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  • USDA official's visit to Minn. includes focus on schools
    Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and oversees the National School Lunch Program, will be in Minnesota this week. His schedule includes a roundtable discussion on school food, as well as a visit to St. Paul Public Schools to eat with students and learn more about the district's farm-to-school program. Minnesota Public Radio (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School Update 
  • School nutrition professionals compete for top chef honors
    Kathleen Albertson was one of the 20 school nutrition professionals who recently competed at the seventh annual Georgia School Nutrition Association State Culinary Competition. Albertson's dish was a healthier version of her recipe for black-eyed peas. "She's got a really good heart for wanting to serve attractive food to the kids," Peggy Reich, foodservice director for the Douglas County School System, said of Albertson, adding: "It's not like a job. It's more a passion for her I'd say." Douglas County Sentinel (Douglasville, Ga.) (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School leaders help launch "Let's Move! Active Schools"
    John Skretta, superintendent of Norris Public Schools in Nebraska, was one of six people to participate in a recent call-in program with first lady Michelle Obama, in which she launched her "Let's Move! Active Schools" initiative. About 250 school leaders called into the program to learn more about the initiative -- focused on boosting physical activity in schools. During the call, Skretta revealed that, in his district, schools broadcast music at times during the day and get students moving on walking paths and in before- and after-school programs. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Healthy diet has to fit with lifestyle, dietitian says
    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Total Diet Approach to Healthy Eating initiative argues there is "no blanket approach" that will work for every person, says registered dietitian Brian Miller, an AND spokesman. Miller says some people do not like to cook, while others may have ethnic preferences, so diets have to be flexible, fit with a person's lifestyle and account for chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. The Reporter-Herald (Loveland, Colo.) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Study shows Mediterranean-style diet can be economical
    A six-week Mediterranean-style cooking program that included providing healthy recipes and ingredients to make home meals helped study participants reduce food costs by more than half, rely less on food banks and lose weight over 34 weeks, according to registered dietitian Mary Flynn, who co-authored the study published in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. Flynn said the study shows it is cost-effective to include a few plant-based meals in the food budget each week. RedOrbit (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Schools strike balance between nutrition standards, taste
    School nutrition professionals in a Georgia district are working to prepare meals that meet new federal nutrition guidelines but also are appealing to students -- and cost-effective. Part of the transition has included the addition of more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. "By serving those options, putting them out there, encouraging them to try them," Lydia Martin, the nutrition director for Savannah-Chatham County Schools, said, "[t]hen hopefully they will be a fruit and vegetable lover." WSAV-TV (Savannah, Ga.) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • STEPS Challenge health and wellness tools
    While the weather may not be cooperating in your neck of the woods, spring has arrived! And it's the perfect time to take a fresh approach to your health. If you haven't already, consider registering for the STEPS Challenge, SNA's personal wellness program for members. It's simple, free and you can win great prizes every month just for participating. Visit to learn more. The April challenge, which is all about guilt-free dinners, begins next week! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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