Food Services & Nutrition
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Missouri School Officials Respond to Supply Chain Disruptions
>> Main topics: Barbara Shaw, head of nutrition services for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, says work is underway to help address food supply issues faced by school districts in the state. Shaw also advises that school nutrition professionals communicate with parents about challenges and potential ways they could help.
>> Read full article at KFVS TV
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New TFAH Report: 16 States Have Adult Obesity Rates at 35 Percent or Higher
>> Main topics: The 18th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America, released today by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), found that social and economic factors linked to obesity were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis reports on obesity rates for every state and the District of Columbia, and by racial and ethnic groups, age, and gender.
In 2020, 16 states had adult obesity rates at or above 35 percent, up from 12 states the previous year. These and other emerging data show that the COVID-19 pandemic changed eating habits, put families at risk for food insecurity, created obstacles to physical activity, and heightened stress, all worsening the decades long pattern of obesity in America.
The report includes recommendations for policy action by federal, state and local government, and across several sectors, on how best to address the social determinants of obesity.
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Missouri Districts face pricier food, distribution issues
>> Main topics: Some school nutrition professionals in Missouri say nationwide supply chain issues are affecting food distributors, creating challenges locally, according to Mallory McGowin, communications officer at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Meantime, higher prices for some menu items, including chicken wings -- which are three times as expensive as typical costs -- are causing some schools to make menu substitutions.
>> Read full article at News Tribune
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education News and Updates Webpage
>> Main topics: Topics of information included on this website is:
BAM! Dining Decisions app
>> Main topics: Download the Dining Decisions mobile game to see how healthy you can make your food plate. It now has new graphics and new levels! Dining Decisions helps kids learn to make healthy food choices whether at home, school or on the go.
>> Download to the apple store
>> Get it on Google play
New Infographic on "School Meals for All" from Healthy Eating Research
>> Main topics: Check out the new Infographic from Healthy Eating Research entitled, "Key Findings on The Benefits of 7 Healthy School Meals for All." The information and research presented on this infographic were collected from 47 studies, 25 of which were conducted in the United States, and 22 were operated in other countries with developed economies.
>> View infographic
Protecting Kids from Harmful Food and Beverage Advertising
>> Main topics: A lot of the biggest food, beverage, and tech companies have capitalized on this shift. It has left young people more exposed than ever to a steady flow of ads for fast foods, soft drinks, and other unhealthy products through companies’ high-tech marketing strategies. It has also put them at greater risk for having some of their personal data collected and analyzed in ways they, and their parents, may be unaware of.
To explore these trends more, our team at State of Childhood Obesity interviewed Jeff Chester and Kathryn Montgomery, co-authors of a new report entitled Big Food, Big Tech, and the Global Childhood Obesity Pandemic. In the interview, they break down the strategies these companies use, and share recommendations for how to address this challenge.
AHA-Philadelphia Celebrates 5 Years of Investments to Community Improvement Programs Thanks to City Beverage Tax
>> Main topics: During the last five years, the positive impacts of the Philadelphia beverage tax have been felt throughout neighborhoods in the city. Revenue from the tax supports critical community programs including early care and education, community schools and the Rebuild initiative. Read on to learn more!
>> Read more here
Fast Food FACTS
>> Main topics: Most fast-food TV ads viewed by youth in 2019 promoted high-calorie menu items, despite restaurants’ pledges to introduce healthier menus. Read the research and policy recommendations in the latest UConn Rudd Center report.
>> Read more here
School Meal Programs are for All Kids
>> Main topics: Have you heard the USDA has extended the child nutrition waivers? This means that schools can offer free meals to all children, regardless of household income, through June 2022—even while school is out during the summer. This promotional toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can help you spread the word!
>> Spread the word
Share Summer With Hungry Kids in Your Community
>> Main topics: Summer is the hungriest time of the year for kids who depend on free school meals. Families in need can text 'food' to 877-877 to find free summer meals for their kids. But we need your help to spread the word.
>> Share posters and flyers
Project Protect Food Systems Workers
>> Main topics: The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) is continuing its Spotlight series highlighting worker-driven social responsibility models. See April's interview with Judge Laura from the Fair Foods Standards Council and May's Spotlight highlighting the Milk with Dignity program with Marita Canedo and Tom Fritzsche.
>> Read more about this work
CHOP CHOP Newsletter: Kids Club Vol. 31: Cherries
>> Main topics: Juicy, red cherries are one of our favorite early summer treats (well, along with school letting out). You don’t need to do much to them, since they’re delicious just the way they are. But we have a couple of easy recipes anyway, just in case you find yourself with an abundance. Plus, we’ve got fun facts and sweet ideas to, well, put the cherry on top! (And we’re asking if you know where that expression comes from! Hint: It might involve whipped cream too.)
>> Read more about this issue
Farm to School Resources
>> Main topics: In collaboration with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Community Food Systems, ICN has added a Farm to School topic area to the CNSS Resource Hub! ICN is currently building the Farm to School database and welcomes YOUR farm to school resource submissions through the CNSS resource submission form.
>> Visit the CNSS Resource Hub to view and/or download resources.
Team Nutrition is excited to announce the Institute of Child Nutrition's updated eLearning Portal, now with a fresh, new look and a new name: iLearn!
>> Main topics: ICN's iLearn provides free, self-paced online learning for Child Nutrition Professionals and offers the flexibility to complete courses in multiple sessions on desktop, laptop, or mobile devices. ICN has added new features that enhance the eLearning experience, including: personalized profiles, online courses in Spanish, iLearn @ ICN Mobile App, and live webinars
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