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September 6, 2012
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  • Should breakfast be served in the classroom?
    A recent study finds that schools in New Jersey could increase participation in school breakfast programs by serving the meals in the classroom, after the instructional day has begun. Findings also show that such a change would help improve achievement among students. In a recent survey, 68% of schools that serve breakfast do so before the school day begins. (Hackensack, N.J.) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • School lunch lines could resemble buffets
    As school nutrition professionals implement new federal meal standards, Kris Spellman, director of food service in a Nebraska district, said some changes to the physical layout of the school cafeteria line will need to be made to ensure meals are served quickly and efficiently. They include removing plastic panels that require students to point to what they want. Instead, she suggests installing "sneeze guards" similar to those found in restaurant buffets, allowing students to take what they want. The Grand Island Independent (Neb.) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC school lunches are more nutritious, shorter on calories
    New York City's efforts to improve student nutrition have had the unexpected side effect of creating school meals with fewer calories than the minimum in federal standards, officials said. City nutrition officials are fine-tuning menus to help ensure they meet federal nutrition rules; steps include reducing the minimum calorie requirements by more than 200 calories for some grade levels and also setting maximum calorie limits. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Why millennials will forever change the food system
    Millennials' grocery-shopping priorities differ from those of baby boomers. While cost is still a critical concern, millennials justify higher prices for fresh and healthy food. Also, a lack of brand loyalty leads them to explore specialty products and buy products online. Forbes (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dietitian offers a checklist for beginning a healthy-eating plan
    A fresh start on a healthy routine for the fall begins with creating a weekly meal plan and shopping for it, writes registered dietitian Kerri-Ann Jennings. After filling the pantry with healthy food and hiding tempting treats, Jennings writes, plan on having a fruit or vegetable at every meal, pack a lunch and make sure to schedule time for exercise. The Huffington Post (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • USDA: 22% of U.S. children were food insecure last year
    Twenty-two percent of U.S. children in 2011 lived in homes that could not provide them with "adequate, nutritious" food, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service. "While the majority of Americans have consistent, dependable access to nutritious food, food insecurity ... continues to be a challenge among certain low income households at times during the year," said Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. The Washington Post/All We Can Eat blog (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Dining companions may influence weight gain
    People who dine with friends or dates who order unhealthy and higher-calorie dishes tend to mirror the behavior, according to research published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The behavior explains why groups of friends tend to gain weight at the same time and women often put on pounds after starting a relationship, the research says. The Telegraph (London) (9/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Mass. district debates best approach to unpaid meal debt
    While a committee in a Massachusetts school district is calling for a policy to address delinquent meal accounts, officials say they should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The debate focuses on how best to encourage families -- some who owe $3,000 to $4,000 in unpaid meal debt -- to pay their bills. The School Nutrition Association recommends school districts have policies to "consistently address the circumstance." North Adams Transcript (Mass.) (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • ANC 2013 call for proposals
    Mark your calendar now for SNA's 2013 Annual National Conference (ANC) in Kansas City, Mo., July 14 to 17. The "School Nutrition Event of the Year" is your chance to instruct, inform and inspire by submitting your proposal to present an education session. The ANC 2013 education program will explore key topics in the areas of operations, nutrition, administration and communications and marketing. Proposals must be received by Sept. 30th. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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