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September 11, 2012
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Daily news about school nutrition

  Top Story 
  • Schools are shifting to whole grain
    The most popular way for schools to meet new federal standards for whole grains is in pizza crusts, according to the School Nutrition Association's "2012 Back to School Trends Report." Schools also are using whole grains in pasta, rice, cereal and other dishes in an effort to meet the USDA's requirement that half of all grain products served in schools this year must be whole grain. By the 2014-15 school year, whole grains will be served exclusively. (free registration) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Healthier school meals include less sodium
    Schools in Wisconsin are working to align their meals with federal nutrition standards and say the changes include increasing students' access to fruits and vegetables and lowering their sodium intake. School nutrition professionals say students are more likely to eat vegetables if they dip them in ranch dressing. However, students are limited to one packet because of the sodium content of the salad dressing. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Changes made to Presidential Physical Fitness Award
    Beginning in the next school year, the Presidential Physical Fitness Award will be replaced with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program. Under the change, officials say the emphasis will be on students' health, not a measure of performance. The fitness award measured students' ability to do push-ups, pull-ups and run a mile. The new program will assess students' aerobic capacity, body composition, flexibility, muscle strength and muscular endurance. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S.C. school playground to become Healthy Fitness Zone
    Springdale Elementary School in South Carolina is turning its playground into a Healthy Fitness Zone for students and the community. The school is partnering with the city of Springdale to raise funds for a site that will include athletic fields, exercise equipment, a walking path and an amphitheater. The State (Columbia, S.C.) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Berries top dietitian's list of fat-fighting foods
    Berries are at the top of registered dietitian Kim Schwabenbauer's list of foods that help fight fat because they increase a hormone that helps burn fat. Pistachios come in second because they contain protein and fiber that make people feel fuller, followed by Greek yogurt, an egg for breakfast and green tea. WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh) (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Go meatless with 3 vegan alternatives
    When prepared correctly, seitan, tofu and tempeh are healthy alternatives to animal proteins that can make even the most stubborn meat lovers salivate. "Eating these vegan staples when they are prepared correctly and in a variety of different flavor profiles and dishes could change your attitude toward them," said Jennifer Stack, an assistant professor at the CIA. Poughkeepsie Journal (N.Y.)/Gannett News Service (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • City sets minimum for outdoor play areas at elementary schools
    All new elementary schools built in Milwaukee will be required to include outside play areas under a new city ordinance intended to help curb childhood obesity. The ordinance requires that each student have at least 75 square feet of space. However, schools can request approval to transport students to off-campus play areas that provide the same amount of space for students. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • Register today for SNA's 2013 Child Nutrition Industry Conference in San Antonio
    Discover how building essential partnerships will bring about the results your operation needs to succeed at SNA's upcoming Child Nutrition Industry Conference (CNIC), Jan. 13 to 15. This annual meeting will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas, and its theme, "Where Partners Create Possibilities" will provide the information you need to gain new ideas to transform your school nutrition operation. Online registration is open now. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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