Study links snack program, lower fat, sugar intake | Event draws taste-testers to Texas cafeteria | Alaska measure would require mental health instruction in schools
January 17, 2020
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Study links snack program, lower fat, sugar intake
Study links snack program, lower fat, sugar intake
A study in JAMA Network Open found that implementing the Smart Snacks in School standards in 310 US public schools was associated with reduced consumption of solid fats and sugars. Students in states with Smart Snacks in School laws consumed less solid fats and added sugars, compared with students in states that did not have laws requiring the program.
The American Journal of Managed Care online (1/15) 
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School Update
Event draws taste-testers to Texas cafeteria
A Texas school district recently hosted its first Food and Nutrition Showcase, in which students, faculty, staff, parents and community members sampled menu items such as tamales and chicken quesadillas. Participants provided feedback on the foods by completing an evaluation form.
Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Texas) (1/16) 
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Nutrition & Wellness
Limit artificial sweetener intake in children, RD says
Registered dietitian Lynn Kistler says the effects of artificial sweeteners on growing children are not well-known, and she advises parents to limit consumption. Artificial sweeteners may also change taste buds so that people crave sweeter foods, Kistler says.
WTKR-TV (Norfolk, Va.) (1/16) 
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Trends & Research
States, cities file suit to stop new SNAP work rules
A lawsuit filed by 14 states, New York City and the District of Columbia seeks to block federal rules that would create stricter work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program beneficiaries. Congress did not include the tougher provisions in the 2018 farm bill, and the lawsuit contends that the administration did not properly use the rulemaking process in implementing them.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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4 aspects of inspiring leadership
Many people mistake great leadership for individuals in important roles rather than looking at the people who inspire and deepen others' engagement in the workplace, writes Aytekin Tank. Commitment, accountability, performance and vision are 4 key mindsets for achieving successful leadership, according to University of San Francisco adjunct professor and author Jim Taylor.
Fast Company online (1/15) 
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Strategies to keep teams productive and engaged
Keep teams on task and productive by focusing on five areas: fostering a common purpose, improving connection, communicating, collaborating and celebrating success, writes Adam Hickman. "No matter the team's size, when those workers are engaged, developing, and using their strengths every day, their performance is easier to manage," he writes.
Gallup (1/9) 
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Virtual Expo 2020: Registration is open
Registration is open for SNA's free, monthlong Virtual Expo (Feb. 4 to March 4). You won't want to miss visiting vendor booths in the virtual Exhibit Hall, earning CEUs in the Learning Center with more than 15 education sessions to choose from, and connecting in real time with colleagues and industry representatives in the virtual Networking Lounge, all at your convenience, from your own computer. Come back as often as you want 24/7... you don't have to do it all at once. Register now.
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SNA SmartBrief will not publish Jan. 20
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, SNA SmartBrief will not publish Monday, Jan. 20. Publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 21.
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