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February 19, 2013
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  • School nutrition professionals learn tricks of the trade
    School nutrition professionals in Oklahoma participated in a training session Monday in which they learned the importance of knife skills and creative ways to get students to eat their fruits and vegetables. Among the tips was to offer students samples as they wait in line. Nancy Sitler, child nutrition director at Sapulpa Public Schools, said mixing iceberg lettuce with fresh Romaine allows students to eat something more familiar to them. Tulsa World (Okla.) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Southwestern Orange-BBQ Chicken Flatbread
Made with Florida orange juice, chicken breasts and barbecue sauce, Southwestern Orange-BBQ Chicken Flatbread is a tasty, tangy modernization of the standard pizza that students will love. Get more kid-friendly recipes using Florida citrus here.
  School Update 
  • All students are eligible for free meals in some N.Y. schools
    In Niagara Fall, N.Y., officials expect that two more schools soon will qualify for a program in which all students at the school are eligible for free meals -- bringing the city's total to nine. Under the new option from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch Program, at least 40% of the school's enrollment must qualify for free meals in order to qualify for universal free meals. The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Taste the New Standards: 11 New Poultry Products
New regulations for school meal patterns mean new challenges. Fortunately, for Tyson it means an opportunity to develop new products. Tyson Foods has made it easier for you to deliver nutritious, yummy products that meet and exceed government guidelines starting now with 11 new chopped and formed poultry products that are Kid Tested Kid Approved®!
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Farmers promote healthy eating during Food Check-Out Week
    U.S. Farm Bureaus are sending local farmers into grocery stores during Food Check-Out Week to help educate shoppers about eating a healthy diet on a budget. Farmer Jeremy Thomas in Pittsfield, Ill., says farmers promote fresh fruits and vegetables and tell shoppers it is less expensive and healthier to buy unprocessed foods to prepare themselves. The event this week is a bridge to National Nutrition Month in March. The Quincy Herald-Whig (Ill.) (2/17), The Yuma Daily Sun (Ariz.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Poor stress response may increase obesity risk in children
    Children who had higher cortisol levels in response to stressors showed higher BMI and consumed more calories despite the absence of hunger compared with those who only had slightly elevated cortisol rates, a study found. The results in the journal Appetite suggest that children who have a poor response to stress may be at an increased risk of obesity. Yahoo/Asian News International (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Portion size may be key for reducing obesity
    Portion size may be the answer to controlling the obesity problem in the U.S., Cass Sunstein writes in this article. With clear information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the correlation between portion size and weight, as well as employee feedback asking for change, Google overhauled its employee cafeteria to offer smaller portions and fewer calorie-laden choices. As a result, employees were better able to manage their weight and many offered positive feedback about the cafeteria's changes. Restaurants should take note, Sunstein suggests. Bloomberg (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Colo. officials weigh costs of serving breakfast after school day starts
    State lawmakers in Colorado are considering legislation that would require schools to provide free breakfast for students after the school day begins if at least 70% of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, but some are calling for lawmakers to raise the bar to 80%, which would help balance costs, they say. Still, advocates contend that raising the number could leave more than 60,000 students without a healthy meal to start the day. Education News Colorado (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • "Be a Star" with National School Breakfast Week
    Did you know that over 12 million students each day are served by the School Breakfast Program? All the more reason you should join school cafeterias nationwide March 4 through 8 in celebrating National School Breakfast Week. This year's theme, "Be a Star with School Breakfast," highlights how eating a balanced breakfast at school helps students shine. If you are still in the planning process, visit the official NSBW website for promotional ideas and resources. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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