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Editor's e-Note
Changes Ahead for School Meals

The new federal standards for school meals, mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, were enthusiastically embraced in 2012 but criticized the following year for failing to satisfy kids’ appetites and contributing to so much school food waste. Nevertheless, the war against childhood obesity continues as the government strives to further improve the nutrition standards.

Beginning in July, schools across the country will have to meet new nutrition requirements for fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and sodium to improve the health of the nation’s children. This month’s E-News Exclusive discusses what those changes will entail.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at You’ll find the digital edition of our June issue plus the latest news and reliable information relevant to daily practice. We welcome your feedback at Enjoy the e-newsletter, and follow Today’s Dietitian on Facebook and Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Preparing for the Next Phase of the School Meal Patterns
By Deborah Beauvais, RDN, CDN, SNS

Beginning July 1, schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program will have to meet new nutrition targets as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. These new targets include increased fruit and vegetable offerings, more whole grains, and lower sodium counts.

The new targets are part of the federal government’s desire to fight childhood obesity and ensure kids receive larger portions of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains as part of the meals they consume at school. The following is a breakdown of what the new targets will entail.

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With such great feedback and so much learned during the planning of this event, we're very excited to make next year even better! Stay tuned for announcements on the site and dates of the 2015 Spring Symposium.

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— Bonnie Johnson, RDN, Becker, MI

Other News
Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels May Affect Nutrition
A new study suggests that rising levels of carbon dioxide will negatively impact food staples such as wheat, maize, and soy, resulting in less nutritious crops, according to TIME.

Study Sheds Light on Fiber
The Chicago Tribune takes a look at scientists who are using a study of mice to shed light on fiber and how it plays a role in weight control.

Hometown Hero Builds a Healthier Community
An educator is finding ways to build a healthier community in her hometown, from collecting excess produce to running a community garden, as reported by CNN.
Field Notes
Experts Say Many Factors Contribute to Obesity

“When someone says of an obese person, ‘They should just eat less and exercise more,’ I say if it were that simple, obesity wouldn’t be the worldwide epidemic that it is,” says Claude Bouchard, PhD, a faculty fellow at the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) and the director of the Human Genomics Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Bouchard studies the genetics of obesity and says there are dozens of factors involved in determining whether a person becomes overweight or obese.

“It’s a complex problem because there are so many drivers,” says Bouchard, who also is author or coauthor of several books and more than 1,000 scientific papers and a former president of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. “Approaches focus on only a few and forget that while we control them, there’s compensation taking place elsewhere. There are other drivers that come into play.”

He divides those drivers into four categories: social, environmental, behavioral, and biological. Social factors include less access to nutritious foods, more recreational eating, powerful and constant advertising, large food portions, poor school meals, eating on the run, food pricing, and fewer meals cooked at home.

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Tech & Tools
GoMeals App
With the GoMeals app, users can search thousands of foods and dishes from popular restaurants, grocery stores, and the items they may have in their kitchens to easily see the nutritional value (eg, calories, carbohydrates, fats, protein) of the foods they eat. In addition, users can sync the GoMeals data with their Fitbit account. Learn more »

GPS Exercise and Weight Tracker
With GPS tracking, this app allows users to track the pace of fitness activities such as running and cycling, measure workout distance, chart weight loss, and maintain training goals. Learn more »
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