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February 7, 2013
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • Physician: New school-snack guidelines will benefit students
    Recent studies show that students in school districts that have restricted access to junk food and sugar-sweetened beverages on campus consume fewer calories than students in schools without such policies, physician Ayala Laufer-Cahana writes. She concludes that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's efforts to roll out new guidelines for snacks, beverages and a la carte items sold in schools will have a positive effect on students and national childhood-obesity rates. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "Where are the Snickers?"
    In several Colorado school districts, students are asking where their favorite candy bars have gone. District officials have swapped out candy and fried snacks for healthier options in many schools, and while some say that revenue from school vending machines has declined since the change to healthier options, officials say the focus is on providing healthy food for students -- not making money. Education News Colorado (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • All about digestion and metabolism
    Many people mistakenly believe their rate of digestion is linked to their rate of metabolism, when they really are separate bodily processes, says dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman. Digestion is measured by transit time and refers to how the body breaks down food and disposes of waste through the gastrointestinal tract, while metabolism, measured by calories expended, is the process by which cells use energy derived from that food. U.S. News & World Report/Eat+Run blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Study: Nutrition deficits, autism often coincide
    The odds of having nutritional deficiencies and feeding problems were five times higher among children with autism spectrum disorder than in those without the condition, a study showed. Researchers reported in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders that children with autism had substantially lower calcium and protein intake, and were at greater risk for long-term health problems. (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Closing session at this year's Legislative Action Conference
    Join SNA for this year's Legislative Action Conference (LAC), March 3 to 6 in Washington, D.C., and take part in the Closing General Session. This session will feature a discussion on the recent election and expectations for the 113th Congress. Don't forget that February 15th is the last day to save on your registration with the regular rate discount. After that date, all registrations received will be charged at the onsite rate Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GCNF's 10th annual A Possible Dream Gala
    Held in conjunction with LAC each year, the Global Child Nutrition Foundation's (GCNF) A Possible Dream Gala is a special evening that celebrates the champions of child nutrition. On March 4th, join GCNF to recognize Arlene Mitchell, the recipient of the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition. Proceeds from the evening will allow GCNF to provide technical assistance to countries working to develop school feeding programs. Visit the GCNF website to learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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