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Editor's e-Note
Plant-Based School Kids

The trend toward introducing all-vegetarian meals in elementary schools is catching on and has become successful in at least two New York public schools. After two years of offering vegetarian meals, prompted by research on the benefits of eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, the kids have grown accustomed to the plant-based fare and are healthier for it.

In this month’s e-News exclusive, Today’s Dietitian speaks with one of the school’s principals and two organizations that introduced the nutrition education and plant foods to the schools and helped with menu planning.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the July issue that includes articles on summer fruit favorites, the role of hormones in appetite control, meeting the new nutrition targets in schools, and water use and shortages. Please enjoy the e-Newsletter and give us your feedback at, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
Field Notes
Public School Vegetarian Menu Still a Hit After Two Years
By David Yeager

There’s no shortage of jokes when it comes to the food served in schools, but most nutrition professionals agree that people need to take the foods offered to students more seriously. In the fall of 2013, Peck Slip School in New York City took a big step in that direction by becoming the second school in New York City to adopt an all-vegetarian menu; the first was PS 244Q in Flushing, Queens, New York.

With help from the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, a nonprofit organization that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools, the schools transitioned away from meat and toward plant-based fare. Amie Hamlin, executive director of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, says more people are coming to the realization that plant-based diets are good for population health.

“There’s this increasing recognition that a more plant-based diet is healthier, and it’s science based,” Hamlin says. “The position papers on vegetarian diets that have been done by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have clearly shown that a whole foods, plant-based, vegetarian diet, but even more so a vegan diet, results in lower rates of basically all of the diet-related diseases [such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes].”

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Ugly Vegetables Can Be Good For You
Move over, kale. According to a report on CNN, Americans are expanding their veggie horizons. 2015 is the year of the warty, hunchbacked, and spiney. “These are the lowly root veggies that don’t get any love,” says Janet Helm, RD. “From a culinary standpoint, why are we shying away from these knobby veggies that we just pass by in the grocery store? I’d like ugly vegetables to get a star turn because we’re so narrow in our choices in the food aisle.”

Unhealthy Data? Scientists Criticize US Dietary Guidelines
We’ve all heard it: Eat more vegetables, drink more water, and try to cut back on red meats and processed foods. And maybe that’s all sound advice, but the actual data supporting some US dietary recommendations border on fantasy, according to a provocative article published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, reported by Fox News. The article’s claims have put some scientists on the defensive, who say the article’s conclusions are overblown.
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Field Notes
Nutritionist Looks at Proposed Changes to Child Care Meal Guidelines

The guidelines for meal requirements in child care settings are being revised for the first time since 1968, something a Kansas State University nutritionist says is a victory for both children’s nutrition and business owners.

Similar to the school lunch guidelines, the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program regulates the type of meals provided to both children in child care settings and adults in care settings. The USDA is updating those guidelines to better align the meal patterns with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s unclear when the rule will be finalized.

“The current rule these providers follow means serving meals that are less nutritious by regulation than what you may want your child to be served,“ says Sandy Procter, PhD, a Kansas State University assistant professor of human nutrition and an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program coordinator in Kansas. “Parents are really becoming more nutritionally aware and we know it’s important that the feeding guidance keeps up with what the rest of the country is living by as far as dietary guidelines.”

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Tech & Tools
FitClick Bumps Athletes Into the Tech World
Diet and fitness service FitClick has released its Talk-to-Track mobile app, which uses innovative voice-transcription auto-tracking technology to track a user’s calorie intake. The FitClick Talk-to-Track app allows users to count calories by audibly recording foods using their smartphone’s keyboard mic.

As the only diet app with the company’s patent-pending natural language analysis technology, Talk-to-Track can interpret spoken or typed diet entries to identify food items and calculate calories. Talk-to-Track can track a user’s calorie consumption over the course of days, weeks, and months. Learn more »

Nutrition Advice in Your Pocket
An innovative app called Rise allows users to team up with a top nutrition coach via a smartphone to hit their goal weight—and stay there.

Users are matched with a nutrition coach who’s chosen for his or her expertise in the specific goals of the user—whether it’s help with what foods to choose or avoid, how much to exercise, or how to stick with a diet in a hectic lifestyle. All coaches chosen are RDs—the gold standard in the nutrition industry.

Users are instructed to snap photos of their meals and post them to the Rise app. Every day, coaches review the users’ meals and give personalized feedback.

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