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February 4, 2013
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • USDA seeks to regulate calories in school snacks, vending machines
    Under a proposal issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, school snacks could be subject to a new set of federal standards. The guidelines would expand nutritional standards that already apply to traditional school meals to also include a la carte items and food and drinks sold in school vending machines. The proposal calls for most snacks to include fewer than 200 calories and could be in place next year following a public comment period. USA Today (2/1), San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Online Payments: Now Mobile on iPhone & Android!
Horizon is the first and only company to offer a mobile app for K-12 school meal payments. Busy parents can check account balances, review purchase history, & make payments right from their iPad, iPhone, or Android device. The app is available in the Apple® App Store™ and the Google® Play Store™. Can be used in any district using MyPaymentsPlus. Learn more.
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Taste the New Standards: 11 New Poultry Products
New regulations for school meal patterns mean new challenges. Fortunately, for Tyson it means an opportunity to develop new products. Tyson Foods has made it easier for you to deliver nutritious, yummy products that meet and exceed government guidelines starting now with 11 new chopped and formed poultry products that are Kid Tested Kid Approved®!
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Cookbook author offers tips for gluten-free baking
    Cookbook author Martha Rose Shulman, whose sister is gluten intolerant, finds creating her own gluten-free flour for baking is better than using commercial mixes. She got some advice from Gluten-Free Girl Shauna James Ahern and used a mixture of 70% gluten-free grain and 30% starch to develop a banana-chocolate muffin recipe. Using a scale to weigh ingredients instead of measuring volume is especially important in gluten-free baking because it includes working with formulas, Shulman says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Ethnic foods, veggies top U.S. chefs' hot-trend lists
    Ethnic flavors are expected to heat up, higher-quality casual fare is on the rise, and game birds, new fish species and vegetables are landing on the center of the plate more often, U.S. chefs say in this roundup. "I think our nation's obsession with food and access to information through blogs and social media allows people to be more knowledgeable about different foods, techniques and cultures, so they're more willing to dive in," said Birmingham, Ala., chef and restaurateur Chris Hastings. Forbes/Travel Guide blog (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy drinks can be harmful to teens, study says
    Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster Energy Assault and Rockstar contain about 160 milligrams of caffeine in a 16-ounce can and can pose health risks to teens, including rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure and obesity, according to report in the journal Pediatrics in Review. Daily intake of more than 100 mg of caffeine is considered unhealthy for teens, lead author Dr. Kwabena Blankson said. HealthDay News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Colo. school breakfast bill sparks questions
    In Colorado, proposed legislation that would require some schools to provide breakfast for all students after the school day begins has raised questions over the potential cost of initiating the program. Some members of the state board of education are questioning whether the breakfast program can be made optional, as they are worried about a possible loss of local control. Supporters, however, are rallying support behind the bill, which would be mandatory for schools in which 70% or more of students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Education News Colorado (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day."
--Laozi,
Chinese philosopher


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