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September 12, 2012
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  School Update 
  • Schools work to comply with new meal standards
    School nutrition professionals in New York and elsewhere say they expect some bumps along the way as they work to align their menus with new federal standards. For example, hamburger patties used in some schools do not comply with portion size adjustments for younger students when served with cheese, said Debbi Beauvais, president of the New York School Nutrition Association and district school nutrition supervisor at Gates Chili and East Rochester schools. Vendors are reworking formulations, but it is going to take some time, officials note. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School district, hospital teach "Go, Slow, Whoa" to students
    Montana's Missoula County Public Schools and St. Patrick Hospital are teaching students about good nutrition and using the "Go, Slow, Whoa" program to make menu changes and emphasize healthy food choices. School officials say the next challenge is educating parents that the district is offering student favorites, such as corn dogs and nachos, that are made from healthier ingredients. Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.) (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Healthy diet is important for back-to-school success, experts say
    Families should include a healthy diet at home as a tool to help their children find success in the classroom, experts say. Children's National Medical Center pediatric dietitian Megan Barna says a child's dietary habits can affect their energy level, mood and academic performance. Johns Hopkins neurologist Majid Fotuhi suggests starting with a Mediterranean-style diet for brain health and ensuring that children get plenty of vitamins B, C, E and D. The Washington Post (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • After-school snacks should pack a nutritional punch, dietitians say
    The best after-school snacks for children include fresh fruits and vegetables and provide nutrients, vitamins and fiber, say registered dietitians from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. Registered dietitian Sarah Winans of the Camas School District says she encourages parents to make sure their children are not "mindlessly eating in front of the TV or computer" because that can lead to overeating. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chef hopes new cooking school will boost Spanish food in the U.S.
    America is experiencing a shortage in authentic Spanish food as most restaurants blend several cultures such as Mexican, Dominican and Puerto Rican onto one menu. Chef and restauranteur José Andrés wants to remedy that problem by teaching Spanish language and cooking to chefs-in-training at the International Culinary Center in Manhattan. "If eventually we create a pool of thousands of people graduating from the program, this opens the possibility of thousands of new American restaurants putting out more authentic cooking," Andrés said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Minn. county reports spike in peanut allergies among children
    The number of children in Olmsted County, Minn., diagnosed with peanut allergies tripled from 1999 to 2007, according to a study in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Researchers found that more than 75% of newly diagnosed children with the allergies were younger than age 2 and about 70% were boys. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (free registration) (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Cities use health-reform money to push healthy behaviors
    Oklahoma City is among the communities using money from a $10 billion preventive health fund created by the Affordable Care Act to pay for programs that teach people about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise and help them get into disease-prevention programs. Public-health officials say these programs could create a cultural shift, while critics say they will have only a small effect on influencing behaviors unless they are backed by policies such as taxes on soda or restrictions on marketing to children. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • Sept. issue of School Nutrition offers disaster inspiration and wisdom
    The September digital issue of School Nutrition offers disaster inspiration and lessons learned from school nutrition operators who rose to the challenges Mother Nature presented. Also included are an overview of SNA's Annual National Conference held in Denver in July, as well as a look at some ideas for collaborations between school nutrition operations and a district's culinary arts training program. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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