CDC Releases Vaccine Recs for Adults EVEN IF THE THOUGHT OF GETTING A SHOT MAKES YOU CRINGE, it’s time to buck up! A national advisory panel from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its 2017 recommendations for adult vaccines. The document not only lists the various vaccines that adults should get, but also advice for getting their full value, such as: • Skip the nasal flu vaccine, as research has found it lacking in effectiveness. • If you have an egg allergy, the advisory panel says that you still can receive a flu vaccine—but only under the supervision of a health care provider who can recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction. • Kids (girls and boys) who receive an HPV dose before age 15 and a second at least five months later no longer need to get a third dose of the vaccine. In total, the panel recommends 13 vaccines for adults (including flu, tetanus, HPV and both hepatitis A and B). Despite encouragement from the medical community, the rate of adult vaccinations falls way below recommended levels. This might be due to insurance status—those who have it are two to five times more likely to be vaccinated. Read More: Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older, United States, 2017, Annals of Internal Medicine, http://tinyurl.com/vaccineschedule-SN AMERICANS DITCH SODA FOR WATER Sorry, bubbles, the American public has moved on—to bottled water. In 2016, following a decade of rapid growth, sales of bottled water have surpassed that of carbonated soft drinks. Now, H20 reigns supreme as the largest beverage category by volume. This upset isn’t exactly unexpected. Other than small downturns in 2008 and 2009, sales of bottled water have expanded every year between 1977 and 2016—including 17 years of double-digit growth (although not necessarily consecutively). In 2016, bottled water consumption per capita grew to 39 gallons, and per capita carbonated soft drink consumption declined to 38.5 gallons. This is in contrast to the years surrounding the millennium when carbonated soft drink consumption was around (or above) 50 gallons. Now, the Beverage Marketing Corporation expects bottled water to reach that amount by the middle of the next decade, with single-serving bottles leading the way, although sales of multi-serving bottles, as well as sparkling water, are also on the rise, plus home and office delivery. While there’s no definitive amount of water that you should drink per day—studies arrive at different conclusions—it should go without saying that increasing the amount of water you consume is a smart option. (For the record, the National Academy of Medicine recommends 13 cups for men and 9 cups per day for women). Of course, there are environmental impacts to all those single-serve bottles being discarded, so consider trading in the plastic for a reusable bottle that you can tote wherever you go. Read More: “How Much Water Should You Drink?” Harvard Health Publications, http://tinyurl.com/SNMag-WaterAdvice. 62.6 Million The number of Americans who have volunteered at least once in a year, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics. April is National Volunteer Month. ADDING UP THE PENNIES IF YOU HAD A NON-MEDICAL EMERGENCY, such as a leaky roof or a busted transmission, could you finance the repair? If not, you’re not alone—nearly 6 in 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to cover the cost of an unexpected expense up to $1,000, according to a survey released in January by Bankrate. However, the percentage of people who can afford these unplanned costs—41%—is up 4 percentage points from the 2016 survey. That’s good news, considering that 3 out of 5 Americans reported having a major unexpected expense—car, home and appliance repair, along with illness—in the past year. Millennials are the most likely to have enough savings to cover the cost, the survey found, while those ages 71 or older are most likely to finance the expense on a credit card. Nearly 70% of Millennials would rather use their savings or reduce their spending to pay for the expense than put it on a credit card. While many financial experts recommend having six to nine months of typical expenses set aside in savings, that figure is so daunting to many people, they opt to forgo an emergency fund altogether. Does this describe you? Are you just keeping your fingers crossed against disaster? A better strategy is to build your savings, setting small goals. For example, can you afford to put away $20 a week? In a year, you’ll have built a fund of more than $1,000. Perhaps, after a few months of developing this habit, you’ll find you can add more each week. Concerned that you don’t have a dime to spare? Take the next month to track your spending to see if that’s true. For example, approximately 37% of Americans said they’re likely to cut back on alcohol purchases in order to save money. Bankrate also suggests setting up an automatic monthly transfer from checking to savings, so it feels like any other regular bill. Remember: Any rainy day fund is better than none at all. Read More: “7 Strategies to Build an Emergency Fund,” Kiplinger, http://tinyurl.com/emergencyfund-SN 3 Ways to … Ease Into a Fitness Routine 1) STICK TO THE BASICS. If you’re trying on running shoes for the first time, don’t aproach it like you are going to run a marathon. In other words, keep it simple. Too often, fitness newbies try to do too much too fast and burn themselves out. Start with just 10 to 30 minutes of walking, jogging or biking. Once you’re comfortable with that, add just one more activity into the mix, perhaps a yoga or a Zumba class. 2) MODIFY AS NECESSARY. No one is judging if you do a push-up on the wall instead of the floor—what matters is that you’re doing it. Remember that form is more important than intensity or repetitions, because you don’t want to sideline yourself with an injury. 3) DON’T FORGET REST DAYS. Even supreme athletes need to take an occasional break. Failure to rest your muscles from time to time can lead to injury—see a theme? The key is to only let one day of rest go by; any more, and you’re likely to fall back into a couch potato pattern. PROMO PLANNER MAY Food Allergy Action Month Mental Health Month National Military Appreciation Month National Salad Month Children’s Book Week (May 1-7) National Police Week (May 14-20) Batman Day (May 1) School Lunch Hero Day (May 5) Mother’s Day (May 14) Memorial Day (May 29) JUNE LGBT Pride Month National Dairy Month National Zoo and Aquarium Month National Fishing & Boating Week (June 3-11) U.S. Open Golf Tournament Begins (June 12-18) National Cancer Survivors Day (June 4) National Trails Day (June 4) Flag Day (June 14) Father’s Day (June 18) First Day of Summer (June 21) JULY National Blueberries Month National Ice Cream Month National Parks and Recreation Month Picnic Month Tour de France Begins (July 1) P.T. Barnum’s Birthday (July 5) Anniversary of the First Moon Landing (July 20) Parents Day (July 23) Lasagna Day (July 29) National Support Public Education Day (July 30) For more holiday and promo ideas, visit the 2016-17 Promotional Calendar at www.schoolnutrition.org/promocalendar. “TUESDAY” TIDBITS 2017 SFSP Reimbursement Rates Released USDA has released notice of the annual adjustments to the reimbursement rates for meals served in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Adjustments are made based on changes in the Consumer Price Index. The rates are presented in three tables: Operating Component, Administrative Component and Combined. The combined per-meal rates (for all states except Alaska and Hawaii and all sites except designated “rural and self-prep” sites) are: $2.14 (breakfast), $3.77 (lunch/supper) and $0.88 (snack). View the notice at http://tinyurl.com/SNMag-SFSP2017Rates. SNA Supports 2018 Farm Bill Letter SNA took part in a coalition letter sent to the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees on behalf of 500+ organizations representing America’s agriculture, nutrition, conservation, rural development and labor sectors. The letter draws attention to the fact that the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill made a significant contribution to deficit reduction. As 2018 Farm Bill preparations begin, any budget or appropriations cuts would further impair already struggling agriculture and rural communities. To read the complete text of the letter and see the other signatories, visit http://tinyurl.com/SNMag-FarmBillCoalitionLtr. FNS Proposes Direct Certification Study Prior Direct Certification with Medicaid demonstrations have authorized selected states and school districts to use income information from Medicaid files to determine students’ eligibility for free meals. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) posted notice of a study to gather data about a new demonstration project that expands this process to include eligibility for reduced-price meals. Data will be collected for SY 2017-18. Comments on this proposed study can be submitted through www.regulations.gov by April 24, 2017. SNA Hosts Block Grant Summit Block grants surfaced as a potential threat to child nutrition programs during the last Congress, as part of H.R. 5003 and may be proposed again by the 115th Congress. In February, SNA hosted a large group of anti-hunger, child health, school community and other advocacy groups and associations to discuss the issue and begin identifying tactics to make members of Congress aware of the devastating consequences block grants would have on school meal programs. Tuesday Morning is SNA’s free weekly policy e-newsletter. Subscribe at www.schoolnutrition.org/Newsletters/TuesdayMorning. INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTH: CRANBERRIES Don’t relegate this super-fruit to the Thanksgiving table. If you keep bags of fresh cranberries in the freezer, or dried cranberries in your pantry, you can enjoy their benefits all year long. HOW TO EAT. You probably don’t want to pop a handful of fresh cranberries into your mouth, as you would with blueberries, because of the fruit’s tart flavor. However, you can use dried cranberries in muffins, to top off cereal or in a grain salad (try it with quinoa!), while cooking fresh cranberries into a sauce or chutney used to top chicken or baked brie. TRY THIS. Combine dried cranberries with chopped green apple, a little bit of honey, lime juice and some chopped fresh cilantro. Add salt and pepper, then toss and chill for a flavorful cranberry apple salsa. NUTRITIONAL PROFILE. Cranberry juice cocktail might be delicious for drinking, but it’s lacking in the nutrition department. Instead, try frozen, dried or freshly juiced cranberries to get a great dose of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, which repair cell damage (such as wrinkles and sunspots). The cranberry is one of just three berries (along with blueberries and Concord grapes) that are native to the United States. Read More: Cranberry Marketing Committee, www.uscranberries.com Paying the Piper Come April 18, millions of people will be scrambling to get their taxes prepared before midnight and to avoid the 5% per month late fee imposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Though April 15 is traditionally Tax Day, it falls on a Saturday in 2017, so the government is giving you another two days to file. In honor of this much abhorred occasion—or beloved, depending on if you get a refund—take a look at some crazy statistics related to America’s tax system. • 150 million tax forms are processed by the IRS every year. • 10.1 million: The number of words in the U.S. Tax Code (as of 2015). When it was written in 1955, the tax code was only 1.4 million words. • If you are still completing your taxes by hand and filing a paper return, stop. You’re 41 times more likely to make an error. • The top 20% of American earners pay approximately 70% of all federal taxes—but they also receive 51% of all major tax breaks. • Seven: The number of tax brackets in the U.S. tax code, ranging from 10% to 39.6%. • That top tax bracket might seem high, but in 1980, it was a whopping 70%! • In 2014, 3 out of 4 Americans received a refund, averaging $2,792. • In 2013, the IRS audited just 1% of those who filed returns. Sources: Internal Revenue Service, The Motley Fool, US News & World Report
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