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April 24, 2012
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  • Vt. students compete to cut back on food waste
    Students at a Vermont elementary school recently competed to see which class could produce the least amount of food waste during school meals. Each day, students put their uneaten orange peels, potato skins and other items into compost buckets. The contents for each class were then weighed, and at the end of the program, the winning team will receive a trophy. One fifth-grader said he hopes to take the competition a step further by working with school nutrition professionals on menu items that would produce less food waste. Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School Update 
  • Families in Mo. district are grateful for school meals
    In Columbia, Mo., there has been an increase in the number of students receiving free or reduced-price meals over the past 10 years. In 2011, 38.9% of students participated in the program, which some families say they have come to rely on. Even while receiving meals at schools, officials say students who live in poverty have worries related to hunger and -- in some cases -- homelessness that can affect their academic performance. Columbia Daily Tribune (Mo.) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Author describes experience growing up with food allergies
    Author Sandra Beasley writes in her book, "Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life," about her experiences growing up allergic to various foods, including cucumbers, mango, soy, dairy and beef. She said in this interview that schools should avoid creating artificially safe environments -- by banning homemade treats and other items -- that students with food allergies will come in contact with in the real world and being careful when drafting policies based on the allergies of one student. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Friends, relatives can derail weight-loss plans, dietitians say
    Children, grandparents, friends and co-workers are among the worst people to have around when dieting, according to registered dietitians who say that these people's good intentions and influence can derail healthy-eating plans. RD Heather Mangieri, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, says grandmothers see food as a welcoming gesture and "you see it as diet sabotage." Fitbie (4/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Parents' dietary knowledge may not help curb obesity
    A study of 150 families of preschoolers revealed about 40% of parents in both healthy and overweight groups agreed that buying and preparing unhealthy food is the key driver of early weight gain in children, while only 7% of parents in the healthy-weight group and 8% in the overweight group cited lack of exercise as a top cause. Pediatricians should offer parents specific and tailored guidance to put their knowledge about diet choices into practice, researchers reported in Clinical Pediatrics. (India)/Asian News International (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Studies look at food's role in human evolution
    Being omnivores helped humans evolve, according to two studies. One found that humans have been omnivores for a long time; the other found that eating meat allowed humans to have more children and wean them sooner. Researcher Samantha Hopkins said being omnivorous probably helped humans survive but might have limited diversification. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • N.Y. district could lift ban on high-fructose corn syrup
    A New York school district has decided to conduct further research on whether to loosen a restriction on the sale of food that contains sweeteners, including high-fructose corn syrup. The proposed change would allow students who cannot pay for a school meal to be served a peanut butter and jelly sandwich -- and the jelly contains high-fructose corn syrup. However, critics say weakening the district's current nutrition policy goes against its focus on student wellness. The East Hampton Press (N.Y.) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Join the School Nutrition Foundation for Peer2Peer Connect
    The School Nutrition Foundation -- in partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service's Office of Food Safety -- will be offering a free Peer2Peer Connect discussion on Tuesday, May 1st. Entitled "Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools," the discussion will allow school nutrition professionals to connect and share ideas, comments and questions regarding food safety and the handling of fresh produce in the school environment. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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