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October 1, 2012
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • Georgia SNA asks, "What's cooking?"
    School nutrition professionals in Georgia are finding that students' bad eating habits will not change immediately with the introduction of healthier school meals. The greatest hurdle, they say, is getting students used to eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains -- which they may not be used to eating at home. To help, the Georgia School Nutrition Association is preparing to celebrate National School Lunch Week, with the theme "School Lunch: What's Cooking?" (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • President of Maine SNA takes the cake against master chef
    The master chef at a five-diamond restaurant in New England competed Friday in an Iron Chef-type competition with Ellen Demmons, the food services director of a school district in Maine. The competition was judged by 9- and 10-year-old students. Demmons, who also serves as president of the Maine School Nutrition Association, was declared the winner for her dish, which included sweet potatoes with a little bit of margarine, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon and other ingredients. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Make Your Canned Pear Recipes Pay Off-Up to $1,000!
Win cash for your canned pear recipe! The Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service (PNCPS) is looking for quick, easy menu applications for school foodservice. See your creativity pay off with cash awards up to $1000. Contest runs from September 15 to November 15, 2012 — get the details or submit your entry now. Qualifying entries receive $25 gift cards.
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Anti-hunger group to open nonprofit grocery store
    Fare & Square, the first nonprofit grocery store in the U.S., will open in Chester, Pa., in the spring. Nonprofit hunger relief group Philabundance is opening the store in partnership with Sunoco to provide nutritious food at low prices, with a program giving "Fare & Square Bucks" for future purchases to qualified shoppers. Progressive Grocer (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Sleep deprivation raises type 2 diabetes risk in teens
    Lack of sleep was linked to higher levels of insulin resistance in teens, increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a study in the journal SLEEP indicated. The researchers found that one extra hour of sleep was associated with a 9% improvement in insulin resistance in teens who usually slept for only six hours a night. (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Schools consider new safeguards for students with food allergies
    Some parents of students with life-threatening allergies to peanuts and other foods are suggesting schools adopt a new policy they say would help keep such students safe. Under the proposal in Massachusetts, students would be discouraged from sharing food, and school staff would receive training in administering an Epipen. The proposal also calls for a "peanut table" to confine allergens to an area of the cafeteria, rather than barring them completely. (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School stores are not required to comply with nutrition standards
    While food served in school cafeterias are subject to new federal standards, food items sold by on-campus stores and elsewhere in schools do not yet have to comply. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is drafting changes to the law, but until then some school stores in Vermont, for example, sell candy, cookies and chips to students. Laurie Colgan, director of child nutrition programs with the Vermont Department of Education, is urging school officials to consider local restrictions on the sale of unhealthy foods on campus in accordance with district wellness policies that have been required by the state since 2004. Bennington Banner (Vt.) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • STEP into a new challenge this October
    Starting today, SNA's STEPS Challenge wellness program is introducing a new challenge for the month of October. The Buddy Up for Fitness challenge rewards you for getting active with your friends, family and coworkers. The October prize is a copy of Jillian Michaels' Fitness for Beginners DVD. Visit the STEPS website to learn more about the program, sign up and gain access to challenge tools and online resources. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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