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Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: June 29

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry for June 25-29.

School Nutrition Standards to Go into Effect on July 1
From HuffPost Education

Schools across the country have been gearing up for new nutritional standards that go into affect on July 1.  A recent HuffPost Education article looked into a Health Impact Assessment by the Health Impact Project which found the new standards will immensely help children stay at a healthy weight and increase foodservice revenue.  Read full article on at HuffPost Education.

Restaurants President Obama Dines At See Spike in Sales
From QSR

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Whenever a restaurant gets exposure, whether it’s in a magazine or television show, sales usually increase.  So one could only imagine what would happen when the president stops by.  QSR spoke with Casey Patten, co-owner of hoagie restaurant  Taylor Gourmet, about their experience with President Obama visiting one of their locations on May 16.  It turned out sales of the sandwich the president ate rose 250 percent at all Taylor Gourmet locations. Overall, QSR said restaurants typically see anywhere from a 15 to 25 percent increase in sales when the president dines there.  Read full article on the QSR website.

Remembering Writer, Filmmaker and Food Lover Nora Ephron
From Bradenton Herald and Eater

Writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron, famous for many films such as as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, passed away on Tuesday June 26 at the age of 71.  In addition to writing and filmmaking, she was also very passionate about food.  Her last film, “Julie & Julia,” focused on chef Julia Child which a Bradenton Herald article said “in some ways reflected the filmmaker’s own love of food preparation.”  They also talked about her work in her Manhattan kitchen and self-published 174-page cookbook titled “Nora’s Cookbook.”  Eater.com put together this article which includes a collection of thoughts about Ephron, written by many people in the food and movie industries.

Healthy Dining Finder Wins Award for Being a Top Health Resource
From National Restaurant Association

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According to a recent NRA article, HealthyFinder.com received Health Information Resource Center’s Winter/Spring 2012 Web Health award.  The site is a nutrition and food guide dedicated to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Read full story on the NRA website.

Restaurants Gear Up for July 4
From Various Websites

With America’s birthday just around the corner, restaurants all over the country are gearing up with specials; some of these specials exclusive to the holiday and some aren’t.  Here are a few we found, please share your findings below in our comments section!  Dates vary, be sure to click on links for full details.

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?