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February 13, 2013
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  • Patience, support needed during transition to new meal standards
    School nutrition professionals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are adopting changes that meet new federal regulations for school meals. "School nutrition professionals have faced significant menu planning, operating, financial challenges and more, as a result of the new meal pattern requirements," School Nutrition Association President Sandra Ford said in a statement. Some schools have been creative in overcoming these challenges, including holding student taste-tests and incorporating nutrition education in the curriculum. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
New school lunch requirements include adding more beans.
Kids will soon eat more nutritious meals at school. New regulations and incentives, as well as a new voluntary program, provide the opportunity to see how beans can make the school lunch menu healthier. Click here to get great kid-friendly bean recipes, like our Pinto Cheeseburger Sliders, and see why kids give beans a thumbs up.
  School Update 
  • Missoula wellness plan emphasizes children, physical activity
    The Let's Move Missoula board said its wellness initiative for the Montana city will focus on putting healthier snacks and drinks in school vending machines and cafeterias, expanding the area bike path and trail, and encouraging day care and preschool programs to emphasize healthy eating and physical activity. The board will take public comments on the plan and would like to see policy changes and programs enacted by 2014. Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • These teachers were made for walking
    Teachers at an elementary school in Mississippi are tracking their steps using pedometers. Each pedometer is outfitted with a USB port, allowing the 65 participating educators to record their progress by plugging the "smart" pedometers into a kiosk in the school library. The goal is that teachers will lower their body mass index by the end of the program. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dietitians list small changes that lead to healthier lifestyles
    Registered dietitians who will help families adopt healthier diets and lifestyles as part of a USA Today challenge have a list of easy tips for making small changes, such as getting rid of fattening snacks in the pantry, buying a pedometer and keeping a food diary. Dawn Jackson Blatner says families should plan dinners together, with each member taking one day and coming up with a meal that will be 25% grain, 25% protein and 50% produce. USA Today (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Neb. could tax soda to support school wellness programs
    Lawmakers in Nebraska are considering adopting a tax on soda, which would be used to fund the Nebraska Healthy Kids Fund -- tasked with supporting school-based wellness programs. Officials say the fund would seek to expand best practices already established at schools for emphasizing a healthy weight and physical activity, as well as help schools track such data. Kearney Hub (Neb.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • School Nutrition Foundation scholarships now available
    It's time to break through the barriers standing between you and your educational aspirations by taking advantage of scholarships available through the School Nutrition Foundation! To make it even easier for SNA members to apply, the Foundation is now using a new 4-in-1 scholarship application -- fill out one online application and be eligible for four different scholarships. But hurry, the April 9th deadline is coming up fast! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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