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11/15/2018

Adolescents who have experienced biased-based bullying, meaning they were bullied because of their race, sexual orientation, disability or religion, often reported school avoidance, psychological and academic difficulties, and fear of physical harm, according to a study in the journal Psychology of Violence. Researchers also found that those who were victims of general bullying -- not those who experienced single or multiple bias-based bullying -- benefited from support from family, teachers, peers and the community, while victims of single bias-based and general bullying benefited from school safety and security measures.

11/15/2018

Four new menu items that debuted at Famous Dave's of America last month reflect the Minnesota-based chain's efforts to upgrade its food and offer more options for customization, said CEO Jeff Crivello. The new items include a three-meat combo meal with smoked turkey as an option and build-your-own burgers.

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11/15/2018

Detroit-area restaurants are feeling the pinch of the tight labor market and struggling to find and keep skilled staffers. "Eighteen percent of restaurants are afraid to scale or unable to scale and one of the reasons is workforce," said Herasanna Richards, executive director of the Detroit Restaurant Association.

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Detroit Free Press
11/15/2018

A growing number of eateries are going cashless, which can be convenient for operators but also excludes customers who deal strictly in cash. "People from all walks of life come to the center of the city and it seems like these places are saying, we don't need your business," said William K. Greenlee, a Philadelphia councilman who co-sponsored a bill to prevent city businesses from rejecting cash customers.

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Grub Street
11/15/2018

About one-third of students at a New York school are learning to prepare healthy meals in an after-school cooking club. The grant-funded Dragon's Kitchen Club launched with 69 students in 2016 and now has grown to over 100.

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11/15/2018

Registered dietitian nutritionist Jill Weisenberger recommends physical activity -- aerobic exercise, strength training, stretching and reducing sedentary behaviors. Too much sitting is harmful to health but some easy ways to reduce sedentary behavior include relaxing with active activities, standing while sipping a beverage, standing each time the phone rings, and walking on a treadmill while reading or watching TV, Weisenberger offers.

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11/15/2018

Startups geared at reducing food waste raised $125 million in the first 10 months of 2018, ReFED reports. The companies vary in their approaches to stemming food waste; for example, Apeel Sciences develops products that extend the shelf life of produce, and ReGrained makes flour from used distiller grains.

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Forbes
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11/15/2018

Plant-based food producer Tofurky has not taken funding from investors but nevertheless manages to compete with other vegan-focused companies, many of which are flush with investments. The firm analyzes data to stay abreast of food trends to keep its product lineup relevant to a growing base of omnivorous consumers, said CEO Jaime Athos.

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Inc.
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11/15/2018

Microsoft saw an increase from 2017 to 2018 in its female workforce as the company's global female workforce increased from 25.5% to 26.6%, including increases in intern and leadership roles. The company also announced it has had a 33% increase in representation of black and Latinx employees in the past four years with those groups reaching 4.1% and 6% of the company's US workforce, respectively.

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Fortune
11/15/2018

When addressing diversity, companies often refer to diversity of thought as part of their definition of diversity while overlooking identity and background as they construct an executive board, according to Marta Geletkanycz, associate professor of strategic management at Boston College. While diversity of thought should be part of the equation, using it as a replacement rather than a supplement to cultural diversity does not promote true inclusion and diversity, she said.

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CNN