The People’s Choice For a third consecutive year, School Nutrition turned to Annual National Conference (ANC) attendees to help select the cover of this month’s issue. Each person who stopped by the SN booth in the Exhibit Hall in Atlanta this summer was asked to choose just one favorite of the three cover options shown here. While each of these cuties certainly had a fan club, the winner was no contest, taking more votes than the other two combined. Thank you to all who voted, who participated in this year’s Ruby Reader contest (pages 8–9), who volunteered as Secret Shoppers (stay tuned for our October issue) and who extended generous compliments. We love our readers and we’re glad that you love SN. The Wonderful World of Podcasting SEPTEMBER 30 MARKS INTERNATIONAL PODCAST DAY, celebrating the radio-esque audio shows that are available on-demand on your phone, computer or tablet. (Video versions exist, too.) You might have been introduced to podcasts during the “Serial” craze in 2014 (if you didn’t tune in, it’s still well worth a listen) or you may use this technology to catch up with your favorite public radio shows, such as This American Life or Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. But did you realize that there are tens of thousands of podcasts to download on a variety of topics? There’s always a new one to discover. It was author Ben Hammersley, in a 2004 The Guardian article, who first made mention of “podcasting.” Other names he suggested included “Audioblogging” and “GuerillaMedia,” but it was in borrowing on the predominant (at the time) method for listening to such shows—the Apple iPod®—that resonated with listeners. (Remember: You don’t have to own an Apple product to enjoy podcasts. You can pull up the podcast’s own website to listen, or use a podcasting app on your phone or tablet.) Don’t know where to start? National Public Radio (NPR) hosts a weekly broadcast called “The Big Listen,” which features various podcasts, providing interviews and recommendations to help users create the perfect playlist. Here are three more show suggestions (beyond “Serial”) to check out: Reveal. An in-depth journalism trek from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Reveal takes a deep dive into important current topics and events. Try this episode: “The Man Inside: Four Months as a Prison Guard.” A journalist cracks a private prison’s shell of secrecy. In the Dark. The story of the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling in 1989 in Minnesota, In the Dark began podcasting mere months WINNER before the perpetrator confessed to the crime. Try this episode: You gotta’ start at the beginning, with “The Crime.” How I Built This. From NPR, this is a fascinating look at the people and story behind popular worldwide brands and products, such as Crate & Barrel, DryBar and Instagram. Try this episode: “Southwest Airlines: Herb Kelleher,” the engrossing story of America’s favorite low-cost carrier. Others worth a listen: Radiolab Presents: More Perfect, any of the Coffee Break podcasts to learn a new language, Up First, Stuff You Should Know, Reply All. Read More: “27 Podcasts You Should Listen To In 2017,” Buzzfeed, http://tinyurl.com/Podcasts-SN WILL CHILD POVERTY RATES CONTINUE TO DECLINE? Although the child poverty rate continues to drop—to 21% in 2015—according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, this is still a staggering statistic in a country with as much wealth as the United States. Report authors urge lawmakers to continue the policies that have allowed these numbers to decrease after peaking at 23% in 2011. The reduction, according to the report, is a result of a number of national and state policies that have created positive outcomes for families nationwide. For example, 95% of children have health care coverage due to expansions in Medicaid and key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit allow more parents to have jobs and bear the cost of housing. The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book ranked states in order of overall child well-being, with New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont coming in as the top three, followed by Minnesota and Iowa. Mississippi was ranked lowest in overall child well-being, followed by New Mexico, Louisiana, Nevada and Arizona. To find out how your state ranks, visit the website. Read More: 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, http://tinyurl.com/2017KidsCount-SN Mark the Occasion of National Punctuation Day If you never thought punctuation was important, think about this—”Let’s eat Grandpa!” and “Let’s eat, Grandpa!” send two very different messages, one potentially saving an old man’s life. Celebrate the importance of the humble comma—and other important punctuation marks—on September 24, National Punctuation Day. One of the hardest punctuation marks to understand proper use of is probably the semi-colon, so here’s a primer: You can use a semi-colon when there are two independent sentences that could stand on their own, but are related in subject. (A comma is used when the phrases can’t stand on their own.) A quick tip, though—if you’re unsure about if a semi-colon is appropriate, you can always use a period instead. The sentences might not flow as well, but it’s a sure-fire way to be grammatically correct. Read More: National Punctuation Day, www.nationalpunctuationday.com BY THE NUMBERS $21.9 billion The amount saved in lifetime medical costs and low wages if merely 50% of U.S. children ages 8 to 11 exercised 25 minutes a day, three days a week. It would result in 340,000 fewer overweight and obese youths. Johns Hopkins University 3 Ways to… Enjoy a Long Drive 1 FIND A GREAT PODCAST OR AUDIOBOOK. When you have something fascinating to listen to, you might lose track of how many miles you’ve logged or the traffic that’s slowing you down. Check out your local library’s digital catalog and download an audiobook straight to your phone or check out podcast recommendations on pages 10–11. 2 MAKE IT AN OCCASION TO BRAINSTORM. Some of your best thoughts appear when you’re doing something mindless like showering—or driving long distances. After buckling up, decide on an aspect of your life that needs change or improvement. It could be something as simple as how to decorate your master bedroom or as complicated as a addressing a personnel issue at work. Don’t forget to jot down your best ideas once you reach your destination! 3 LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE. One of the best ways to learn a new language is to hear it and speak it out loud. Check out language CDs from the local library or select a podcast and work your way through it—soon you’ll be speaking Spanish (or Italian or Chinese or…) like a pro! PROMO PLANNER OCTOBER Down Syndrome Awareness Month National Apple Month National Tomato Month National School Lunch Week (Oct. 9-13) Freedom of Speech Week (Oct. 16–22) National Taco Day (Oct. 4) World Food Day (Oct. 16) National Pumpkin Day (Oct. 26) National Cat Day (Oct. 29) Dia de los Muertos (Oct. 31–Nov. 2) NOVEMBER National Diabetes Month Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month Vegan Month National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (Nov. 11–19) American Education Week (Nov. 13–17) Daylight Savings Time Ends (Nov. 5) National STEM/STEAM Day (Nov. 8) Veterans Day (Nov. 11) National Pickle Day (Nov. 14) Mickey Mouse’s Birthday (Nov. 18) DECEMBER National Pear Month Universal Human Rights Month Worldwide Food Service Safety Month World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) National Handwashing Awareness Week (Dec. 3–9) Hanukkah (Dec. 12–20) National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (Dec. 15) Kwanzaa (Dec. 26–Jan. 1, 2018) National Cocoa Day (Dec. 13) Winter Solstice (Dec. 21) For more holidays and promo ideas, visit the 2017-18 Promotional Calendar at www.schoolnutrition.org/promocalendar. “TUESDAY” TIDBITS SY 2017-18 Reimbursement Rates Set USDA released new reimbursement rates for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program and Afterschool Care Programs. The rates are effective from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. To read the notice in the Federal Register visit http://tinyurl.com/ReimbursementRates-SNmag. A separate notice about the value of donated foods in the USDA Foods Program is available at http://tinyurl.com/ValueDonatedFoods-SNmag. Lawmakers Propose Food Recovery Bill On July 31, 2017, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) introduced S. 1680, the Food Recovery Act of 2017. This bicameral (Senate-House) legislation aims to reduce food waste in retail stores, restuarants, schools, farms and homes. It’s estimated that 40% of the U.S. food supply goes uneaten every year. The bill would encourage school cafeterias to purchase lower-price “ugly” fruits and vegetables and would extend grant programs to educate students on the issue. The End of Paid Lunch Equity? Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) introduced the School Lunch Affordability Act on July 25, 2017. The bill would repeal the paid lunch equity requirements made to the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. This requirement mandates schools charge students for paid meals at a price that is, on average, equal to the difference between the free meal reimbursement and the paid meal reimbursement. Child Nutrition Database Updated USDA has released the 21st edition of the Child Nutrition Database (CN21) for companies that develop software approved by USDA for nutrient analyses. New in this release are fields for vitamin D and potassium, 379 new food products and nutrient data for 122 new USDA standardized recipes. Details about the Database are available at http://tinyurl.com/CNDatabase-SNmag. Tuesday Morning is SNA’s free weekly policy e-newsletter. Subscribe at www.schoolnutrition.org/Newsletters/TuesdayMorning. INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTH: MUSHROOMS Last year, U.S. mushroom growers produced a whopping 946 million pounds of fresh mushrooms, ranging from the common varieties, such as white button and portabella to the lesser-known enoki, beech and maitake. A meaty alternative to actual meat, these flavorful fungi run the gamut from gorgeous (chanterellas) to a little grotesque (the much-loved morels). FACT. A recently released study, The Mushroom Sustainability Story, determined that mushrooms are not only good for the body but also good for the planet. One pound of mushrooms requires just 1.8 gallons of water and 1.0 kilowatt hours of energy, and generates only 0.7 pounds of CO2 equivalent HOW TO EAT. Some mushrooms can be eaten raw, but we’ll bet that’s not the most popular way to enjoy the fungus. In school programs, one of the best ways to eat mushrooms is to dice or shred them and add them to beef, such as taco meat or spaghetti sauce, to stretch the dish. NUTRITIONAL PROFILE. More than 40% of U.S. adults are deficient in vitamin D, but mushrooms are one of the few vegetarian foods that contain the nutrient. TRY THIS. Slice portabella mushrooms into halves or quarters and sauté in butter or olive oil and garlic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper for one of the easiest side dishes you could ever make. Read More. The Mushroom Council, www.mushroomcouncil.org
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