Hunger Threatens Most Low-Income Families The hunger crisis in America continues, according to a report from the No Kid Hungry campaign of Share Our Strength. The study surveyed families, teachers and kids themselves about the challenges they experience when it comes to having sufficient food to eat. Nearly two-thirds of low-income parents assert that a single, unplanned expense, such as a $1,000 medical bill or car repair, would hinder their ability to put food on the family table. Additionally, the report notes, roughly 62% of low-income parents specifically cite a worry about food for their children running out before they have the funds to buy more. This anxiety extends to the whole family—55% of kids know about their parents’ worries about food and 42% feel sadness about not having enough to eat. No Kid Hungry has launched a website, www.hungerinourschools.org, to present these sobering statistics in an interactive, visual way that will promote action. The organization pinpoints school meal programs as the solution to this crisis. “We know that [they] work,” said Share Our Strength CEO Billy Shore in a press release. “We’ve seen the data, and—more importantly—we’ve seen the smiles on kids’ faces.” Need more research data to back up your plans to expand school breakfast, convert to CEP, etc.? No Kid Hungry also released three micro-reports, Hunger 2017: Families on the Brink; Hunger: The Hidden Burden on Teens in the U.S.; and Teachers: Hungry Kids Can’t Learn, all of which can be found on the organization’s website. These reports detail findings from the specific group surveys of parents, teens and teachers. Read More: Hunger in Our Schools, No Kid Hungry, http://tinyurl.com/hunger-snmag Let’s Talk Procrastination (or Maybe Later?) CHRONICALLY LATE. MISSED DEADLINES. An ever-growing to-do list (with very few tasks actually checked off). Does this sound like someone you know—or does it sound like you? Don’t feel too guilty because you’re not alone. According to data presented in July at the Procrastination Research Conference in Indiana, 1 in 5 people—that’s 20%!—are considered chronic procrastinators. Those who fit into this category aren’t simply putting off hard tasks now and then or occasionally walking into work a few minutes past the starting time. Someone with this condition procrastinates in nearly all areas of life, including work, personal, financial and social, to the point where it wreaks havoc. In fact, researchers theorize, these chronic procrastinators, or “procs” (rhymes with “crocs”), actually suffer from a psychological disease. The true definition of procrastination, according to lead researcher, Joseph R. Ferrari, PhD, is “The purposive and frequent delay in beginning or completing a task to the point of experiencing subjective discomfort, such as anxiety or regret.” And it’s not just an American problem—that same 1 in 5 figure shows up worldwide, no matter where researchers survey people. Some experts believe that those who suffer from chronic procrastination would do well with cognitive behavior therapy, as well as some hard work on time-management skills. You might (or might not) benefit from this approach, but if part of your procrastination tendencies stem from a feeling of dread when you look at a certain task or your mounting to-do list, start by taking advice from Mark Twain on how to get things done: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” No, we’re not recommending a breakfast of amphibians; rather, follow the metaphor: If you do the hardest task first thing in the morning, then everything else will be a little bit easier in comparison! Learn More: Procrastination Test-Abridged, Psychology Today, http://tinyurl.com/Procrastination-SNmag DIETARY SUPPLEMENT DANGER Dietary supplements are intended to make you healthier, but in some cases, they’re doing anything but that. In a study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology, the rate of calls to poison control centers related to ingestion of dietary supplements (such as over-the-counter vitamins and minerals) increased by nearly 50% between 2005 and 2012. The majority of the calls were related to children younger than age 6, and 99% of the time, the exposure to the supplement was unintentional. The study included herbs, botanicals, homeopathic agents and amino acids, as well as concentrates, metabolites, constituents and extracts of these ingredients, along with vitamins and minerals. Keep your children (and grandchildren, even if they only visit sporadically) safe from supplements and medications by keeping them as far out of reach as possible—remember that kids are natural-born climbers! Also, take an extra second or two to ensure you hear the lock on the safety cap click every time you handle a bottle. Keep the number to Poison Control (800/222-1222) in easy view for babysitters and for yourself—in an emergency, you don’t want to waste time on a Google search. Read More: “Put Your Medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://tinyurl.com/supplements-SNmag Institute of Child Nutrition Gains and Grows The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) has installed Aleshia Hall-Campbell as its new executive director. Prior to her appointment as ICN acting director, which she held for two years before the official promotion, Hall-Campbell was the Institute’s associate director of cooperative agreements. She holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to step into this capacity,” Hall-Campbell said in a press release. As ICN’s first African-American executive director, Hall-Campbell noted, “It’s humbling. I don’t want that to be the focus, but I do want to acknowledge it and step in to be a role model.” Hall-Campbell looks forward to working toward an ICN priority to “expand partnerships with allied organizations to continue providing high-quality training and resources for nutrition professionals.” ICN was established by Congress in 1989 as the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. Learn More: www.instituteofchildnutrition.org. BY THE NUMBERS 5,000 The average number of daily steps taken by a smartphone user, according to a Stanford University study of 717,000 people from 95 countries. 3 Ways to… Make Friends 1 REACH OUT TO PEOPLE FROM YOUR PAST. It’s so easy to lose connections when you’re an adult. Work, family and other obligations tend to take up so much of your time; before you know it, your social group has dwindled to nil. You may be surprised as to how many other adults feel the same way—so, start by making time to dash off some emails or Facebook messages to those whom you know in the area, whether they are former college roommates, friends of friends or that nice woman you met at the park. 2 JUST SAY SOMETHING. When at a gathering, meetup or party where you don’t know many people, make the first move by saying something—anything!—to another person. You don’t have to come up with the perfect opening line; this is not a first date. Almost anything that starts a conversation (the weather, the food, sports, mutual connections) is suitable, although politics, religion and gossip are decided danger zones. Before you part company, suggest a future coffee or lunch and make sure to exchange contact information. 3 TURN ACQUAINTANCES INTO FRIENDS by inviting them to join your solo activities. If you regularly go for a walk in the evening, ask a neighbor to join you. If you recently chatted about TV shows with a casual friend, invite them over for shared viewing of an upcoming episode. It requires just a little bit of effort to transform that person into a true-blue friend, but spending time together is the first step. PROMO PLANNER NOVEMBER National Adoption Month National American Indian Heritage Month National Diabetes Month Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18) Sandwich Day (Nov. 3) Daylight Savings Time Ends (Nov. 5) Veterans Day (Nov. 11) Great American Smokeout (Nov. 16) Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) #GivingTuesday (Nov. 28) DECEMBER Worldwide Food Service Safety Month Gingerbread Decorating Day (Dec. 9) World Choral Day (Dec. 10) Hanukkah Begins (Dec. 12) National Cocoa Day (Dec. 13) International Migrants Day (Dec. 18) Crossword Puzzle Day (Dec. 21) Christmas (Dec. 25) Clara Barton’s Birthday (Dec. 25) Kwanzaa Begins (Dec. 26) JANUARY 2018 National Mentoring Month National Soup Month National Volunteer Blood Donor Month Sugar Awareness Week (Jan. 15-19) National Science Fiction Day (Jan. 2) National Spaghetti Day (Jan. 4) National Milk Day (Jan. 11) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 15) Kid Inventors Day (Jan. 17) National Compliment Day (Jan. 24) For more holidays and promo ideas, visit the 2017-18 Promotional Calendar at www.schoolnutrition.org/promocalendar. “TUESDAY” TIDBITS Bipartisan Bill Offers SBP Commodity Support On September 12, Representatives Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) jointly introduced the Healthy Breakfasts Help Kids Learn Act (H.R. 3738), which provides commodity support for the School Breakfast Program (SBP). The bipartisan bill addresses a key priority of SNA’s 2017 Position Paper and was developed with participation from the Association’s legislative team. If passed, the bill would provide an additional 6 cents in commodity support for every breakfast served. This will help reduce food expenditures, manage rising costs, expand breakfast programs and improve menus for students. SNA members are encouraged to reach out to their legislators and request support for this legislation. Read the text of the bill at http://tinyurl.com/BrkfstCommodityBill-SNMag. School Nutrition Professionals Recognized in Congress Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) delivered a stunning tribute to the hard work and contributions of America’s school nutrition professionals in a speech to Congress on September 12. The recognition highlighted the vital role school nutrition staff play in the education system. The statement is included in the Congressional Record and can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/CongressRecognizesSNPs-SNMag. View a video of Rep. Davis delivering his speech at http://tinyurl.com/SNPRecog-Video-SNMag. USDA Agencies Merge On September 7, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced plans to realign and combine several offices within USDA. Among the changes, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will merge to allow for more integrated efforts and improved administrative efficiencies. CNPP develops and promotes dietary guidance to consumers. FNS works to end hunger and obesity through 15 federal nutrition assistance programs. Visit http://tinyurl.com/USDAmergers-SNMag to read Perdue’s statement and learn about other moves within USDA. Tuesday Morning is SNA’s free weekly policy e-newsletter. Subscribe at www.schoolnutrition.org/Newsletters/TuesdayMorning. INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTH: DELICATA SQUASH With the autumn months comes hordes of gourds—squash in all forms, from pumpkin to acorn to spaghetti. You might be a butternut expert, but have you tried delicata squash? This pale-yellow squash with green striations on the rind, has a thin, edible skin, which makes it much easier to enjoy regularly. FACT. When cooked, delicata’s consistency is similar to a creamy and soft sweet potato, with a hint of an earthy taste. HOW TO EAT. You don’t have to peel this bad boy—just slice and bake. If you slice it width-wise, you can enjoy the effect that the scalloped edges create. But first, start by slicing it down the center, so you can scoop out the seeds. NUTRITIONAL PROFILE. There’s no going wrong with a winter squash—it’s fat-free, sodium-free and an excellent source of vitamin A. Beyond slicing and roasting, you can cut the squash in half and stuff it with all sorts of culinary combinations. Mix up sliced kale or spinach, a little bit of cream and some mild cheese, and then spoon it into the squash’s center. Roast until it’s done, and you have a fancy, but super-easy-prep, dish. Most Popular Recipes in Each State Do you agree with these picks compiled by Google Trends? The search engine collected the most-searched-for-recipe queries made in each state in 2016.
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