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March 26, 2013
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  • Salad bar helps expand healthy options for students
    A Washington state school district's push to provide more healthy options for students is paying off, with students at one elementary school adding more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to their trays. The effort was aided by the recent addition of a salad bar, which offers options such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, pineapple and oranges. "Our kids are definitely eating more -- and eating healthier," principal Mark Hummel said, adding: "There's definitely a lot less food getting thrown away." Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.) (free registration) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Some schools are hesitant to return to larger portions
    Many schools in Ohio and elsewhere are reinstating larger portions of meats and grains in students' meals, which had been restricted by federal regulations. For some, they say the easing of those restrictions will help them feed students, reduce waste and prepare for changes in the future. Others, however, say they will continue to abide by the two-ounce limits. "I just don't want to change anything and then have to change it back," said Carol Hamilton, the food director at Grandview Heights schools. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Middle-school students say "aloha" to healthy eating
    Nutrition professionals at a Massachusetts middle school recently prepared food for a luau to show students and adults how healthy -- and tasty -- fruit can be. The event featured dark chocolate-covered strawberries, fruit custard cups and slices of pineapples, coconuts, bananas, mangoes, papaya, melons. "We like to have these events for the children so they can understand that healthy food isn't boring, but it's festive, fun and really delicious," said chef Kimberly Adkins, foodservice director. The Daily News (Newburyport, Mass.) (3/23) 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®!
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  • Data show declining soda sales in the U.S.
    Soda-sales volume declined 1.2% in 2012 in the U.S., compared with a 1% decrease in 2011 and 0.5% in 2010, indicating an increased number of consumers looking for noncarbonated alternatives, data showed. The data appear in Beverage Digest. Reuters (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sharpen your school nutrition IQ at SNA's Spring Industry Boot Camp
    Are you an industry representative new to the multibillion-dollar school nutrition market? Confused by the intricacies of this complex marketplace? If the answer to these questions is "yes," then you can't afford to miss SNA's Spring Industry Boot Camp, taking place May 15 to 16, in National Harbor, Md. This dynamic seminar will sharpen your school nutrition I.Q. by providing you with comprehensive knowledge of school nutrition programs. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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