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New school meal standards significantly increase fruit, vegetable consumption

Posted March 6, 2014

New federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption, according to a new study. The study, the first to examine school food consumption both before and after the standards went into effect, contradicts criticisms that the new standards have increased food waste. “There is a push from some organizations and lawmakers to weaken the new standards. We hope the findings, which show that students are consuming more fruits and vegetables, will discourage those efforts,” said the lead author.

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Good nutrition can boost school performance, expert says

Posted August 26, 2013

A healthy diet can help students excel in school, a registered dietitian says. One of the best ways to jump-start a successful school day is to provide children with a nutritious morning meal, says Debby Boutwell, a clinical dietitian in the division of nutrition therapy at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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Healthy Ideas for Back to School Lunches

Posted August 21, 2013

With children heading back to school, now is the perfect time for parents to ramp up efforts to infuse their kids’ lunches with creative, healthy options. “You don’t have to completely cut back on snacks and sugars to ensure that your child eats a well-balanced meal,” says Dr. Joel Lavine, chief of pediatric gastroenterology at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

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New Rules For School Snack Foods Announced In USA

Posted February 4, 2013

The USDA (US Department of Agriculture) released its long-awaited nutritional guidelines for snacks that are sold in schools, in an effort to address the growing problem of obesity and overweight among American school-age children.

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Sea Snails Help Scientists Explore a Possible Way to Enhance Memory

Posted April 30, 2012

Efforts to help people with learning impairments are being aided by a species of sea snail known as Aplysia californica. The mollusk, which is used by researchers to study the brain, has much in common with other species including humans. Research involving the snail has contributed to the understanding of learning and memory. John H. Jack Byrne, Ph.D., and other UTHealth neuroscientists are using sea snails to learn more about memory mechanisms.

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