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|December 2, 2013
Bayonne Reaps Benefits of Breakfast After the Bell
Bayonne students are concentrating better and learning more, thanks to the district’s move to breakfast after the bell, according to district Business Administrator Leo Smith, who calls the program a huge success. In addition to overall improved attentiveness, Smith said tardiness and absenteeism have decreased dramatically since the program was introduced. This is great for kids, teachers, parents and the entire school community. Kudos to Bayonne for meeting the school breakfast challenge!
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Principals embrace classroom breakfast
A new report by the Food Research and Action Center and The National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation finds principals embracing classroom breakfast as the best way to increase the number of students starting the day with school breakfast. According to the report, more than three in four principals would encourage their peers to consider this program. Many principals reported reduced student hunger, fewer tardy students, improved student attentiveness and a better school and classroom environment.
Read the report, Start the School Day Ready to Learn with Breakfast in the Classroom: Principals Share What Works.
USDA updates school breakfast toolkit
The Food & Nutrition Services has updated its toolkit with new resources to assist program operators or other stakeholders with expanding their school breakfast programs. This toolkit is designed for school food service directors and others who have an interest in establishing or increasing access to school breakfast at their schools. It helps to determine which type of meal service is best suited to a school’s needs, calculate operation costs, develop menus and a marketing plan that will generate buy-in among school staff and the community, and encourage student participation.
View the toolkit.
November 19, 2013
TOP STORY * Report: Principals show support for in-class breakfast programs
SCHOOL UPDATE * What are the academic benefits of farm-to-school programs? * Colo. district serves up 20% local foods * 4,000 students, families take part in L.A. district’s marathon, health fair
NUTRITION & WELLNESS * Is Greek yogurt better for you than regular yogurt? * Dietitian addresses common nutrition misconceptions
TRENDS & RESEARCH * “Sesame Street”-based program promotes healthy living in preschoolers
POLICY WATCH * Ill. district hosts session to discuss students with food allergies
SNA NEWS * Socialize with SNA
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November 13, 2013
TOP STORY * Vendors roll out healthy options at N.Y. SNA conference
SCHOOL UPDATE * Calif. district conducts surveys to assess students’ tastes * Kan. students connect math and agriculture * Nonprofit helps connect Va. schools with fresh, local food
NUTRITION & WELLNESS * Regular physical activity may benefit teens with depression, small study says
TRENDS & RESEARCH * Negative events in childhood may elevate risk of being overweight in adolescence
POLICY WATCH * As experts hail FDA trans-fat proposal, manufacturers focus on alternatives
SNA NEWS * SNF to host webinar on menuing mushrooms
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