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September 10, 2012
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • Schools have improved their food environments, study says
    From 2006 to 2010, public elementary schools in the U.S. increased the healthiness of their food environments by 3 points on a scale of zero to 100, while private schools saw a 5-point improvement, according to research from the University of Illinois in Chicago. The report in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that public schools added restrictions on fundraisers, signed fewer vendor contracts for sugar-sweetened drinks and offered more whole grains, while more public and private schools offered only lower-fat milk and grew more school gardens. Reuters (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • More schools are serving breakfast in the classroom
    More schools are seeking to increase participation in school-breakfast programs by serving the meals in the classroom. In Knox County, Tenn., where students recently began eating breakfast in the classroom, officials say the program also has helped reduce tardiness and discipline problems. CNN/Schools of Thought (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • L.A. teachers want input in classroom breakfast program: Officials in Los Angeles say that more students are eating breakfast at 20 schools that have begun serving the meals in the classroom. Now, as the district prepares to expand the program to 279 schools, members of United Teachers Los Angeles are asking to weigh in on its implementation. To ease concerns over the loss of instruction time, some teachers are using breakfast time to take attendance or teach academic lessons using the meals. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food service director discusses challenges of the job
    In this interview, Paula Warner, the School Nutrition Association of Louisiana's director of the year, highlights the issue of childhood obesity and how it can be addressed. Warner says that while schools work to educate students, parents and others about nutrition, parents must buy into the process. "I think the school environment is a great opportunity to help reshape eating habits," she said. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • School employees use their hallways as a walking path
    The Howard County, Md., school district has a 72% participation rate in its Virgin HealthMiles wellness plan, in which employees walk laps around conference tables, in parking lots and through hallways to log steps. Ground services assistant manager Al Hansen, who added the walking-based program to his weight-loss regimen, has lost 66 pounds in two years and averages 15,000 steps per day. The Baltimore Sun (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Milk is best source for calcium, dietitian says
    U.S. Agriculture Department data show that milk sales in 2011 were down by half from the 1980s, and Mayo Clinic Health Systems registered dietitian Diane Dressel says lack of milk can harm bone health. She says calcium supplements or other dairy products may not contain needed levels of vitamin D or other nutrients and that "milk is still our very, very best source to get our calcium." WQOW-TV (Eau Claire, Wis.) (9/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Overweight children 9 and older eat fewer calories, study says
    Overweight or obese children 9 and older eat fewer calories than their normal-weight peers, but the opposite is true for younger children, a University of North Carolina School of Medicine study found. The report on the website of Pediatrics said a focus on caloric intake may be appropriate for younger children, but older youths should work to become more active. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Proposal would require Ariz. schools to stock epinephrine
    Some in Arizona are pushing for a change in state law that would require schools to do more to protect children who suffer from food allergies. Under the proposal, schools would be required to stock epinephrine -- used to treat individuals who have an allergic reaction to food. Currently, students are allowed to bring their own EpiPens. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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