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April 23, 2012
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  • Colo. district debates options to eliminate school meal debts
    Officials in a Colorado school district are considering preventing students from charging meals following unsuccessful attempts to get families to pay off existing debts. The Wiggins School District is owed about $2,000 in unpaid meal debt and officials said requesting the money via letters has been ineffective. Officials debated whether they can refuse to feed students but said they plan to research their legal requirements to provide meals to students -- regardless of payment -- before revising their policy. Fort Morgan Times (Colo.) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • N.C. district wants universal breakfast program to return
    Marilyn Moody, the Wake County, N.C., senior director of food and nutrition, said she hopes to bring back a universal breakfast program piloted at select schools last year. However, she said, additional funding will be needed for the program, in which all students were eligible for free breakfast at school. While the pilot program did not last long enough to determine if the morning meals affected student achievement, Moody said "hungry children do not learn well." Eastern Wake News (Zebulon, N.C.) (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More Wyo. students receive free, reduced-price meals
    In Wyoming, 37% of students receive free or reduced-priced meals -- about 2% more than received subsidized meals in the 2010-11 school year. Officials say that while there has been some improvement in the economy and the state's unemployment rate has declined, families still need free or lower-priced school meals. "Definitely the trend is going up," Tamra Jackson, nutrition program supervisor with the state Education Department said of the increased need. "Across the country, that is what the trend is." Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.)/The Associated Press (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Olympic gymnast is part of school's fitness, nutrition push
    An Ohio high school recently held a community event to showcase its new fitness and wellness program, "Play Blue in Motion 2012." The program, which initially was funded with a federal grant, now is being sustained, in part, through fundraisers. The event included fitness activities, an appearance from 1996 U.S. Olympic Gold Medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu, and vendors specializing in nutrition and fitness. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (4/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • N.D. governor promotes "Fuel Up to Play 60" program
    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple promoted student nutrition and fitness during an event last week to support the "Fuel Up to Play 60" program. Most schools in the state participate in the program. "We need to think of their time in school as not just about academic learning or the ABCs, but it's also a place to nurture and support young people, and that includes their health and a healthy lifestyle," Dalrymple said. The Forum (Fargo, N.D.-Moorhead, Minn.) (free registration) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chia goes beyond pets to sprout up in food and drinks
    Chia seeds, rich in fatty acids, fiber and minerals, are becoming a popular ingredient in baked goods, drinks and snacks. The ancient seed is re-emerging because people "are looking for products to help them eat healthier," said Michael Hirsch, vice president of Joseph Enterprises, which launched the Chia Pet three decades ago. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Young black girls on reduced carb diet show better insulin rates
    Data on 26 overweight or obese black girls ages 9 to 14 showed those who followed a moderately restricted carbohydrate diet attained higher fasting insulin levels and lower triglyceride rates at five weeks than those who followed a standard diet. However, researchers did not observe a significant difference in weight loss between the groups. The findings appear in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Endocrine Today (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Healthier lifestyles are needed to lower disease rates
    The rates of cancer and other chronic diseases could be lowered through healthier diets, exercise, weight loss, preventive screenings and reducing tobacco use, according to the American Cancer Society's annual "Cancer Prevention & Early Detection Facts & Figures" report. The report says an estimated 577,000 people will die from cancer this year, with one-third of the cases caused by obesity, poor nutrition and a lack of exercise. The authors called for more collaboration among government, private industry, nonprofits and health care providers to reduce disease risks. MedPage Today (free registration) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • U.K. authority could restrict sale of fast food near schools
    A local authority in England is considering preventing fast-food restaurants from opening within a certain distance of schools. Supporters in Bolton say the measure is intended to curb childhood obesity. One official pointed out that schools were working hard to promote nutrition, and the authority could help them through the planning process. The Bolton News (U.K.) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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, commodities, the school market and a variety of hot topics. It is designed to assist foodservice brokers; marketing teams; new foodservice directors and managers; school administrators; and the media understand the complex school nutrition business. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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