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[Volume 3, Issue 1]

 
Plans to Improve Nutrition Availability for US School Children
Good nutrition is important for all children, but especially for kids who may not get good nutrition at home. But nutritious foods can be expensive for some schools. In New York, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is initiating the LUNCHES Act, (Lowering Urban Nutrition Costs for Healthy Eating at Schools). This act might allow more children to be eligible for food assistance in New York.

Better Nutrition Planned for NY, U.S. Children

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/20970/

There is more.  Soon Congress will reauthorize the Child Nutrition, and Women, Infant and Child (WIC) Act, hopefully with these reforms:

  • Increase Federal meal funding for kids in regions with high living costs.
  • Increase reimbursements for school meals
  • Ban trans-fat and up nutrition requirements in school meals.
  • Encourage consumption of local foods.
  • Improve WIC by repealing the blood test requirements.
 
 
Schools in Minnesota Improve Kids’ Snacks
 

Schools in Dakota County, Minnesota are removing deep-fryers, dumping the soft serve ice cream and serving up healthier snacks including fruits and vegetables. This program, the “Dakota County Smart Choices” program is a five-year public healthy effort to improve the diets of kids in that county.

Healthful snacks on way to schools

http://www.startribune.com/local/south/52801672.html

It’s good to see schools be involved in programs to improve the nutritional choices that children make.  Although healthy eating starts at home, your students spend a lot of time at your school and they’re going to be motivated by a healthier environment.  Here are just a few tips for your school:

  • Offer healthier snacks in vending machines such as trail mix, nuts, dried fruit and baked chips.
  • Have fresh fruits such as apples and oranges available at breakfast and lunch time.
  • Encourage young children to eat healthy by teaching them why fruits and vegetables are good for their growing bodies.
 
Family Nutrition on a Budget

Why is food so expensive?  There are a lot of reasons, but one reason is the cost of making food convenient and appealing.  We pay a lot of money for artificial colors and extra sugar and fat for foods we want to eat that are ready in a hurry.  But maybe it’s time to step back a bit and buy foods that are not as convenient, but better for us.

 
Affordable Nutrition

http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/diet-fitness/affordable-nutrition.html

 

Feeding your family is getting more expensive every year, but careful meal planning and smart shopping will help you save money.

  • Buy foods in bulk when it’s appropriate – foods that can be stored for a long time are good for bulk purchases, but most fresh produce is not.
  • Plan your meals for one week and look through your kitchen to see what ingredients you need.  Make your shopping list and stick to it. 
  • Can’t afford to go totally organic?  Choose organic fruits and berries – they’re most likely to have the most pesticide residue.
 
 
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Schools in Dakota County, Minnesota are removing deep-fryers, dumping the soft serve ice cream and serving up healthier snacks including fruits and vegetables. This program, the “Dakota County Smart Choices” program is a five-year public healthy effort to improve the diets of kids in that county.

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Nutrient Facts – Niacin

Niacin is a member of the family of vitamins called the B Complex vitamins (sometimes you’ll see niacin referred to as vitamin B3).    Niacin is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it dissolves in water. Your body doesn’t store the water soluble vitamins very well compared to the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) so they need to be replaced frequently.  But we don’t need a lot of niacin every day, just about 14 to 16 milligrams for adults and a little less for kids.
Your body requires niacin for normal digestion.  It is also necessary for converting the food you eat to energy.  Once your food is digested and metabolized, your body continues to use niacin for healthy skin and nerves.
Niacin is found in dairy products, poultry, fish, lean meats, nuts, legumes and eggs, basically any foods that contain a lot of protein.  Since it’s easily available from so many foods, niacin deficiencies are rare, but eating a diet with too little niacin can lead to pellagra, a disease of the skin and nervous system.
Some people take large doses of niacin supplements to combat high cholesterol.  Niacin works great, but you need to be careful, and only use it under the supervision of a health care provider.  In very high doses (over 250 milligrams per day) you can suffer from the niacin flush – an uncomfortable burning sensation in your face and joints that is accompanied by a rash. 

Source:  Medline Plus. "Niacin." NIH. Updated 01/2007. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/002411.htm
 
More About School Lunches and Healthy Kids

Stars Aligning on School Lunches
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/19/dining/19school.html
No Money for School Lunch
http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/27/school-lunch-money-and-cold-cheese-sandwiches/
Kid and Nutrition
http://www.ext.nodak.edu/food/kidsnutrition/
Teaching Kids About Nutrition
http://www.schoolnutrition.org/Content.aspx?id=94

 
About Shereen Jegtvig
Shereen Jegtvig is a health and nutrition writer with two decades of experience counseling people on nutrition and diet.  She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is a member of the American Dietetic Association.   Shereen writes about nutrition for the large website About.com (http://nutrition.about.com) and is co-author of Superfoods for Dummies (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470445394.html).
 
 
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