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  School Update 
  • Md. students evaluate healthy school meal options
    School nutrition professionals in a Maryland district recently asked high-school students to taste test healthy meals to determine whether they should be included in menus next school year. Officials said they want students to be included in the district's adoption of new federal school nutrition standards. Popular items during the taste tests included pizza made from whole-grain crust and teriyaki chicken. The Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.) (5/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. district fills void with free summer meals
    The Grand Rapids, Mich., school district will begin offering free summer meals on June 18 to children ages 18 and younger as part of a program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "For many of the children in high needs areas like Grand Rapids, the primary meal of the day is the school meal," said Paul Baumgartner, the district's director of nutrition services. "When school is not in session, students are still in need of good nutrition to stay healthy, active and focused to take advantage of enrichment programs." (Michigan) (free registration) (5/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Breaking sugar addiction one different food at a time
    Humans are born craving sweet food, but constantly indulging that craving is unhealthy and can dull the ability to embrace new or more nutritious food, according to The Wall Street Journal. Learning to enjoy nonsweet food takes work but can be accomplished by trying bitter or different food, eating ethnic food and learning more about food that is not immediately appealing. The Wall Street Journal (5/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gadgets help individuals track health goals, progress
    A variety of new products are available to help people monitor data such as physical activity and caloric intake to help achieve their health goals. The bodybugg tracking device can record steps, calories burned, workout intensity and even sleep quality, while the FitBit Ultra device uses a range of data to estimate calorie expenditure. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (5/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mindful eating takes a place at American tables
    The Buddhist tradition of mindful eating is finding a place in U.S. corporate lunchrooms and at the family table. The Center for Mindful Eating, a nonprofit supported by nutritionists and medical professionals, works to raise public awareness around the benefits of eating slowly and without distractions. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (5/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nutrition is one of 4 keys to good health
    Exercise, sleep, nutrition and low stress are the keys to good health, writes blogger and University of Washington Nutritional Sciences Program graduate student Carrie Dennett. Careful management of these four factors can help individuals avoid "lifestyle-related" diseases and enhance their quality of life over the long term. The Seattle Times (5/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Research 
  • Researchers find two lifestyle changes can improve health
    While there are four key unhealthy habits -- such as consuming too much saturated fat -- that decrease overall wellness, a recent study finds that people need only to address two key habits to improve their health. Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that people who watch less television and eat more fruits and vegetables often initiated a "ripple effect" that led to improved health. (5/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Food critic: Government plays large role in healthy eating
    Food icon Ruth Reichl has made a living eating at and reporting on restaurants around the world, but now she's focusing on the importance of healthy eating. Reichl says she's happy that nutritional labels will be put on restaurant menus, but there is still much to be done in America's food industry, such as changes to tax policies, to make healthy eating more affordable and widespread. The Oregonian (Portland) (5/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SNA News 
  • Webinar on SNA's School District Owned Membership
    The School Nutrition Foundation -- in partnership with SNA -- will be offering a free webinar on Wednesday, June 6th. Entitled "SNA's School District Owned Membership: Maximize the Value of SNA Membership for Your School District," this webinar will provide information about this valuable membership option and how your school district can benefit. Discussion will include testimonials from districts that are already participating in SDM. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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