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September 26, 2012
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • School cafeteria manager competes on the Food Network
    The cafeteria manager for a Tennessee school district competed Tuesday night on the Food Network's cooking competition, "Chopped." Cindy Tinnel said she used the opportunity to discuss her priorities of serving healthy, hot meals to students. "This is absolutely my passion in life," she said. "A healthy student will make a healthy adult one day." The Tennessean (Nashville) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Pinterest inspires recipes served in schools
    The food service director in an Oregon school district said nutrition professionals are using creativity to meet new federal standards for school meals -- especially restrictions on grain. Toni Silbernagel said she got one idea, from the social-networking website Pinterest, for lettuce-wrapped sandwiches and an apple sandwich. "It's a quarter-cup of peanut butter, granola and chocolate chips between two apple slices," she said. Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.)/The Stayton Mall (free registration) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Kale is loaded with nutrition, dietitians say
    Kale is a cruciferous vegetable loaded with nutrition, offering a broad range of antioxidants and high vitamin levels for heart health, said registered dietitian Cheryl Harris. Kale has been shown to reduce cholesterol and aid digestion, and it may play a role in cancer risk reduction, but dietitians said it also can be hard on the digestive system when eaten raw. The Washington Post (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dietitians offer ideas to tackle challenges of eating healthy
    There are easy ways to work around the expense and challenge of healthy eating, such as buying lower-cost sources of protein instead of meat and shopping for local produce in season, dietitians said. They suggested checking restaurant websites for menu breakdowns, filling the grocery cart half full of produce and committing to trying healthier options more than once. The Washington Post/Consumers Union (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Health risks for obese children may be worse than previously thought
    An analysis involving almost 50,000 children revealed that childhood obesity was tied to even greater health risks later in life, including heart disease and diabetes, than previously thought. The findings, based on 63 studies published between 2000 and 2011, appear in the journal BMJ. WebMD (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Studies: Sugary drinks play leading role in obesity epidemic
    Three studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was linked to greater weight gain among Americans. Two of the studies found that drinking noncaloric drinks could lower children's weight gain. Another study found that people who drank sugary beverages were twice as likely to gain weight because of genetic factors than people who did not drink such beverages. (9/22), Reuters (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Should schools place ads on school-lunch trays?
    An Ohio school district received an offer this week from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, which offered to pay to place pro-vegan advertisements on school-lunch trays. The district has a $13 million budget shortfall, and has not responded to PETA's offer. "We just haven't had the time to thoroughly review it," said district spokeswoman Roseann Canfora. "We haven't allowed advertisements on school lunch trays in the past, but it raises some interesting questions about whether that's a legitimate revenue source." StateImpact Ohio (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SNA News 
  • USDA revises questions and answers on the meal pattern
    USDA's Food and Nutrition Service recently released three documents, including a revised Questions and Answers on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. In addition, USDA released Short and Long Week adjustments for schools that regularly operate on a short or long week schedule. These resources, along with other tools to aid in adjusting to the new meal pattern, are available to SNA members online. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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