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September 25, 2012
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  • School nutrition professionals learn to cook from scratch
    School nutrition professionals in 21 counties in California recently participated in a two-day conference in which they received training in meal preparation, including cooking from scratch and buying locally grown food. Participants sampled chicken fajitas, curried chicken salad pita, summer chicken stew, vegetable biryani and cucumber raita, and will leave with recipes designed to serve between 50 and 100 students. The Oakland Tribune (Calif.) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Horizon is the first and only company to offer a mobile app for K-12 school meal payments. Now, busy parents can check account balances, review purchase history, and make payments right from their iPad or iPhone. The app is available in the Apple® App Store™ and can be used in any district using MyPaymentsPlus. Learn more.
Android® version coming soon.
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  • Fresno program emphasizes role of families in weight loss
    The free Healthy Lifestyles Fitness Program run by Fresno Parks and Recreation this summer required parents to attend nutrition classes, which aided healthier cooking and portion control and helped to increase exercise. Registered dietitian Tina Canales of the area Women Infants and Children nutrition program said diets do not work for overweight children, so it "has to be the whole family eating healthier and exercising." The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Protein is not a big nutrition problem for vegans, dietitian says
    Getting enough vitamin B-12, zinc or calcium can be a concern for vegans, but consuming adequate protein usually is not a problem, registered dietitian Virginia Messina told a conference on plant-based nutrition. She said the only must-take supplement for vegans is B-12, because other nutrition needs can be met through foods, but that omega-3, iodine and vitamin D supplements also can be helpful. (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Eating more dairy doesn't aid weight loss, analysis says
    An analysis of 29 studies found that adding extra servings of dairy products may have had a small, beneficial effect on weight loss in the short term but made no significant difference in weight loss or weight maintenance overall. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • One-third of children do not get food allergy test, study shows
    An online survey showed 70% of children with food allergy symptoms received a physician's diagnosis but 32% did not get a screening test, Northwestern University researchers reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Minority and low-income children were more likely to have untreated food allergies, and only 20% of children who had a diagnostic test had an oral food challenge, which is considered the gold standard. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • 15 states require schools to follow food-allergy policies
    Beginning Aug. 1, school districts in Texas were required to adopt and adhere to policies regarding students with food allergies. Texas became the 15th state to require such guidelines. "It helps us protect them in case they were to come into contact accidentally with an allergen to which they can have a life-threatening reaction," said Dr. Drew Bird, director of the Food Allergy Center at Children's Medical Center. (Fort Worth, Texas) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • Don't forget to tune in to "Chopped" tonight
    Don't forget to help cheer on your fellow school nutrition professionals tonight 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 tonight 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 tonight 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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