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new! List of Fiber Content in Common Foods - This list is a companion to an article that appears in the Spring 2013 Serving Spoon.

Whole Grain Guidance
Guidance on Requests for Exemption from Whole Grains in SY 2014-15 and 2015-16
On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a memo providing State Agencies with guidance on granting exemptions from the regulatory whole grain-rich requirement in meal programs for school years 2014-15 and 2015-16. State Agencies that choose to offer exemptions to their School Food Authorities must notify their FNS regional office and provide a copy of their exemption process prior to implementation. Read the full USDA memo for more details.


Nutrition Misconceptions
The attendees at the March 2010 LAC in Washington, D.C. heard Dr. Keith-Thomas Ayoob, EDD, R.D., FADA, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.  Dr. Ayoob very directly addressed nutrition misconceptions frequently seen on the internet.  He said science is the basis of nutrition and we should not be influenced by personal opinions or philosophy.  Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation that highlights valid studies about allergies, food colors, hyperactivity, sugar, sodium, aspertame, etc.  Mary Klatko, federal legislative chaiman, has requested the video from the conference which will be posted as soon as it is released.  This is one you will not want to miss!





"MyPlate" - New Icon for the Dietary Guidelines
The federal government has unveiled a new food icon, MyPlate, to remind consumers tomake healthier food choices. Click on the link above to see the icon and learn more about this new initiative. - The American Dietetic Association website provides eating and information on healthy eating and upcoming events related to nutrition. - Reports on issues related to Child Nutrition and school meals. The official school nutrition website. It is the School Nutrition Association. - The Food and Nutrition Information Center at the National Agricultural Library provides a directory of resources for consumers, nutrition and health professionals, educators and government personnel. Provides access to the Food Guide Pyramid. -- The Maryland State Department of Education's School and Community Nutrition Programs Branch website provides information about Maryland’s new Afterschool Supper Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program,Wellness Policies, and more. - Website geared to produce consumption. The mission of Produce for Better Healthy (PBH) foundation is to create a healthier America through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. - The Food, Nutrition and Consumer services website. Information details the partnership between the Food and Nutrition Services and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion within the USDA. - The American Heart Association website provides information in English and Spanish about healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, and heart and stroke information. - A nationwide initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools. Website provides information by state. - The Society for Nutrition Education represents the professional interests of nutrition educators in the U.S. and world wide. - Website sponsored by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. A statewide initiative that promotes increased opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating through policy and environmental change is explained.