A school district in Virginia has increased the number of summer-meal distribution sites and is now serving more than 400 children every day. School Nutrition Director Amanda Warren said they also try to use local food in the meals, including ham and lettuce from nearby farms.
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An Alabama school district is serving free summer lunches to all children age 18 or younger at three locations. The summer meals are being offered as part of a partnership with the US Department of Agriculture and officials say the hot meals will help children get healthy food over summer break.
There is no formal definition for "clean eating," and some of the phrases or concepts associated with the term are misunderstood, writes registered dietitian nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix. Some people associate clean eating with foods that have a short list of ingredients, are less-processed or are grown in an environmentally sustainable way, Taub-Dix adds.
Identical twins who ate the same foods generally did not metabolize it in the same way, according to a study presented at the American Society for Nutrition's annual meeting. Researchers found identical twins had 37% of their gut microbes in common, compared with 35% of people who were not related.
Legislation removing religious exemptions and effectively eliminating all nonmedical exemptions for school-mandated vaccinations in New York has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, amid the ongoing measles outbreak. "The science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe," Cuomo said in a statement.
State budgets nationwide could include about $14 billion more for schools in fiscal year 2020, according to a survey by the National Association of State Budget Officers. This blog post identifies five key ways school districts may spend the additional funds, including on infrastructure and to recover from past budget cuts.