I am pleased to announce a new partnership between the School Food Tour and Perfect Foods Bars. Perfect Foods Bars are energy bars made out of real, whole food ingredients such as peanut butter and honey. Even better, they’re delicious! Pick one up from the refrigerated section of your local grocery store and give it a try. You will be delighted by their peanut-buttery goodness.
Sample bars will be available on all group rides organized by the Tour. Plus, I’ll be packing some along with me to help me stay energized and “Powered by Perfect Foods” while I’m on the road. Yumminess!
Well, it’s my birthday today… And although I usually struggle to put my computer away and take a break from School Food Tour planning, when a special personal holiday coincides with a 3 day snow accumulation of 45 inches (seriously!) the draw of powdery play time overwhelms me. Below are the rosy cheeks of one happy birthday girl.
Onto business! I’m trying a new format for sharing all the neat news tidbits that I read: ONE comprehensive weekly post. So here goes…
Weekly News Update
Again, feedback is welcome – would you rather read a bunch of consistent short articles or get them all at once?
Michigan Team Nutrition has an excellent book list of over 400 titles that cover healthy living topics. This is a great resource for teachers looking to incorporate food and physical activity into their curricula.
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The USDA released a revision of USDA nutritional standards today. You can find the entire document here. In summary, the new rules lay out a food-based meal planning system in order to ensure nutrient targets are met. This plan increases the amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains served. It also includes efforts to limit saturated fat by means of restricting milk offerings to low or non-fat (flavored is still allowed in the non-fat variety). Additionally, the proposal provides new minimum and maximum caloric levels. Lots of progress, let’s keep the momentum alive!
Source: Federal Register, A Proposed Rule by the FNS 1/13/11
A study just published by Circulation – the journal of the American Heart Association – concluded that consumption of added sugars is positively associated with cardiovascular disease risk factors in adolescents. The survey of 2,157 youth aged 12 to 18 found that increased consumption of caloric sweeteners was significantly related to higher LDL cholesterol and total triglycerides – both known risk factors for heart disease. Additionally, the study found that added sugars made up a whopping 21.4% of daily caloric intake for the participants.
These data make a strong case for limiting the amount of added sugars in our diets. Let’s keep the future generation (and ourselves) healthy by reconsidering the sugar-laden food choices so common today.
Source: Circulation. (2011). Consumption of added sugars and cardiovascular disease risk among US adolescents. In print, doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.110.972166.
Do Something’s Healthy Schools Campaign is a great opportunity for students to get involved in a Healthy Living project. The topic can vary – healthier school food, adding dance to your gym class options or getting rid of soda… Inspiration and creativity will be rewarded: they’re offering incentives such as a school-wide party and $1,000 for college. Kids – GET ON IT!