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March 8, 2013
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • School breakfasts help students shine
    A Georgia school district is taking this year's National School Breakfast Week theme -- "Be a Star with School Breakfast" -- to heart, highlighting the ways that starting the day with a healthy meal can help students succeed. "Hungry children cannot learn. This is why breakfast is so critical," said Peggy Lawrence, director of school foodservices for Rockdale County Public Schools, where about 42% of students eat breakfast on a daily basis. Rockdale Citizen (Conyers, Ga.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  School Update 
  • N.Y. district finds healthy meals are recipe for success
    School meals are more popular than ever in one New York district since nutrition professionals began serving made-from-scratch meals. "These students are our future and to educate them, you have to have a good food service program for them. If they're not getting healthy good food, their minds aren't working," said district chef Jerry Carr. WETM-TV (Elmira, N.Y.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • More children engage in physical activity, report finds
    A report by the Partnership for a Healthier America revealed more than 1,700 U.S. cities promoted exercise in 2012 to help boost physical activity in nearly 3 million children. Researchers also noted a growing number of established or renovated grocery stores in "food deserts," providing more than half a million people with access to fresh and healthy produce. Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • School-based gardening program expands children's palate
    Children who attended kitchen gardening classes were twice as likely to sample new foods as those who didn't participate in the program, Australian researchers reported in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. While parents' feedback showed no evidence that the program boosted fruit and vegetable consumption at home, educators surveyed for the study said the children brought healthier snacks and bag lunches to school and were more adventurous in trying new foods. (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • SNA: Greater flexibility in preparing meals makes sense
    The School Nutrition Association is supporting federal legislation that would offer schools greater flexibility in preparing healthy meals for students. The Sensible School Lunch Act was introduced March 1, and is now being considered by federal lawmakers. "Under the bipartisan Sensible School Lunch Act, school meals would continue to meet calorie limits and include plenty of fruits and vegetables, but cafeterias will have flexibility to plan menus that meet student tastes and nutrition standards," SNA President Sandra Ford said. (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • SNA celebrates International School Meals Day
    Today marks the first-ever International School Meals Day, and SNA along with USDA will be taking part in the inaugural celebration. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children around the world about good nutrition, to foster healthy eating habits in school and at home, and to share policies, practices, and research between countries. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Create positive school nutrition buzz with social media
    If you haven't already, consider "Liking" SNA on Facebook or "Following" SNA on Twitter. One of the primary purposes SNA uses these sites for is to create positive buzz about school nutrition operations. By joining SNA's more than 11,000 Twitter followers and 5,000 Facebook fans, you can help promote healthy school meals on a national level and use these social media tools to gain supporters and influence at the local level. Find SNA on Facebook and @SchoolLunch on Twitter. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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