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September 19, 2012
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • Nutrition professionals adjust to healthier meal standards
    School nutrition professionals in a Pennsylvania district say the implementation of new federal standards for school meals has been a learning process. Diane Pratt-Haevner, spokeswoman for the School Nutrition Association, said the challenges include altering recipes for some menu items and also working with providers to purchase smaller servings of bread and other items aligned with the new standards. However, "these standards will ensure that every child will have access to a healthy, well-balanced meal at school," she said. Main Line Media News (Ardmore, Pa.) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Conn. SNA chapter names new president
    Susan Maffe recently was named president of the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut. Maffe, who has served as food service director for the Meriden district since 2004, was described by her peers as a hard worker who is knowledgeable of her field. Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.) (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Musical gets students fired up about being healthy
    A Kaiser Permanente theater program performs an interactive musical, "The Best Me," in Northern California schools to get students fired up about healthy lifestyles. At George Washington Elementary School in Madera, the program includes serving a healthy dinner for families and playground activities hosted by local organizations to get children to be more active. KFSN-TV (Fresno, Calif.) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Experts debate whether vegan diet is best for health
    A vegan diet can reduce pain, reverse or prevent disease and lower health costs, while eating animal protein can raise the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers, says T. Colin Campbell, a professor emeritus of nutritional sciences at Cornell University. Nancy Rodriguez, a nutrition professor at the University of Connecticut, says a balanced diet that includes dairy and protein is healthier overall than a vegan plan that can lead to nutrient deficiencies. The Wall Street Journal (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Half of Americans will be obese by 2030, report says
    A report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation projected that obesity rates would be at least 44% in each state and more than 60% in 13 states by 2030. Researchers also estimated as many as 7.9 million new cases of diabetes and 6.8 million new cases of chronic heart disease and stroke every year in the future. Reuters (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exercise can lower diabetes risk in overweight, obese children
    Undertaking 20 or 40 minutes of aerobic exercise daily lowered insulin resistance, overall body fat and abdominal fat of overweight and obese children, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed. Researchers found no gender or racial differences in the exercise-related decreases in diabetes risk factors. HealthDay News (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Experts weigh in on obesity policies
    Experts on public policy and nutrition share their thoughts about government's role in fighting obesity. "The government is up to its ears in policies that promote obesity," nutrition expert Marion Nestle says. Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, says, "The biggest disservice that public health has ever done to Americans is to make them believe that they and their kids were fat because the schools, the food companies, the fast-food restaurants and the government made them that way." The Wall Street Journal (9/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • SNA's 2012-13 Annual Membership Campaign
    With the theme of "One Voice for School Nutrition," SNA's annual membership campaign is an excellent opportunity to help strengthen the Association's influence. Plus, if you recruit five or more new members by May 31, 2013, you will be entered into a drawing to win a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands or a registration to SNA's 2014 Annual National Conference in Boston. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USDA launches The School Day Just Got Healthier
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service recently launched a back-to-school campaign to help raise awareness about the changes to school meals. For more information, as well as resources that you can use to promote the initiative, visit the Healthier School Day website. The toolkit is a collection of resources that includes brochures, fact sheets, FAQs, fliers, school lessons, templates and more. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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