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Portion Your Snacks

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Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator shows you how to enjoy whole wheat crackers and other snacks is the perfect portion.

FDA Announces Dietetics and Nutrition Webinar

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition are sponsoring a Dietetics and Nutrition Webinar on March 5 and 6, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Webinar is designed for dietetic interns, students and faculty in dietetics and nutrition, and practitioners in dietetics, nutrition and other professional areas. Other interested parties may also participate.Read more

Afterschool Meals Winning Ticket for High School Football Team

Seth Doane, CBS Evening News

In Burke County, Ga., where 48 percent of children live below the poverty line, 85 percent of students qualify for free school breakfast and lunch, but many students were going without meals at home. Consequently, the high school football team was suffering.Read more

Missouri School Students Get Boost from Breakfast

Laura Bauer, Kansas City Star

Since Springfield, Missouri’s Williams Elementary School began serving free breakfast in the classroom, teachers and staff have noticed that the students are more alert, focused and calm. More students arrive at school on time, and absences are down. Fewer students are visiting the nurse’s office for stomachaches, getting into fights, or asking how long it is until lunch. “Food is fuel for the brain and body, and some were literally coming to school empty,” said Wanita Watts, Springfield Public Schools’ nutritional services director.Read more

School Lunch Participation Rises Across US

New York Times

A New York Times analysis of federal data shows the number of children receiving free or reduced-price school lunch increased 17 percent, from 18 million in 2006-07 to 21 million in the last school year. Nearly a dozen states experienced increases of 25 percent or more – including Nevada, Florida, Tennessee and New Jersey.Read more

Consumers Go With The Grain

A. Elizabeth Sloan, Food Technology, December 2011

Claims relating to the benefits of whole grains are now the most sought after health claims on food packages, followed by claims about dietary fiber, according to the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) 2011 U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends report. Restaurants feature exotic rice, spelt, faro, amaranth, and other lesser known grains in everything from salads and pancakes to pizza crusts, soups, cocktails, and desserts.Read more

USDA Launches New Online Nutrition SuperTracker in Time for Those Healthy New Year Resolutions

US Department of Agriculture

Just in time to help Americans keep their New Year's resolutions by making healthy food and physical activity choices, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today released USDA's new nutrition SuperTracker. The SuperTracker is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art resource available at designed to assist individuals as they make changes in their life to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight.Read more


To convey a quick, simple visual image of the healthy eating messages in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced the MyPlate icon in June 2011. The place setting graphically demonstrates that half your plate should be grains and protein and half fruits and vegetables, along with a serving of dairy products.

MyPlate replaces the MyPyramid image. However, MyPyramid will remain available to interested health professionals and nutrition educators in a special section of the new website.

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