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September 21, 2012
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USDA Compliant Entrees that Students Love
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  School Update 
  • W.Va. schools serve students three meals a day
    Last year, nearly 100 West Virginia schools served about 250,000 free dinners to students through the "at-risk supper program" that has been in place since 2005, said Rick Goff, executive director of the state's office of child nutrition. Schools are eligible for the program if at least half of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, he said. Charleston Daily Mail (W.Va.) (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School-meal standards establish limits for meat
    New federal guidelines for school meals set a weekly maximum amount of meat or meat alternative that students can be served at lunch. Shelley Johnson, a registered dietitian with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, said the new requirements allow schools to serve about the same amount of calories from protein as they did under previous rules, which creates opportunities for more nutrient-rich lean meat menu choices. Feedstuffs (Minnetonka, Minn.) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Cravings may be how the body signals what it needs, dietician says
    Food cravings may be the body's way of saying it needs something, such as when people who do not get enough sleep want sweets because of the sugar for an energy burst, says registered dietitian Katie Boles of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. A craving for macaroni and cheese or other comfort foods may signal a need to reduce stress; a yen for soft drinks could mean dehydration; and a desire to load up on carbs could indicate the body is not getting enough food for satiety. WFMY-TV (Greensboro, N.C.) (9/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dietitian shares tips for lowering children's cholesterol
    Cholesterol levels in children have gone a bit lower in recent years, but there's more work to do, says registered dietitian Karen Ansel. "The best way for parents to lower their child’s total and/or LDL cholesterol is by switching to fats that are plant based, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, canola oil and olive oil, and limiting animal fats such as butter, red meat, cream cheese and full-fat cheese." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • High stress levels may predict girls' obesity risk
    A 10-year study of 2,379 black and white girls since age 10 showed an association between perceived stress and body mass index. Although stress levels predicted higher weight in both blacks and whites, researchers said the link was more pronounced in blacks. The findings appear in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. United Press International (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Should schools set lunch monitor-to-student ratios?
    In a Canadian school district, one lunch supervisor can be responsible for more than 50 students at a time, according to data obtained from internal documents. Some say that is too many and have expressed concerns about safety. School board officials, however, have decided not to establish lunch monitor-to-student ratios in schools and say the quality of supervision is more important than the numbers. Calgary Herald (Alberta) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • SNA's 2012-13 Promotional Calendar
    As your school district gets back into full swing, now is the time to mark your calendar for the different promotions and celebrations you plan to conduct throughout the 2012-13 school year. To help you get started, turn to SNA's online Promotional Calendar, a free member service produced by the editorial staff of School Nutrition. The calendar includes monthly, weekly and daily celebrations. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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