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September 5, 2012
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  • Chef to cook up partnership between schools, farms
    Timothy Cipriano, who helped create the national "Chefs Move to Schools" program, has a new role as the food services director in a Connecticut school district. This week, Cipriano praised the support of the School Nutrition Association and other groups, and announced that one of his top priorities will be to partner with area farms to provide fresh, local food for schools he oversees., Conn. (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • School garden excites students about healthy eating
    At an elementary school in Memphis, Tenn., students are growing vegetables in a school garden -- and eating the fruits of their labor. Food from the 100- by 300-foot garden is served in the school cafeteria. The garden itself is used as a site for lessons on nutrition and healthy eating, officials said. Principal Pete Johnson said the next step will be to have students help in the kitchen. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Schools help students transition to healthier meals
    School-nutrition professionals in Arizona say the transition to federal standards has been complex. Some districts are working to encourage students to try healthier foods -- such as kale chips -- and others have installed salad bars in cafeterias. Shirley Sokol, food-services director-designee, said her district has made fruits and vegetables more appealing by placing them in clear packages, so students "can see the bright colors and the freshness." Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) (9/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Dietitian's cookbook offers recipes for a plant-based diet
    Registered dietitian and chef Sharon Palmer says she wrote "The Plant-Powered Diet" because research has shown the benefits of plant-based eating for reducing the risks of diabetes and cancer and improving heart health and cognition. While all 75 recipes are vegan dishes, she says people can move toward a plant-based diet by going meatless just once or twice a week. Reuters (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Less parental pressure promotes healthy eating in children
    Parents who are overly involved in their children's eating habits appear to raise their children's risk for obesity, according to a study in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. Researchers placed parents in either the "division of responsibility" approach or the "We Can" program, and found that the first method, which emphasized less parental pressure on eating, can boost healthy eating practices in children. Medical News Today (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Study looks at benefits of organic produce, meats
    U.S. researchers reviewed more than 200 studies and found that organic produce and meat generally do not contain more vitamins and nutrients than regular foods do, but they do reduce the risk of exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The report in the Annals of Internal Medicine said many of the studies included in the analysis did not list standards used to classify an "organic" food. Reuters (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Some Mich. schools to offer more meatless options
    In Detroit, school nutrition professionals say they plan to build on last year's Meatless Mondays program by expanding the number of days when vegetarian meals are served. Schools already have stopped serving hot dogs and corn dogs, and replaced them with catfish, acorn squash and other healthy options, said Betti Wiggins, executive director of school nutrition for the district. Detroit Free Press (9/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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