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September 14, 2012
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USDA Compliant Entrees that Students Love
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  School Update 
  • Schools transition to new bread requirements
    School nutrition professionals in a North Dakota district say limits placed on bread under the new federal meal standards have presented the greatest challenge this school year, as staff must serve correct portion sizes based on student age and ensure breads are 51% whole grain. The district began the transition last year, and now 95% of bread served is made of whole grain. The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.) (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • School fitness test to emphasize having a healthy body
    The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is replacing the old fitness tests that rate schoolchildren using percentile scores for exercise ability with a program that uses "healthy fitness zone" measurements. The program will measure fitness based on research in the areas of cardiovascular fitness, body composition, muscle strength and endurance, and flexibility. WebMD (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Nutrition initiative to launch research effort on obesity
    The Nutrition Science Initiative has drawn $5 million in seed money for a 12- to 15-year research program that aims to reduce obesity rates in the U.S. from 35% to 15%. Co-founder Dr. Peter Attia said existing nutrition research is underfunded and hasn't tackled the tough questions, so the goal is to motivate scientists to begin new studies or to fund existing ones. San Diego Union-Tribune (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Timing of food consumption affects metabolism, study shows
    Mice that were fed a high-fat diet on an eating schedule weighed less than did those on unscheduled low-fat or high-fat diets with the same calorie count, according to a study from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The study in The FASEB Journal found that a scheduled diet resulted in a metabolism where fats were used for energy when food was not available. Medical News Today (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • School nutrition professionals to prepare celebratory treats
    A Virginia district has amended a proposed wellness policy to allow school nutrition professionals to prepare treats for school celebrations. An earlier version of the policy, approved Thursday, would have banned store-bought or homemade treats from schools. Under the final policy, parents can order and pay for treats, which can be served to students during lunch. The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New York becomes first city to prohibit large sugary drinks
    New York City's health board voted 8-0 with one abstention on Thursday in favor of restricting the sale of sugary drinks in sizes larger than 16 ounces. Despite claims that such a ban restricts personal freedom, the Health Department said that it has received a favorable response from the public. The approval of the bill is a major step to curb obesity and save lives, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Reuters (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • Share your student-favorite recipes on Tray Talk
    Visit to browse the new school-made recipes, resized for family cooking at home. Does your district have healthy recipes to share? Send your lunch or breakfast recipe (resized to family-friendly portions) and a photo to Your recipe may be featured on the Tray Talk website. Don't forget that Tray Talk is now on Facebook. Tray Talk provides parents nationwide with the latest trends, updates and information about school meals. Learn more.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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