Link Between Race and Allergies? AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO CHILDREN are more likely than white children to have corn, shellfish and fish allergies. The findings of a recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology also discovered that: • African-American and Latino children had higher odds of emergency room visits for food allergy-related reactions compared to white children. • They also have significantly higher rates of asthma, eczema and allergies to wheat and soy. • While peanuts were the most common food allergen in all three racial groups, the researchers determined that just one allergen is more common among white children: tree nuts, such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews and pecans. Researchers followed 817 children with food allergies from birth to age 18. The study’s lead author, Dr. Mahboobeh Mahdavinia, an allergy and immunology expert at Rush University in Chicago, noted that further research is necessary to identify food allergy and food sensitivities among all races and ethnicities in order to develop culturally sensitive and effective educational programs. Read More: Food Allergy Research and Education, www.foodallergy.org 8% The amount of people who will achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Will you be among them? Source: University of Scranton CONGRATULATIONS TO FAME WINNERS This month, a select group of school nutrition professionals will be honored as the 2017 recipients of the Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards. Now in its 28th year, FAME recognizes individuals in several categories. This year, FAME’s most prestigious honor, the Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year Award, will be presented to Betti Wiggins, CPM, executive director of the Office of School Nutrition, Detroit (Mich.) Public Schools. Wiggins’ accomplishments include her work with the Detroit School Garden Collaborative and Drew Farm to grow and serve fresh vegetables in the school district she serves. The 2-acre Drew Farm was Wiggins’ creation and is part of the Drew Transition Center, a Detroit Public School serving students ages 18 to 26 with cognitive and physical disabilities. Her latest project is the development of a former high school campus into a food business park that will provide a variety of opportunities for underserved constituents. RECIPIENTS OF FAME AWARDS IN OTHER CATEGORIES ARE: Silver Leadership Award: Kevin Ponce, SNS, school nutrition services director, Oklahoma City Public Schools, and a member of the SNA Board of Directors Silver Spirit Award: Daniel Ellnor, Nutrition Service Center manager, Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools Silver Special Achievement Award: Gay Anderson, SNS, child nutrition director, Brandon Valley (S.D.) 49-2, and SNA vice president Silver Rising Star Award: Meredith Potter, MBA, RD, SNS, school nutrition director, Houston County (Ga.) Board of Education Silver Friend of Child Nutrition Award: Shirley Brown, EdD, SNS, K-12 Product Training director, Rich Products Corporation, Fresno, Calif. These honorees will be recognized at a ceremony held on January 22, in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference. The awards program is sponsored by Basic American Foods, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc. and Tyson Foods, Inc. The selection committee includes the SNA President, last year’s winners and the editors of several trade publications, including School Nutrition. For event updates, www.fameawards.net. HELPING KIDS MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES Do nutrition education activities and “smarter lunchroom” marketing techniques make a difference when it comes to a child’s choice of cafeteria menu items? According to research published last summer in the Journal of School Health, it sure can. Project ReFresh is a program tested in public and private Maryland schools that combines behavior economics strategies in the cafeteria, along with a companion class-based nutrition education curriculum. The project team developed a toolkit of tips, ideas and training materials for cafeteria employees and supervisors to help them implement suggested approaches. The classroom education included visits by trained nutrition educators, as well as teacher training and lesson plans. While researchers noted some healthier choices made by students who experienced only the cafeteria changes, they found a larger improvement among the children who received both classroom education and the cafeteria changes. Read More: “Project ReFresh: Testing the Efficacy of a School-Based Classroom and Cafeteria Intervention in Elementary School Children,” Journal of School Health, http://tinyurl.com/Projectrefresh-sn 3 WAYS TO … SAVE YOUR SKIN 1 TURN DOWN THE HEAT IN THE SHOWER. The scalding water feels so good on a cold morning, but it’s drying out your skin. Keep things warm rather than boiling and, if you’re really suffering from dry skin, add a humidifier to your bedroom. 2 NEVER SKIP SUNSCREEN. It might be January, but you still need to apply this protection every day, even if it’s cloudy—and even if you live in colder climates. Make it easier by using a moisturizer that contains at least SPF 15. 3 CHANGE YOUR PILLOWCASES OFTEN. It’s super gross to consider, but your pillowcase (and sheets) are home to a lot of bacteria that builds up between washes. That bacteria can cause breakouts, no matter how old you are. Change the pillowcases every few days to cut down on the presence of bacteria. PROMO PLANNER FEBRUARY American Heart Month National Cherry Month Sweet Potato Month Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week (Feb. 6-12) National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (Feb. 23-Mar. 1) Super Bowl (Feb. 5) National Bagel Day (Feb. 9) Grammy Awards (Feb. 12) Presidents Day (Feb. 20) National Chili Day (Feb. 25) MARCH National Craft Month National Nutrition Month National Peanut Month National Sleep Awareness Week (March 2-9) National School Breakfast Week (March 6-10) Read Across America Day (March 2) Registered Dietitian Day (March 8) Harriet Tubman Day (March 10) Spring Begins (March 20) World Water Day (March 22) APRIL Mathematics Awareness Month National Pecan Month School Library Month Passover (April 10-18) Administrative Professionals Week (April 23-29) Hans Christian Andersen’s Birthday (April 2) National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (April 2) Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday (April 13) Easter (April 16) Earth Day (April 22) For more holiday and promo ideas, visit the 2016-17 Promotional Calendar at www.schoolnutrition.org/promocalendar. “TUESDAY” TIDBITS SNA Preps for USDA Appointments With each change of U.S. president, new appointments are made for high-level positions at various federal agencies, including USDA. SNA has a tradition of suggesting names for consideration for certain positions. In October, an Ad Hoc Committee was named to identify potential candidates, determine interest and select names to recommend. In December, the Ad Hoc Committee reviewed nominations for more than two dozen candidates. At press time, SNA had sent letters of recommendation for Mary Begalle, PhD, MBA, SNS (for Undersecretary) and Kathleen (Katie) Millett, LDN (for Deputy Undersecretary). New Chair of House Committee Named Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) has been appointed as the chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce in the 115th Congress. Rep. Foxx spent most of her career as a teacher and administrator in North Carolina’s higher education system. She has been vocal about her stance on reducing regulations. ”At all times, we will strive in our service to hold government institutions to the highest standards of accountability and transparency, with a constant eye toward eliminating waste and inefficiency,” Foxx said in a Committee press release published in early December. USDA Unveils Prototype for Web-Based Application USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service has introduced a web-based protype for free/reduced applications. It is considered a functional model representing best practices in web-based application design. Schools are encouraged to adopt the model outright or adapt it, while software vendors working in the K-12 foodservice segment are encouraged to incorporate the prototype’s integrity into their own products. Visit www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/web-based-prototype-application to access a demo, the open source code and applicable guidance. Obesity Rates Decline for WIC Program Kids Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USDA have discovered a modest overall decline in obesity rates among the 22 million children ages 2-4 enrolled in the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) between 2010 and 2014. Obesity rates declined from 15.9% to 14.5%. Visit www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/wic.html to learn more. Tuesday Morning is SNA’s free weekly policy e-newsletter. Subscribe at www.schoolnutrition.org/Newsletters/TuesdayMorning. INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTH: DATES Seeking something sweet? Try an old-fashioned date—not the romantic kind, the fruit! TRY THIS. Next time you’re doing some weekend baking, try out a recipe for date bread from the California Date Administrative Committee. Find it at www.datesaregreat. com/recipes. NUTRITIONAL PROFILE. Dates are significantly high in sugar—as much as 80% of its content is sugar. But an Israeli research study found that eating dates has no adverse effect on blood sugar or weight. Use dates as a substitute for sugar to produce a healthy baked good, as the fruit also offers up antioxidants, magnesium and fiber. HOW TO EAT. Given that dates are dried fruit, taking a bite of this super-sweet food simply means opening the package! Beyond that, you can use dates as an ingredient. Stuff them, wrap them, stew them or add them to salads or smoothies. Fossil records show that the date palm has existed for at least 50 million years! READ MORE. “So How Exactly Do Dates Grow, Anyway?” The Huffington Post, http://tinyurl.com/Dates-SN OUR BIGGEST FEARS Famous words of encouragement from U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt may not carry the certainty FDR intended. It turns out that “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” couldn’t be further from the truth for many Americans. The third annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears revealed opinions and attitudes regarding fears across 11 major categories, including crime, economy, environment, government, illness/death, disasters, personal fears and more. Are you brave enough to review the results? Top 6 Biggest Fears for Americans #1 Corruption of government officials #2 Terrorist attacks #3 Not having enough money for the future #4 Being a victim of terror #5 Government restrictions on firearms/ammunition #6 People I love dying ALSO OF NOTE: • 63% of Americans believe that natural disasters are capable of doing serious harm to them or their property, but only 33% think they personally will experience a significant natural or manmade disaster in the near future. That may account for the fact that while 78% believe an emergency kit would help their chance of survival, just 26% have made the effort to put together one. • 25.9% of people are “afraid” or “very afraid” of public speaking. • 46.6% of those surveyed believe that places can be haunted by spirits. • There’s something out there, according to many Americans. 27% believe aliens visited Earth in our ancient past, while 25% believe aliens have come to Earth in modern times. • Roughly one-quarter of those surveyed have fears of insects/spiders and/or heights. • 12% are afraid of flying. • Despite recent media reports, only 7.8% are afraid of clowns, but 10.2% have a fear of zombies! Source: The 2016 Chapman University Survey on American Fears
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