereotypes
    A growing number of universities in the United Kingdom are seeking to improve nutrition among students by hosting cooking classes, and one university has launched an online cooking channel for students. At another university, students say they are paying slightly more for fresh produce at a nearby farmers' market. The Guardian (London) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Culinary institute beefs up curriculum with science
    Culinary classrooms sound more and more like science labs at the Culinary Institute of America's campus in Hyde Park, N.Y. The school recently approved a new culinary science major, in which students will learn the science behind the dishes they create in the kitchen. "It's emphasized in this class it's the difference between a chef and a cook," said student Janelle Turcios. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Obesity study shows fruits and veggies matter
    The annual ranking of states by obesity rates shows that obesity rates are lower in states where people eat more fruits and vegetables, including California, Vermont, New Hampshire and Oregon, and in the District of Columbia. However, even in those areas, just 1 in 4 adults consumes five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Americans are snatching up more avocados this year
    The avocado is having a record-breaking year as more U.S. restaurants slice them for salads and spread them on sandwiches. Consumption has grown 30% in the first half of 2012, and year-round imports from Mexico continue to climb as health-conscious consumers add the nutritious fruit to everyday meals. The Wall Street Journal (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • FDA may set standards for arsenic levels in rice
    Consumer groups are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to set standards for safe levels of arsenic in rice. Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment; the agency, which thus far has found no evidence to show dangerous levels in rice, is in the midst of a study of 1,200 products that contain rice. Associated Press (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • New SNA video scheduled to appear on national television!
    SNA has produced a new video to spread the word about healthy school meals. The 30-second video -- featuring school foodservice professionals and the delicious, nutritious food they serve -- is scheduled to air on national television next week during the "Class Acts, Too" episode of the Food Network's hit show "Chopped." SNA will also distribute the video to over 1,000 TV stations across the country and promote the spot online. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Register today for SNA's 2013 Child Nutrition Industry Conference in San Antonio
    Discover how building essential partnerships will bring about the results your operation needs to succeed at SNA's upcoming Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC), Jan. 13 to 15. This annual meeting will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, and its theme, "Where Partners Create Possibilities" will provide the information you need to gain new ideas to transform your school nutrition operation. Online registration is open now. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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