The number of students eating breakfast at school increased 5.5% from September 2014 to September this year in Manatee County, Fla. Regina Thoma, director of food and nutrition services for the school district, said the main reason for the free breakfast program is to support education.
Minnesota schools now have another reason to increase breakfast participation. State leaders and various organizations are set to unveil the Minnesota School Breakfast Challenge this week. The challenge seeks to raise access to free and reduced-priced breakfasts to eligible students and will provide 30 schools with the biggest increases an additional 10 cents for each new breakfast served this school year.
Registered dietitian Stacey Antine was challenged to buy healthy food for a week with $126, the total of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program assistance for a family of four. It was difficult, Antine said, but in the end she provided three meals a day, plus snacks, without buying any foods containing high-fructose corn syrup or trans fat.
Students in Virginia's Fairfax County Public Schools complained about the taste and appearance of new, all-beef patties, so a version of the old burgers, which contain 26 ingredients, are back on the menu. The group Real Food for Kids had campaigned for the all-beef patties, which do not contain "pink slime," and school district officials said the revamped version of the old burger also does not include the controversial meat filler.
Researchers at Loma Linda University found that vegans had the lowest average BMI, while meat eaters showed the highest average BMI and highest intake of heart-disease-related fatty acids. Participants in the vegan arm also had the lowest occurrence of obese individuals at 9.4%, compared with 33.3% of meat eaters, researchers reported in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.