In Praise of Pop While you might suspect that Father’s Day was first dreamed up by the greeting card industry, its roots actually extend back to the Middle Ages, when a customary day to celebrate fatherhood was an important Catholic tradition in Europe. It continues to be observed on March 19, the feast day of Saint Joseph, in many countries. A decidedly more secular celebration in this country, Father’s Day was established in the early 20th century as a complement to Mother’s Day. Internet research finds no definitive evidence for the official “first” observance, with numerous records of small-scale celebration. We can tell you that when President Woodrow Wilson tried to create it as an officially recognized federal holiday in 1916, Congress resisted, “fearing potential commercialization.” (Wilson had better luck in 1914 with establishing Mother’s Day.) It wasn’t until 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers and designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later the day was made a permanent national observance by President Richard Nixon. The most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau estimates 70 million fathers in the United States. About one-third of them are married with children under age 18. One of the fastest-growing demographics in this country are stay-at-home dads, now numbering more than 213,000. According to Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion (after Christmas, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day), with nearly 75 million cards presented each year. While the National Retail Federation estimates that Americans spend a whopping $21 billion each Mother’s Day, we shell out considerably fewer bucks to honor dear, ol’ Dad: nearly $13 billion—and the most consistent gift remains the ubiquitous necktie. The print and mailing schedule for this double issue may mean it arrives after June 18, 2017, but you can organize parent-related cafeteria promotions all year long. Wash Up—With Liquid Soap! You might think all soaps are created equal, but that’s not the case, according to a report published by the American Journal of Infection Control in February. When participants in a study washed their hands with a foam-style soap, the average bacterial colony count on each hand lowered from 3.6 to 2.6 (on a scale from 1 to 4). With a liquid soap, however, that count went from 3.8 to 1.2. One theory to explain the difference is that foam soap is dispensed as a lather, while a liquid soap must be worked up to a lather while washing your hands. Why does this matter so much? Foam soap options are currently trendy, increasingly replacing traditional liquid soap dispensers in many public spaces, including hospitals, schools and foodservice establishments. But if they’re deemed less effective, this trend could represent a potential foodborne illness risk—although it should be noted that the findings being reported are from a single study. Read More: “Foam soap is not as effective as liquid soap in eliminating hand microbial flora,” American Journal of Infection Control, http://tinyurl.com/Soap-SN Binge on Beach Reads It’s the time of the year when many of us look forward to lounging by the pool, sunning on a beach or hopping on an airplane to enjoy an eagerly anticipated vacation. For each of these activities, a book only makes it better. Looking for something new to read? Check out one of these page-turners: If you loved Gone Girl, check out … Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris. Things were never what you expected in the best-selling Gone Girl, and Behind Closed Doors is of the same class. Jack and Grace are the perfect couple—so why are there bars on their bedroom windows? If you binge-watched “Big Little Lies” on HBO or couldn’t put down the novel, check out … What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty. From the Big Little Lies author, What Alice Forgot is Moriarty’s third book. Alice is 29, in love and newly pregnant—until she wakes up one day to discover she’s 39 and divorced with three kids. What happened in the past decade? If you’d rather read the book first, check out … The Mountain Between Us, by Charles Martin. Two strangers board a charter plane that crashes in the mountains, and their chances of survival are perilous. Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in the film adaptation being released in October. If you’re looking for pure fluff, check out … The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. This is essentially royalty fan-fiction. American Rebecca Porter attends a British university where she, of course, meets and falls in love with the U.K.’s king-to-be. If you want to keep learning during summer vacation, check out … Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow. The book that inspired the hit Broadway musical, Chernow’s biography tells the story of the “$10 founding father without a father,” who overcame all odds to establish America’s economic system. PERDUE ANNOUNCES LOCAL FLEXIBILITY IN MAY, AGRICULTURE SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE announced an interim rule seeking regulatory flexibility for local school food authorities. The commitment by Secretary Perdue addresses concerns raised by SNA in its 2017 Legislative Position Paper, which requested maintaining Target 1 sodium levels and restoring the initial requirement that at least half of grains offered through school meals be whole-grain rich. SNA President Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS, and CEO Patricia Montague, CAE were in attendance at the announcement. SNA supports preserving robust federal rules, but the Association has continued to advocate for practical flexibility under the federal nutrition standards to help ease menu planning challenges and appeal to diverse student tastes. Providing schools with practical flexibility has been supported by Sen. Pat Roberts, Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and Rep. Robert Aderholt, chair of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. A link to a video of Perdue and Aderholt discussing the value of such practical flexibility is available at http://tinyurl.com/PerdueVideo-SNMag. $25,000 The amount that a signed first-edition copy of Where the Wild Things Are went for at auction in 2012. The children’s novel was written by Maurice Sendak, who would have been 70 on June 10, 2017. He died in 2012. 3 Ways to… Boost Your Brain Power 1 EAT LIKE AN ITALIAN. No, don’t scarf down the pasta and pizza! It’s the classic Mediterranean diet that can help slow down brain damage that naturally begins to occur with age. Fish (twice a week), olive oil-drizzled vegetables, nuts, legumes and a little red wine here and there is not only tasty, but will help keep your mind sharp. In fact, according to research, those who eat a Mediterranean diet are 36% less likely to suffer from age-related brain damage. 2 INCREASE YOUR VITAMIN D. Your body takes in vitamin D from sunlight, but your geographic location, skin type, use of sunscreen and what you’re wearing all affect how much your body will actually absorb. Low vitamin D levels are associated with decreased brain function. Therefore, keep your levels adequate by taking a supplement of vitamin D3 (rather than the less-effective D2 ) of about 600 IU per day. (Always check with your physician first, of course!) 3 EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN. Pick a puzzle you enjoy—whether it’s Sudoku, crosswords or word searches—and play it regularly. Even taking part in board games with family and friends can help! Tasking your mind like this affects the size and structure of neurons and the connections between them. PROMO PLANNER AUGUST Goat Cheese Month National Back-to-School Month International Pirate Month National Immunization Awareness Month National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 6-12) National Watermelon Day (Aug. 3) Coast Guard Day (Aug. 4) Annie Oakley’s Birthday (Aug. 13) National Dog Day (Aug. 26) Anniversary of the 19th Amendment (Aug. 26) SEPTEMBER National Chicken Month National Food Safety Education Month National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) National Wild Rice Month Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23) Banned Book Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 1) Labor Day (Sept. 3) National Grandparents’ Day (Sept. 9) National Peanut Day (Sept.13) First Day of Fall (Sept. 22) OCTOBER Breast Cancer Awareness Month National Chili Month National Domestic Violence Awareness Month National Seafood Month National School Lunch Week (Oct. 9-13) National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 16-20) National Custodial Workers Day (Oct. 2) National Taco Day (Oct. 4) National Boss’s Day (Oct. 16) National Pumpkin Day (Oct. 26) For more holidays and promo ideas, visit the 2017-18 Promotional Calendar at www.schoolnutrition.org/promocalendar. “TUESDAY” TIDBITS Federal Bills Introduced on Lunch “Shaming” In May, two companion bills were introduced in the House and the Senate (H.R. 2401 and S. 1064) addressing the stigmatization of children who are unable to pay for school meals. The bills, known together as the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2017, would prevent children who cannot pay, or who have outstanding balances in their school meal accounts, from being discriminated against or stigmatized by school food authorities (SFAs). The bills require SFAs to work with parents and guardians to address the issue while continuing to provide the child with a meal. Nutrition Flexibility Bill Proposed in House Also in May, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) introduced H.R. 2382, the Permanent Flexibility for Schools Act. The bill would amend the National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to remove certain federal nutrition requirements by changing the language to “nutrition guidelines.” This would mean that school meals would not be required to definitively meet the standards as they have been established. First Quarter State Legislative Summary Released SNA has compiled a status update of the school nutrition-related bills introduced in all 50 state legislatures in the first quarter of 2017. School nutrition professionals and advocates are encouraged to review this summary to learn what’s brewing in your state while gaining a sense for trending issues nationwide, such as proposals related to unpaid meal balances, surplus foods and sourcing local items. Access the downloadable PDF at http://tinyurl.com/20171QStateLegSummary-SNMag. SNA Named National Farm to School Network Partner of the Year The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has recognized SNA as the organization’s first National Partner of the Year 2017. “Our partnership with the [NFSN] provides meaningful opportunities to expand awareness of Farm to School programs with SNA members and provide avenues for engagement at the local level with school nutrition operators,” says SNA President Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS. Tuesday Morning is SNA’s free weekly policy e-newsletter. Subscribe at www.schoolnutrition.org/Newsletters/TuesdayMorning. INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTH: TILAPIA This inexpensive, mild, white fish can be dressed up with flavorful ingredients ranging from pesto or parmesan cheese to lemon and garlic. Look for farmed tilapia from the United States, Canada, Ecuador or Peru, but say no to this fish when sourced from Colombia. FACT. If you Google “tilapia,” many sites fill your search results claiming that eating tilapia is worse for you than eating bacon. Not so, says Berkeley Wellness (a collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health). Tilapia’s 2:1 ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3s isn’t ideal (better ratios promote heart health and lower inflammation). Still, the amount of omega-6 in tilapia is miniscule, making it a non-issue. TRY THIS. Place four dry, raw tilapia filets in a baking dish that’s been coated with a pan-release cooking spray. Pour 3 Tbsps. of lemon juice over the fish, and then sprinkle a clove of finely chopped garlic, as well as 1 tsp. each of dried parsley flakes and pepper. Bake in a 350° F oven until it flakes. NUTRITIONAL PROFILE. Like other types of fish, tilapia is low in calories (about 130 per 3.5-oz. serving) and high in protein (26 grams). The drawback is that this fish is lower in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than other varieties, such as salmon and tuna. HOW TO EAT. Because tilapia is so mild, it lacks the “fishy” flavor that most other types of seafood can have, making it a good starter fish for those who don’t love foods in this category. Read More: “The Flip Side of Tilapia, the Perfect Factory Fish,” New York Times, http://tinyurl.com/tilapia-sn The Horn of Plenty As summer arrives, an abundance of fresh, local produce begins to boom in much of the country. It’s the start of a season of farmers markets, one of the best sources in many communities to find local goods, especially fruits and vegetables. Here’s a quick look at the rise and scope of farmers markets in the USA. » 8,664 Total number of farmers markets registered in USDA’s Farmers Market Directory. » 10 States with the most farmers markets in the country: California, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. » 3,390 The number of markets that accept Women, Infant and Children (WIC) vouchers; many also accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. » 10 miles The maximum distance that more than half of market vendors travel to sell their goods; 85% travel fewer than 50 miles. » 17.4 cents The amount that farmers receive from every dollar that an American spends on food. But at farmers markets, this amount increases to 90 cents on the dollar. » Where do I find a farmers market? • National Farmers Market Directory, USDA www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets • Local Harvest www.localharvest.org • Eat Well Guide www.eatwellguide.org Source: Farmers Market Coalition, https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/education/qanda Independence Day Join us in celebrating all things red, white and blue with a look at America’s Declaration of Independence by the numbers. » 5 men made up the committee that drafted the Declaration: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman. » Only 1 man, Roger Sherman, signed all 4 U.S. state papers (the Continental Association, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and the Constitution). » July 2, 1776: The date that independence was formally declared. July 4 marks the day that Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. » 2 signers were just 26 years old: Thomas Lynch, Jr., and Edward Rutledge, both of South Carolina. » After the Declaration was signed, printer John Dunlap was asked to print 200 copies to distribute throughout the colonies. Only 26 are known to survive today. » Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died, within hours of one another, 50 years to the day after Congress adopted the Declaration: July 4, 1826. » 1 copy of the Declaration of Independence, which was found in 1989, hidden in the back of a picture frame bought at a flea market, sold for $8.1 million. A 2nd previously unknown copy was discovered in 2009 at the British National Archives. Sources: CNN, ConstitutionFacts.com, History.com
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