School breakfast participation in a Missouri district increased to 240,286 in the 2017-18 school year -- up from 229,788 the year before -- because of the launch of grab-and-go and in-class breakfast programs, said Foodservices Director Janeane Myhre. In a recent report, Myhre noted that lunches were down during the same period, but she identified several ways to help boost school-meal participation in the district.
Students in a Texas school district are regularly surveyed about what they would like to be served in the school cafeteria. This year, the district is introducing a "build-your-own" option, in which students can create their own sandwiches.
Registered dietitian Emily Knipp teaches children how to plant herbs and prepare vegetables, introducing them to new foods and flavors, as part of the Maine SNAP-Ed program. Knipp, the SNAP-Ed coordinator, conducts the program near a farmers market, and children who participate get a token worth $3 to spend at the market.
Dieters can run into trouble if they count calories in their foods but fail to consider calories in the beverages they drink, registered dietitian Judy Mitnick said. Fruit juices, sports drinks and smoothies may seem healthy but can be high in sugar, carbohydrates and calories.
Families should eat more whole fruits and vegetables than processed food, limit processed meat intake during pregnancy and curb plastic food container use to reduce children's exposure to food additives that may increase their odds of developing obesity, hormone disruption and other health problems, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement in Pediatrics. The statement also urged more stringent testing and regulation of chemicals used as food additives.
Starbucks will open its first US "Signing Store" that will run using American Sign Language. The Washington, D.C., store will be located near Gallaudet University, a school designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and will be staffed by a mix of hearing and deaf employees, all of whom are proficient in ASL.
Cami Whitten, foodservices director at an Indiana high school, is bringing in community leaders to eat with students during the summer-meal program. She says it's a learning opportunity for students, and has invited the town's mayor and authorities from the police and fire departments to share a meal and interact with students.
When cooking pizza on the grill, it's important to wait until the grill is 500 degrees and par-cook the crust with olive oil before adding toppings, according to a panel of pizza chefs. Creating hot and cool zones on the grill allows the pizza to cook more slowly once cheese and toppings are added.
When communicating with colleagues, don't be long-winded, don't interrupt and don't be quick to debate everything, Art Petty writes. "Ask for feedback from trusted colleagues on your communication style, including whether you are known for sharing ideas and communicating in a crisp, transparent manner," he advises.
Sources said that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is close to a deal to buy Insomnia Cookies, a 15-year-old chain with upwards of 135 units that deliver cookies and milk until 3 a.m. JAB Holding bought Krispy Kreme two years ago for $1.35 billion.
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