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March 12, 2013
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • Mass. schools seek to overcome challenges at breakfast time
    School nutrition professionals in some Massachusetts districts have tried various ways to encourage greater participation in breakfast programs, including serving meals in classrooms and on breakfast carts. However, as the state launches a new initiative -- offering grants to districts to invest in breakfast promotions and programs -- foodservice directors say a lack of time in the morning, insufficient staff and other obstacles are hindering progress. MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Students in N.Y. district test new recipes
    School nutrition professionals in Ithaca, N.Y., are creating new school meal recipes that align with federal standards and ensuring students have a say in final decisions. So far, students have been part of the vetting process for new meals such as Tuscan Tomato Pie, Pasta Fazool and "power hummus." Ithaca Times (N.Y.) (3/8) 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 
  • FDA offers advice on Nutrition Facts label
    The FDA, marking the 40th National Nutrition Month, is urging shoppers to read the Nutrition Facts label. When consulting the label, the FDA says, take into consideration the serving size, calorie count and daily value of nutrients. Progressive Grocer (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Milk products have quality proteins, nutrition experts say
    Dairy products such as milk and yogurt provide high-quality proteins that help with heart health, weight and glucose control, and digestion, nutrition experts said. Registered dietitian Nancy Rodriguez said the best way to get these proteins is through food rather than supplements, and it is important that intake be spread throughout the day by including protein in each meal. Today's Dietitian (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Losing weight while younger helps heart, research shows
    Johns Hopkins University researchers found in a study done with obese mice that losing weight earlier in life can give the heart a chance to repair damage caused by carrying extra pounds. Dr. Lili Barouch, a Hopkins cardiologist, said people should lose weight "as soon as possible" and not wait for major problems to occur. WJZ-TV (Baltimore) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • S.C. bill would restrict school vending-machine sales
    A state lawmaker in South Carolina has introduced legislation that would establish daily calorie limits for school lunches and restrict the items that can be sold in school vending machines. Under the bill, the vending machines could be stocked only with water, 100% fruit juices and fat-free or low-fat milk. Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Denmark, who introduced the bill, said his goal is to improve student nutrition. Some, however, question whether school fundraisers would be affected. WBTW-TV (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • SNA's new Little Big Fact Book available for purchase
    With increased media attention on foods served in schools, it is more critical than ever for stakeholders in school nutrition to understand this market segment. SNA's Little Big Fact Book features facts about the federal programs, USDA Foods, the school market and a variety of hot topics. It is designed to assist foodservice directors/managers, school administrators, foodservice brokers, marketing/sales teams, state/national legislators and the media understand the complex school nutrition business. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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