Top chef helps grade school open teaching kitchen | Ohio district to provide summer meals for students | Fla. program teaches agriculture to elementary students
May 17, 2019
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Top chef helps grade school open teaching kitchen
Top chef helps grade school open teaching kitchen
Lagasse (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
One Texas elementary school plans to build a teaching kitchen to help students learn by cooking -- thanks to a five-year grant from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and his foundation. Brian Kish, president of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, says the kitchen is a part of national program that will "allow children from all walks of life to prepare for their futures and fully immerse themselves in nutrition and food education."
Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free content) (5/16) 
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Ohio district to provide summer meals for students
One Ohio school district will use USDA funds to operate a summer meal program for both resident and non-resident students. "The reality is that many of our students rely on the fresh meals we are able to serve them during the year," says Superintendent Charles Smialek.
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (5/16) 
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Nutrition & Wellness
Choose foods with natural sugar, dietitian says
Foods with natural sugar, such as fruit, are a more healthful choice than processed foods with added sugars, such as granola bars, according to registered dietitian Kara Shifler Bowers. "Natural sugars in fruit are different because fruits carry fiber as well as many antioxidants and vitamins such as A and C," Bowers said.
HealthDay News (5/14) 
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Trends & Research
CDC reports record-low birth rate in the US
A CDC report showed that US women ages 15 to 44 had a birth rate of 59 births per 1,000 women in 2018, a record low since tracking began, with births to teens ages 15 to 19 also reaching a record low, while the fertility rate dropped by 2% from 2017 to 2018. However, researchers found that preterm birth prevalence has increased for four years straight and reached just over 10% in 2018.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (5/15) 
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Stunting more likely for children of teen mothers
In children born to adolescent mothers, the prevalence of underweight and stunting is 10 percentage points higher compared to children born to adult mothers, according to a study published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. The findings, based on 2016 survey of data from 60,097 mother-child pairs in India, also found that maternal education, socioeconomic status and weight were linked to the association of teen pregnancies and child stunting.
The Indian Express online (India) (5/17) 
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Policy Watch
Ore. allocates $40M to free lunch program growth
Lawmakers in Oregon have approved spending $40 million on the federal free breakfast and lunch program in the state. This funding will expand the initiative to more than 60% of public-school students.
The Associated Press (5/16) 
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