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  • Ga. district encourages students to "break the fast"
    With students in Forsyth County, Ga., gearing up for standardized-test season, officials say it's a good time to encourage them to eat a healthy breakfast at school. Schools are celebrating National Breakfast Week, conducted through the Georgia School Nutrition Association in conjunction with National Nutrition Month. "We help them to understand that breakfast means 'break the fast' and that in the morning, you need to fuel your body so you can be ready to learn," said Valerie Bowers, director of food and nutrition services for the district. Forsyth County News (Cumming, Ga.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Wristbands aim to shed light on student wellness
    An Illinois school district is using a portion of a $15,000 grant from Fuel Up to Play 60 to purchase 60 wristbands made by Fitbit Flex that will track students' steps taken, distance traveled, active minutes, calories burned, the quality of sleep and the hours slept. The effort is intended to help reduce teenage obesity, and officials said students will take the wristbands home for several days and potentially use the data to make healthier choices. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Dinnertime rules can backfire, dietitian says
    Requiring children to clean their plate or to eat their vegetables sends the wrong message about healthy foods and can backfire on parents, nutrition experts say. Registered dietitian Kristi King says a better approach is creative negotiation, which involves including children in the decisions and making sure they see their parents enjoying healthy foods. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Incentive program helps children get more physical activity
    Participation in an incentive-based outdoor intervention yielded modest improvements in children's physical activity, researchers from Singapore found. Despite helping children meet activity goals, the intervention did not improve BMI or boost the overall health of the participants. The findings appear in The Journal of Pediatrics. Reuters (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parenting classes may help target childhood-obesity risk factors
    Children of parents who took specialized parenting classes consumed fewer sweets and sugary drinks and had less television screen time than those whose parents did not participate in such classes, a study indicated. However, the researchers found no differences in physical activity or BMI among the groups. The results were published in the journal Pediatrics. (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Should schools serve sweets during classroom parties?
    School districts in California are taking varied approaches to dealing with the consumption of sweets in the classroom -- with some issuing directives on what food can be served and others preferring a more informal approach. Opinions vary, however, with some parents saying a few sweets won't hurt students, especially those who are not overweight or ill. Officials in the Fruitvale district say they may adopt a more formal policy regarding snacks after school nurses attend an obesity conference next month. The Bakersfield Californian (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • STEPS Challenge health and wellness tools
    Have you registered for SNA's personal wellness program, the STEPS Challenge? Designed to help school nutrition professionals improve their quality of life, while embracing the healthy habits they promote in school cafeterias, the STEPS website is packed with challenge tools and online resources. The March challenge, which is all about taking time to eat breakfast, has already started! Be sure to visit to sign up today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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