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June 26, 2012
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  • What will vending, a la carte standards mean to school revenue?
    New federal standards expected to require that food sold in school vending machines or as a la carte items in cafeterias meet certain nutritional standards could increase revenue for schools, as more students opt to purchase traditional school meals, Nirvi Shah writes in this blog post. The federal standards, part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, were expected to be released in the spring. If the standards are released later this year, the long process to implement changes means it is likely they would be in place by the 2015-16 school year. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (6/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 

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  School Update 
  • SNA helps serve healthy meals to students over the summer
    Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia will be offering a Summer Food Service Program, which will provide free breakfast and lunch at 31 sites in the school district. Becky Domokos-Bays, the district's nutrition director, said the program is intended to help provide students with healthy meals over the summer. WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Training focuses on how to get students to eat healthier food
    In Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere, school nutrition professionals are being trained over the summer to implement new federal standards for school meals. Among other things, the employees will learn how to make more nutritious foods -- such as butternut squash and garbanzo beans -- appealing to students. Because students are more likely to choose a familiar food item, one strategy suggested during a recent training session is to prepare new items in new ways -- and on days when familiar items are not available. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (6/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wis. district pilots free breakfast program over the summer
    The Stevens Point Area Public School District in Wisconsin this summer is piloting a U.S. Department of Agriculture program in which students at three schools can receive free breakfast. The program is available to schools that meet certain income eligibility requirements, and participating schools are reimbursed for the meals. District officials said they want to expand the program to more sites after this year. Marshfield News-Herald (Wis.) (6/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Seamless Summer program continues meal service over school break
    Students in a California school district continue to be served free lunches when the school year ends through the Seamless Summer program. School nutrition professionals say families continue to rely on the food over the summer, and, for some families, the school meal is the main one of the day. "There's a tremendous need out there," said Billy Reid, director of child nutrition services. The Modesto Bee (Calif.) (6/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul again gets top ranking on fitness index
    Minneapolis-St. Paul is No. 1 on the American College of Sports Medicine's 2012 American Fitness Index for the second consecutive year because of the area's emphasis on physical activity. Oklahoma City ranked at the bottom of the list because of higher obesity and smoking rates. Reuters (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Being underweight brings diet, health challenges, experts say
    The 2% of U.S. adults who are underweight can struggle to gain pounds in a healthy way, and the condition may make it more difficult for them to fight disease, experts said. Registered dietitian Rachel Begun, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says efforts to gain weight should focus on the quality, not quantity, of dietary calories, with a goal of adding 1 pound per week with about 500 extra calories per day. CNN (6/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Research looks at exposure to food allergens among children
    Eighty-seven percent of 834 cases of allergic reactions to milk, eggs or peanuts in preschool children were attributed to accidental exposures, while 13% were nonaccidental, according to a study from National Jewish Health in Denver. Researchers said only 30% of severe reactions were appropriately treated with an epinephrine shot and that 50% of accidental reactions were from food provided by parents. USA TODAY (6/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Schools ban sweet birthday treats from classrooms
    Food-service directors in some Massachusetts districts say they have taken steps in recent years to ban parents from bringing cupcakes to schools to celebrate students' birthdays. Similar restrictions have been placed on other classroom celebrations involving food. At issue, officials say, is the danger of food allergies among students and their desire to help curb childhood obesity. Officials say students also are more prepared to learn when they eat nutritious food. MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.) (6/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • New Meal Pattern session at SNA's 2012 Annual Conference
    Feeling a little lost or stressed as you face the challenges of implementing the new meal pattern requirements? To help, SNA has planned an education session to be held at next month's Annual Conference in Denver. The session will be presented by the SNA Ad Hoc Meal Pattern Working Group and will provide you with sample menus, resources and other valuable tools needed to interpret and implement the new meal pattern regulations. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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