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September 18, 2012
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  • Students are more likely to eat veggies with catchy names
    Branding may be the key to getting children to eat their vegetables, according to a recent study. Researchers at Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab found that students were more likely to eat fruits and vegetables with catchy names, such as X-Ray Vision Carrots, Power Punch Broccoli, Tiny Tasty Tree Tops and Silly Dilly Green Beans. Researchers found that students were more likely to eat such offerings over a "Food of the Day" option. The Huffington Post (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  School Update 
  • Kitchen remodels help N.J. schools prepare healthier meals
    A school principal in New Jersey says she was surprised to find that elementary-school students preferred fruits and vegetables being served in school cafeterias to high-fat processed foods. The healthier fare, required under new meal standards, is being rolled out in cafeterias throughout the state -- and the nation. Now, in New Jersey, schools are using grant funding to help convert their kitchens into facilities where they can properly prepare healthier menus. NJSpotlight.com (New Jersey) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smaller portions, more veggies are on school menus
    In a Pennsylvania district, school nutrition professionals say they have worked to align their menus with new federal standards that set new limits on fat, salt and portion sizes, while requiring greater consumption of fruits and vegetables. However, some question whether the new standards will increase the price of school meals and provide large enough portions for some students. Delaware County Daily Times (Primos, Pa.) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Federal back-to-school tour includes focus on nutrition
    The U.S. Department of Education, during a stop in Colorado, highlighted a local elementary school's efforts to promote student nutrition. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other officials sampled the cafeteria fare and participated in a warm-up exercise used in the school's gym classes. Education News Colorado (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Rural adults are more obese than urban counterparts
    Data from the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey revealed nearly 40% of adults in rural areas were obese, compared with 33% of those living in urban communities. Researchers also found that rural adults were more likely to be obese if they were married or black, while urban adults had a higher obesity risk if they were older, black, had lower education, were sedentary or had a higher percentage of calorie intake from fats. The results appear in the Journal of Rural Health. HealthDay News (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Bill would remove calorie limitations on school lunches
    A federal lawmaker has introduced legislation that would eliminate calorie caps on school lunches mandated under guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In introducing his bill, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) questioned whether the current calorie caps ensure that students receive proper nutrition. The Hill/Floor Action blog (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wis. district aims to reduce students' meal debt
    Officials in a Wisconsin school district have approved a new policy that will prevent students from purchasing a la carte items once they have an outstanding balance of $20. The policy was introduced after officials revealed that the district is owed about $59,000 in unpaid meal debt. Students without a positive balance will be allowed to receive a reimbursable meal only. Daily Citizen (Beaver Dam, Wis.) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • NSLW 2012 -- School Lunch: What's Cooking?
    National School Lunch Week (NSLW), Oct. 15 to 19, is just around the corner, and "School Lunch: What's Cooking?" resources are available to help you get a head start on your planning. SNA has many tools and other resources, including "school-made" menus, activity sheets and a celebration toolkit. Also available are logos, banner ads, press releases and much more. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SNA's PR resources to help you promote your program
    Start spreading the word out about the healthy options in your cafeteria today! Visit this website for brand-new PR resources to reach parents, administrators and the media. These members-only resources include the New Meal Pattern PR Toolkit, tools to reach administrators, media tips and talking points, backpack brochures, social media guide and more. These resources are designed to help you share your message with your most important audiences. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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