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March 21, 2013
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • Urban districts form alliance to purchase food in bulk
    To help offer students healthy meals while keeping costs low, six school districts have formed an alliance in which they will purchase food and other items, such as biodegradable trays, in bulk. The alliance includes New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami and Orlando, Fla. "This show of solidarity is unprecedented," said David Binkle, Los Angeles Unified School District's foodservices director. "It demonstrates that all the school districts in the alliance can work together to implement the same programs while serving nutritious meals to our students," he added. The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School Update 
 
  • Australian schools adjust lunch breaks to meet students' needs
    Schools in Sydney, Australia, increasingly are taking a creative approach to scheduling student meals, with many schools making lunch earlier. The benefits, educators say, are that earlier lunches -- 10:50 a.m. at one school -- curb students' hunger and give them more energy to learn. The school also schedules snack breaks for students, during which students are encouraged to hydrate and eat healthy snacks at their desks. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Help boost fruit intake with 100% orange juice
100% Florida orange juice is a great way to complement whole fruit intake to help meet fruit intake recommendations: One 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice provides half of the USDA-recommended daily fruit intake for most adults, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Plus, it contains only the sugars naturally present in oranges.
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • What does the "natural" label really mean?
    The top five most popular foodservice buzzwords today are: local, fresh, natural, sustainable and artisan, none of which come with official definitions. Industry experts aim to clarify the terms in this glossary. QSR Magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Trends & Research 
  • Study shows healthiest, least-healthy counties in each state
    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed county-based data to create a list of the healthiest and least-healthy counties in each state. They said least-healthy counties had higher mortality rates, more than 20% of children living in poverty, and higher rates of smoking and physical inactivity. USA Today (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Policy Watch 
  • Md. school district takes steps to improve student safety
    A Maryland school district has adopted recommendations for improving student safety drawn up by a parent and administrator committee. The new rules affect a range of areas, including homemade snacks and parent and sibling visitations. Officials say they will review the policies, which have drawn some criticism, during summer break. USA Today (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • Darius Rucker to perform at ANC Final Event
    At this summer's Annual National Conference (ANC), July 14 to 17, country-rock superstar Darius Rucker will take the Kansas City stage to serenade SNA members with tunes such as his country hit, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It." And don't be surprised if you hear the sounds of Hootie hits, such as "Let Her Cry," adapted to incorporate a slight country twang. Haven't registered for the conference yet? Take advantage of online registration today! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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