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March 7, 2013
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • Dinner on the menu for students at 4 Fla. schools
    A Florida school district will begin serving dinner to students enrolled in after-school programs at four elementary schools, where about 95% of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Previously, the district has served breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks for students. The district will begin serving dinners in April, and officials say the program could expand if it is successful. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Ind. schools are recognized for focus on student nutrition
    Two schools in an Indiana school district that recently were recognized by Michelle Obama's Healthier U.S. School Challenge underwent a change in philosophy when turning their focus to students' health and nutrition. Schools began giving students rewards that did not involve food and expanding offerings of fruits and vegetables. At one school, kitchen manager Karen Hoover said students particularly enjoy raw carrots and cauliflower, as well as brown rice and hummus. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Help boost fruit intake with 100% orange juice
100% Florida orange juice is a great way to complement whole fruit intake to help meet fruit intake recommendations: One 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice provides half of the USDA-recommended daily fruit intake for most adults, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Plus, it contains only the sugars naturally present in oranges.
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Experts urge early allergen introduction
    The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is urging parents to introduce potential allergens, including eggs and peanut butter, to children when they are as young as 4 months old. "There's been more studies that find that if you introduce them early, it may actually prevent food allergy," said David Fleischer, co-author of the article in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The Wall Street Journal (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Survey: 29% of adults want to reduce gluten consumption
    About 30% of U.S. adults want to reduce the amount of gluten they eat or to switch to a gluten-free diet, survey data from NPD Group indicate. While people still eat sandwiches, they are less likely to have bread with a meal and are choosing more gluten-free or wheat-free items when dining out, NPD's Harry Balzer says. USA Today (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Should schools sell junk food at athletic events?
    The Wake County, N.C., School Health Advisory Council is recommending that county schools ban the sale of candy and other junk food as part of fundraising efforts. The recommended policy change would apply to schools and school-affiliated groups, such as athletic booster clubs that rely on concession sales to fund programs. The council also has sought to prevent the use of food as rewards for students, prevent schools from fundraising during the school day using food, and serve more healthy foods at athletic events and dances, recommendations that are now policy. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SNA News 
  • Take your school nutrition knowledge to the next level at ANC 2013
    Whether you're new to school nutrition or have years of experience, SNA's 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) is your chance to take your knowledge to the next level. To improve practices and overall performance in the workplace, be sure to add a pre-conference session to your registration when signing up to attend the conference. ANC 2013 will be held July 14 to 17, in the "Heart of the Nation," Kansas City, Mo. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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