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Week in Brief: February 28-March 2

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for February 27-March 2.

Growing Number of Americans Can’t Afford Food, Study Finds

From HuffingtonPost.com, read article here.

In a recent report from the Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit research group, 1 out of every 5 Americans, or 18.6%, told Gallup pollsters that they couldn’t always afford to feed their family.  Although the unemployment rate has fallen in the past few months and one would think the amount of income being spent on food would increase, the percentage has actually decreased.  Factors such as increases in food and gas prices, as well as decreases in income for most low-to middle-class Americans, contributed to this decrease in money spent.

The report also found that only 12% of voters believe our country spends too much money on food assistance programs.  78% believe we should spend more or the same amount on food stamp and other food assistance programs, due to our growing disastrous economic outlook. Read the full article on HuffingtonPost.com

School Cafeterias To Celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 5-9

From SchoolNutrition.org, read press release here.

Next week (March 5-9), school cafeterias across the country will celebrate National School Breakfast Week.  The slogan this year is titled, “School Breakfast – Go for Gold”; its focus will be on encouraging students to eat healthy breakfasts at school, which studies have shown improve a student’s behavior in class,  test scores, and lessens sick and tardy days.

“School Breakfast – Go for Gold” will incorporate special menus and breakfast recipes, as well as puzzles and brainteasers to help students use their brains before starting class.  They are even offering students the chance to design their own t-shirts that highlight the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.  Read the full press release on schoolnutrition.org

Sugar Should be Regulated Like Alcohol, Tobacco, Commentary Says

From CBSNews.com, read the article here.

A new commentary published in the February issue of Nature says sugar is as toxic as alcohol and tobacco, so it should be regulated similarly in order to curb its consumption.  (Photo supplied by MorgueFile.com)

According to the authors, sugar consumption has tripled over the last 50 years, causing a 30% increase in obesity.  They argue that sugar is toxic to the body due to its consumption often resulting in chronic diseases, such as heart disease or diabetes, and that it is potentially addictive because it acts on the same part of the brain.

The authors argue that’s why the government should step in and regulate sugar consumption among consumers, by taxes, age restrictions and other policies.  Read the full article on cbs.com

Still Hungry?  Many Americans Having a ‘Second’ Breakfast

From USAToday.com, read the article here.

Due to the current fast-paced society, most Americans don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, so many are grabbing ‘on-the-go’ snacks to carry them through the morning until lunch.  Many food companies are now marketing toward this trend by introducing smaller snacks that tend to be lower in calories and filled with fiber in order to curb appetites, since consumer seem to be more calorie-conscious in the mornings.

General Mills introduced its Fiber One bars, both in a 140-calorie and 90-calorie option, while Quaker Oats is focused on selling its banana nut bar, which also has 140 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.

Yet, this snacking habit could lead to overindulging and extra calories and pounds, say experts.  The key is to limit your amount of calories, while still fueling your body consistently throughout the day to receive the energy it needs.  Read the full article on USAToday.com

Upcoming Food Holidays in March

From Gone-ta-Pott.com, read the list here.

March is a month full of National food holidays!  Here’s just a short list of what holidays fall in March:

–Maple Sugar Month

–National Nutrition Month

–National Frozen Food Month

–Great American Meatout Month (You know Man vs. Food will be all over this!)

–National Peanut Month

–National Sauce Month

–National Flour Month

–National Noodle Month

–International Hamburger and Pickle Month

Read the complete list on Gone-ta-Pott.com

Schools to Celebrate National School Breakfast Week

During the week of March 5-9, schools and organizations across the United States will celebrate National School Breakfast Week to highlight the importance and availability of the School Breakfast Program.  Each year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) creates a theme that starts in January and runs through National School Breakfast Week.  This year’s theme is “School Breakfast—Go for Gold.”

SNA’s goal with this campaign is to help students learn the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. They also mention it lines up with the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign.

SNA has put together several resources on their website to get schools back on track and ensure they have all the tools they need for a successful breakfast program.

The also want to make sure students, parents and the media know:

  • The School Breakfast Program is available for schools
  • There is an established link between breakfast and academic success
  • Eating a nutritious breakfast is important as it helps children keep at a healthy weigh

It’s extremely important for children to maintain a healthy weight.  According to the Let’s Move! website, every one in three children is overweight.

“Thirty years ago, most people led lives that kept them at a height weight,” Let’s Move! said. “Today, children experience a very different lifestyle.  Walks to and from school have been replaced by car and bus rides.  Gym class and after-school sports have been cut; afternoons are now spent with TV, video games and the internet.  Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer home-cooked meals.  Snacking between meals is not commonplace.”

The good news is, as Let’s Move! went into its second year this February, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said they didn’t see a rise in childhood obesity.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, MyPlate and the new standards for school meals are a few of the many factors that have helped in the fight against childhood obesity.  Now the goal is to give children the tools they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

For all information about this year’s National School Breakfast Week, including tools and resources for schools, visit SNA’s website.

Will your school be celebrating National School Breakfast Week?