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March 15, 2013
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  • USDA places priority on curbing childhood obesity, Vilsack says
    Preventing childhood obesity, educating youth about proper nutrition and connecting them to needed resources are key goals of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, department Secretary Tom Vilsack said during a recent appearance in Maine to mark School Nutrition Month. He said he chose to stop in Portland because of the city's successful lunch programs and farm-to-school initiative. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
DST 2.0 Software Helps Implement New Meal Pattern
inTEAM Associates has announced the release of the Decision Support Toolkit (DST) Version 2.0. This release provides State Agencies and K-12 schools with a standardized solution for "Six Cent Certification", pre and post costing of menus, work schedules and production plans. The base module is available starting at $845. READ MORE
  School Update 
  • Calif. district cites benefits of in-class breakfast
    In California, 63,000 more students participated in the School Breakfast Program in 2012 than in the year before, according to recently released data. In the Adelanto School District, eight schools serve breakfast in the classroom, and officials are considering options for serving meals to students after school as well. Officials say since the breakfast program was implemented, students have been better-behaved and the goal is for students to carry healthy eating habits with them into adulthood. Daily Press (Victorville, Calif.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wash. state program delivers locally grown food to schools
    The Arlington School District in Washington state recently was named the Western Washington Fresh Food in Schools Champion by the Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network -- in part for its efforts to serve locally produced food in school cafeterias. Officials say the program is a win-win for schools and for farms statewide, which provided more than $300,000 in fruits and vegetables to participating schools. HeraldNet (Everett, Wash.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Food companies and parents must partner, first lady says
    First lady Michelle Obama praised food companies that are helping turn the tide on childhood obesity and urged companies to continue to work to make it easier for parents to make better food choices for their children. "It’s also about companies realizing that marketing healthy foods can be responsible and the profitable thing to do as well. ... And American companies can play a vital role to help make eating fruits and veggies fun and, yes, even cool," she said at the Partnership for a Healthier America's Building a Healthier Future Summit on Childhood Obesity. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Hospital dietitians hold "fresh mob" at grocery store
    Registered dietitians and supporters from St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis., led a "fresh mob" song-and-dance routine at a grocery store to celebrate Registered Dietitian Day and National Nutrition Month. Hospital employees wrote and recorded the song "5 A Day" to spread a healthy-eating message of having five portions of fruits and vegetables daily. WISC-TV (Madison, Wis.) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Minn. could lift restrictions on reduced-price meal program
    State lawmakers in Minnesota are considering legislation that would require schools to provide lunches to students who qualify for reduced-price meals -- regardless of the status of their meal accounts or whether they can pay. Some districts say they already adhere to similar policies in which they do not deny students a meal. If implemented statewide, the legislation would add an additional 61,500 students to the free-meal program. Echo Press (Alexandria, Minn.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • Enter to win a free registration to ANC 2013
    To emphasize the "ANC in the Heart of the Nation" theme for this summer's Annual National Conference, SNA is asking you to tell us what it is about working in school nutrition that you love. Share your thoughts and be entered into a sweepstakes to win one of three free registrations to ANC 2013, which will be held in Kansas City, Mo., July 14 to 17. Visit the SNA website for rules and regulations. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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