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March 11, 2013
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  • Texas school's breakfast program is in the spotlight
    A Texas elementary school was the focus of a video, produced by Kellogg Co., celebrating National School Breakfast Week. The video details the school's breakfast program, which serves about 350 students, and the effect it has on students and their families. Among other things, students and parents say the meals help students concentrate and eat healthier. Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Conn. schools encouraged to begin breakfast programs
    Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has launched the Connecticut No Kid Hungry campaign with the anti-hunger group End Hunger Connecticut, which will seek to increase participation in school-breakfast programs. Statewide, about 64% of schools offer breakfast. The 300 schools in the state not currently offering breakfast will be sent letters asking them to begin such programs and also will be encouraged to serve meals in the classroom. The Hartford Courant (Conn.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • L.A. group wants urban gardens to replace food deserts
    Los Angeles "guerrilla gardener" Ron Finley and his nonprofit group L.A. Green Grounds want to reduce the number of food deserts in the city by planting gardens in some 26 square miles of vacant lots. His goal is to teach children to garden. "Growing your own food is like printing your own money," Finley said. LAist.com (Los Angeles) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Short bouts of exercise may improve cognitive function in youths
    A Dutch analysis of studies involving 586 6- to 35-year-olds showed that short periods of moderately intense exercise were associated with significant improvements in higher-order cognitive function such as self-control. The impact of brief exercise on cognition could have relevance for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism, researchers said. The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. HealthDay News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Children's diets may be swayed by celebrities
    Children were more likely to eat snack foods endorsed by celebrities, even when the celebrity was seen in a context other than the advertisement, according to a U.K. study to be published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Children did not consume any less of snack foods that were not endorsed by celebrities, indicating that endorsers' influence contributed to overeating, researchers said. MyHealthNewsDaily.com (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Pa. district asked to review ban on parent visits at lunch time
    School board members in a Pennsylvania district want a decision reviewed that prevents parents from eating lunch with their children in school cafeterias. A temporary ban, put in place after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, recently was made permanent. Supporters say the ban was intended to increase student safety, while opponents question whether it unfairly penalizes parent-volunteers who already must pass strict background checks. The York Dispatch (Pa.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SNA accepting online comments for Competitive Foods Task Force
    USDA recently released a proposed rule to develop a national policy on the sale of competitive foods in schools. The Competitive Foods Task Force recently met to begin drafting SNA's comments on the rule. The Task Force is soliciting input from the SNA membership to ensure that the Association's comments are reflective of the membership's concerns. If you are an SNA member and would like to share your comments, you can submit them via the SNA website. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School Nutrition explores personal health and wellness
    If you're ready to take steps that will leave you happier, more energized and more likely to live a rich, full life, don't miss the March digital issue of School Nutrition. This issue explores topics in health and wellness as part of the magazine's annual personal development issue. Also, learn how operators and industry are addressing the challenges of new nutrition standards for whole grains in school meals. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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