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September 13, 2012
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Daily news about school nutrition

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  • White House chef part of virtual chat on school meals
    A special event will be held this evening in which White House Chef Sam Kass will discuss school meals. The program, "Virtual Back to School Night: The School Day Just Got Healthier!", will begin at 7 p.m. EDT, and educators and parents can participate online. There will be opportunities to submit questions and interact with Kass and other officials. Park, Md. (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
USDA Urges Directors to Use Prepayment Systems
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  School Update 
  • School nutrition professionals prepare for "new normal"
    School nutrition professionals in some Iowa schools say they are adjusting to the "new normal" of school meals, along with students. Changes include more fruits and vegetables and smaller portions of protein in some cases. Nutrition professionals also report some growing pains as students react to the healthier fare. "It is heartbreaking to see whole apples just pitched in the trash," said Amy A'Hearn, a food service director. "We're working with kids now, talking with them about picking foods that they know they will eat." The Indianapolis Star (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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How does Qdoba control their online menus?
Wednesday October 25, 1PM ET
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Not all sources of gluten are obvious, dietitian says
    Following a gluten-free diet includes watching out for hidden sources of gluten, which can be in condiments such as soy or bean sauce common in Chinese recipes, or in the coatings and fillers in vitamins and medications, registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman writes. Crumbs inside a toaster or peanut butter and spreads used by others in a household can contain transferred gluten from other products. U.S. News & World Report/Eat + Run blog (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Experts evaluate anti-obesity campaign messages
    Researchers at Yale University found anti-obesity initiatives that are seen as stigmatizing may not boost motivation to improve health or lead to weight loss. The messages that showed the most efficacy in promoting behavior change didn't mention obesity at all, researchers noted in the International Journal of Obesity. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • District could ban outside food from school celebrations
    A Virginia school district could ban store-bought or homemade food from school celebrations and parties. At issue, according to supporters, is the consumption of junk food and the potential for food poisoning and allergic reactions. One board member said he would suggest that food be allowed at parties, as long as it's made in the school district's cafeterias. The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • Have you registered for Fuel Up to Play 60?
    Between now and the end of this year, when you join Fuel Up to Play 60 and link to your school or district, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a free SNA conference registration. Just select "SNA" from the dropdown menu when prompted to indicate where you heard about the program. To learn more about the sweepstakes and the official rules, visit the SNA website. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Learn more.  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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