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September 7, 2012
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • SNA: School-level staff key to marketing healthy meals
    Schools in New Jersey are using videos, posters and other means to encourage students to eat healthier meals, which include more greens and less salt and fat. "I really believe that at the individual school level, managers and food staff are really key elements in that marketing piece," said Sandra Ford, the president of the School Nutrition Association. "They are the ones that see the kids every day, talk to students every day, and they have to yum up, make talk yummy so that [the] child wants to select that fruit or vegetable." The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • "5-2-1-0 Let's Go" program debuts in Texas district
    A Texas school district is implementing the national "5-2-1-0 Let's Go" program, intended to curb childhood obesity, in the second week of the school year. The numbers serve as guides for nutrition and fitness, such as eating five or more fruits and vegetables and limiting recreational screen time to two hours or less. The district also is seeking to reduce the emphasis on food as reward, instead giving students additional time for recess or allowing them to eat lunch with a teacher. Tri County Leader (Whitehouse, Texas) (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food service director sets bar high for student health
    Kimberly Smyth, director of food service in a Massachusetts school district, said students have embraced healthier meals, including whole-grain French toast and baked chicken nuggets. Now, she is planning to work with a nutritionist to develop "sports packs" -- healthy snacks that student-athletes can pick up before practice or a game. Plans also are under way to introduce "Adventure Thursday" in elementary and middle schools, when students will get to suggest menu items. Wicked Local/Hingham, Mass. (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • How to emphasize a healthy lifestyle to children
    Parents should be careful to emphasize overall good health rather than just warning about obesity when talking to their children, registered dietitian Katherine Zeratsky writes. She suggests that parents be role models for eating nutritious foods and being active, that they include children in meal planning and teach them about listening to their body's cues on hunger. blog (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Restaurants right-size portions to feed changing appetites
    Restaurant chains have taken heat for cutting portion sizes as recently as 2004, but high-profile anti-obesity campaigns, menu labeling laws and consumers' increasing focus on both physical and financial well-being have spurred growing demand for menus that offer the option of smaller portions. Chains from T.G.I. Friday's to California Pizza Kitchen to Ruth's Chris Steak House have added smaller, less pricey meals to the menu this year. Restaurant Management magazine (9/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Philadelphia sees decline in childhood obesity rates
    A study in Philadelphia found the rate of obesity among public-school students declined by 5% between 2006 and 2010. Officials attributed a local focus on health and nutrition, including in the school system, which has banned sodas and high-sugar drinks from vending machines, established district-wide snack standards, offered free breakfasts to all students and made other changes. The Philadelphia Inquirer (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sedentary activities tied to unhealthy eating habits in teens
    Teens who spend more than four hours daily watching television, playing computer games and using the Internet were more likely to drink sugary beverages and less likely to eat fruits than those who spend less than two hours on such activities, researchers reported in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Legal battle continues over high-fructose corn syrup
    The Corn Refiners Association has counter-sued the Sugar Association for suggesting that high-fructose corn syrup causes obesity and other health problems. The American Medical Association has said evidence against high-fructose corn syrup is not enough to warrant restrictions, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest said data do not show it is nutritionally worse than sugar. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • School nutrition hot topic videos
    Like most of your school nutrition peers, you probably receive plenty of questions about school meals from parents, teachers and other stakeholders. To help you address these inquiries, SNA has launched a series of videos featuring real-life answers from school nutrition operators around the country. SNA anticipates adding additional videos throughout 2012-13, highlighting such topics as working with chefs, getting kids to make healthy choices and understanding key food safety steps. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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