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March 22, 2013
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  • How some schools are combining lunch, learning
    Students at a Connecticut school can watch cooking demonstrations, play games and access "learning carts" all while eating lunch. The cafeteria boasts a mural, menu monitors and other interactive features. Some say such cafeteria transformations can yield better student behavior and improve school culture. WTNH-TV (New Haven, Conn.) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Farm-to-school is long-term effort to fight obesity
    FoodCorps service projects are expanding across the U.S. as part of the growing farm-to-school movement aimed at fighting childhood obesity. FoodCorps co-founder Debra Eschmeyer said it is a long-term effort that requires patience, but she hopes that years from now other countries will look at the U.S. farm-to-school program and say "That is how you raise a healthy nation." Mother Nature Network (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas district launches free dinner program for students
    Students at 32 campuses in the Houston Independent School District now have access to free dinners after school as part of a partnership between the district and the 21st Century Community Learning Center program. Officials say the program will help ensure students get proper nutrition and do not go hungry. District officials say they hope to offer the program at 50 campuses next school year. KILT-AM/KILT-FM (Houston) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • CDC data show low prediabetes awareness among Americans
    A CDC report revealed only 11% of 79 million Americans with prediabetes were aware that they had the condition. "We need people to understand their risk and take action if they are at risk for diabetes. We know how to prevent type 2 diabetes, or at least delay it, so there are things people can do, but the first step is knowing what your risk is -- to know if you have prediabetes," report author Ann Albright said. The findings were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Extra carbs in childhood could have long-term effects
    Animal research seems to indicate that a high-carbohydrate diet early in life may lead to weight gain that cannot be reversed later on through dieting. "Our hypothesis has been that the introduction of baby foods too early in life increases carbohydrate intake, thereby boosting insulin secretion and causing metabolic programming that ... predisposes the child to obesity," said Dr. Mulchand Patel. The study was published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism. (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Pa. district seeks to adopt new rule on school-meal debt
    Under a proposed new policy, a Pennsylvania school district would take additional steps to ensure students do not have outstanding school-meal balances -- even withholding diplomas if charges are not paid. "The overall philosophy of (the policy) is we have to be fiscally responsible," district officials recently told school board members. Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Pa.) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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