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March 18, 2013
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  • Minn. seeks to boost school-breakfast participation
    A push is under way in Minnesota to increase the number of students eating breakfast at school, with supporters saying such efforts would help students learn and improve the local economy. "It could be a grab-and-go model for high schools or middle schools where, as they come in off the buses, they're grabbing a breakfast and then they're eating it at their lockers," said Jason Langworthy, outreach coordinator at Children's Defense Fund Minnesota, "or having breakfast delivered to first-period classes so that students are eating and continuing that curriculum time." Public News Service (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School Update 
  • Grab-and-go breakfasts are linked to higher achievement
    A Nebraska elementary school has seen improved student achievement and a decline in the number of students complaining of hunger during the school day since launching a Grab and Go breakfast program. Some say grab-and-go has become an increasingly popular option -- in part because it helps serve students who may be running late in the morning. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Charlotte, N.C., volunteers build vegetable gardens at school
    Hidden Valley Elementary School staff and families volunteered to build raised-bed vegetable gardens as part of the "Healthy Children, Healthy Families" program in Charlotte, N.C. The Friendship Garden is one of 10 gardens sponsored by Novant Health Foundations and some of the harvested produce will go to the Friendship Trays' Meals on Wheels program. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
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  Trends & Research 
  • Childhood obesity linked to higher mortality risk in critical illness
    U.S. researchers reviewed 28 studies involving hospitalized 2- to 18-year-olds and found that obesity was associated with an increased risk of dying among those who were critically ill. Some studies also showed a link between childhood obesity and longer length of hospital stay. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. HealthDay News (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • School meal program has history of support
    The national school lunch and breakfast programs have a history of bipartisan support. U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., say that events in their childhood helped them to recognize the value in school meals and shaped their support for the federal meal program. "I think that's one of the success stories of the programs, is that it has been administered wisely and they are accepted well across the country and provide a lot of benefits for a lot of students who otherwise would not be as healthy as they are," Cochran said of the program's bipartisan support. Roll Call (free content) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • SNF to host webinar on Chefs Move to Schools
    On Wednesday, March 20, the School Nutrition Foundation will be offering a free webinar entitled, "Partner Up for PR Success with Chefs Move to Schools." The goal of this webinar is to help you get started with a Chefs Move to Schools program. Participants will hear from both chefs and directors that have successfully implemented a chef partnership in their district and used it to support PR and marketing efforts. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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