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March 13, 2013
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  • Gallup: Majority support federal rules for healthy school meals
    The majority of Americans surveyed in a recent Gallup poll said they support federal regulations that define nutritional standards for school meals. There also is some support for limiting foods sold in school vending machines, snack bars and bake sales, but few respondents said they would back policies prohibiting students to bring packed lunches to school. Overall, most Americans said federal regulations for school meals would be somewhat helpful in reducing childhood obesity, but most agreed it is no silver bullet. (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Mini Orange, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Muffins
Students will go bananas over Mini Orange, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Muffins. They make the perfect midday snack or special lunch treat. Prepared with Florida orange juice, fresh bananas and chocolate chips, these muffins are a yummy alternative to fried or prepackaged snacks. Click here for more kid-friendly recipes using Florida citrus.
  School Update 
  • Colo. students compete in healthy cooking competition
    The Boulder Valley, Colo., school district's fourth annual "Iron Chef" cooking challenge is bringing elementary- and middle-school students together to create and prepare healthy meals -- competing for prizes plus the opportunity to have their dishes included in school menus. Meals must meet U.S. Department of Agriculture school-meal nutrition standards and cost $1.20 per plate to prepare. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Md. parents to push for healthier school meals
    Parents in Maryland's Montgomery County launched the group Real Food for Kids Montgomery to work with public schools on providing healthier student meals. The group is joining forces with Real Food for Kids in Fairfax County, Va., to lobby for fewer processed foods and the elimination of artificial additives, refined white flour and added sugars. The Washington Post (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Study shows how lack of sleep can lead to weight gain
    Young, healthy adults who were restricted to five hours of sleep per night and had unlimited access to food gained about two pounds in less than two weeks, according to research from the University of Colorado, Boulder. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the study participants ate less at breakfast but their after-dinner snacking added up to more calories than any other individual meal. CBS News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Increase vegetable consumption without bribery
Beans are an incredibly complex, nutrient-rich, and cost-effective vegetable that kids like. Four out of five kids give beans a thumbs up. Click here to discover kid-friendly recipes like our Cheesy Baked Bean & Sausage Potato Pie, view our line-up of low sodium products and find how the humble bean can make your menu better.
  Trends & Research 
  • Study: Sugary drinks are behind children's high calorie consumption
    Increased calorie intake among 2- to 11-year-olds in the U.S. between 2003 and 2010 was mainly attributed to sugar-sweetened drinks, according to a report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For 12- to 18-year-olds, researchers noted that both food and sugary drinks were to blame for the higher intake of calories. HealthDay News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SNF to host webinar on Chefs Move to Schools
    On Wednesday, March 20, the School Nutrition Foundation will be offering a free webinar entitled, "Partner Up for PR Success with Chefs Move to Schools." The goal of this webinar is to help you get started with a Chefs Move to Schools program. Participants will hear from both chefs and directors that have successfully implemented a chef partnership in their district and used it to support PR and marketing efforts. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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