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September 24, 2012
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • Md. celebrates locally grown food in schools
    Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week, which celebrates the state's farm-to-school program, ended on Friday. During the week, students in Carroll County were encouraged to try produce, such as watermelons, tomatoes, apples, plums, nectarines and pluots -- a cross between plums and apricots -- all of which were grown on local farms. Educators said they advertised the daily offerings to students and encouraged them to try new things. Carroll County Times (Westminster, Md.) (9/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • "Little changes" to school menus make a "big difference"
    In Ohio, schools are aligning their menus to new federal standards in part by serving salads daily, offering light and fat-free salad dressing, providing more locally grown food and serving only fat-free flavored milk. Schools also are asking students to taste-test new menu items before they are served. "Even little changes here and there can add up and make a big difference," said Tascin Brooks, food service director for the Austintown school district. Tribune Chronicle (Warren, Ohio) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Program pairs professional chefs with schools
    An Arizona school district has recruited a professional chef to help school nutrition professionals prepare healthy meals that students will eat. The partnership, part of the Experience Food Project, includes training for the nutrition professionals. Officials say they have been starting slow and serving healthier fare along with familiar favorites. East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.) (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • YMCA program helps children with weight, lifestyle issues
    A six-month YMCA program that included diet, physical activity and lifestyle behaviors helped overweight children ages 6 to 17 get closer to normal weight levels and have a better quality of life for less cost than clinic-based treatment, Temple University researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. The program included weigh-in and education sessions at the YMCA for parents and children, along with homework and phone check-ins. Reuters (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Descendants of immigrants connect to culture through cuisine
    The flavors and smells of certain meals can transport a person back in time and bring on feelings of nostalgia, and many descendants of immigrants use familiar cuisine to connect with their culture. Ana Sofia Peláez, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, says cooking and enjoying Cuban meals means more than just remembering time spent at her grandparents' house -- it is part of embracing her heritage. "I got a sense of my culture and where I was from through those meals," Peláez said. "I felt like it was something I needed to hold on to." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Study links yogurt to reduced risk of hypertension
    A Tufts University study found people who ate a total of one serving of yogurt every three days were 31% less likely to develop high blood pressure, compared with people who did not eat yogurt. Researchers said the protection was higher among people who were not taking drugs to control blood pressure. The findings were presented at an American Heart Association meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study says high-fructose diet adversely affects liver
    A diet high in fructose may increase uric acid levels and reduce liver adenosine triphosphate, used to transfer energy between cells, in obese people with type 2 diabetes, a Duke University study found. Reporting in the journal Hepatology, researchers said reducing energy could damage the liver in people at risk for or who have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. HealthDay News (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Ohio to assess students in physical education
    Beginning this year, schools in Ohio will be required to report how students measure up against the state's physical-education standards. Assessments will focus on whether students understand the right way to exercise, how to play games, play well with others and stay active outside of school. Ohio joins 17 other states and Washington, D.C., that evaluate students in PE. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (9/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • Don't forget to tune in to "Chopped" tomorrow night
    Don't forget to help cheer on your fellow school nutrition professionals tomorrow night on the Food Network's hit show, "Chopped." Last year's episode that featured school cafeteria employees was so popular the Food Network is airing an all-new episode with new school chefs! The episode, "Class Acts, Too," will air tomorrow night at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central. While you watch, be sure to participate in SNA's scavenger hunt. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New SNA PSA scheduled to appear on national television!
    SNA has produced a new Public Service Announcement to spread the word about healthy school meals. The 30-second video, featuring school food service professionals and the delicious, nutritious food they serve, is scheduled to air on national television tomorrow night during the Food Network's hit show "Chopped." SNA will also distribute the PSA to over 1,000 TV stations across the country and promote the spot online. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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