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5/24/2018

Students at a junior high school in Louisiana recently celebrated their school nutrition professionals for helping to increase participation in the school's breakfast program. The school increased its breakfast participation by 46% and received the state's top award in the "No Kid Hungry" Breakfast Challenge.

5/24/2018

An Oregon elementary school has been listed as one of the healthiest schools in the state because of its focus on nutrition, gardening and physical education. The school also has a program that introduces students to new vegetables and teaches them how to prepare foods.

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Oregon elementary school
5/24/2018

Hypertension treatment guidelines released last November by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association mean about 46% of the US population would now be considered to have high blood pressure and 36% could be recommended for blood pressure medication, according to a study in JAMA Cardiology. If the guidelines were fully implemented, it could lead to 156,000 fewer deaths and 340,000 fewer heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related problems each year, the researchers predicted.

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HealthDay News
5/24/2018

A bipartisan bill passed by the Missouri lawmakers and is awaiting signature from Gov. Eric Greitens designates that only products from once-living animals can be marketed as meat. Critics say people already know what they are looking at when grocery shopping and having individual state laws could require producers to create multiple product labels.

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National Public Radio
5/23/2018

Starbucks is now the US champion of proximity-based payments via mobile apps, according to eMarketer. That puts the coffee chain with its 23.4 million app users ahead of such eminences as Apple, Google and Samsung.

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5/23/2018

The number of teens in the summer workforce has fallen significantly since 1978, while demand for seasonal labor has grown. Summer jobs making fudge and serving up french fries that were traditionally filled by high school and college students are now largely filled by workers from other countries under H-2B visas, but those visas are becoming more difficult to obtain under the Trump administration.

5/23/2018

School nutrition professionals in two Mississippi districts are preparing for their summer-meal programs to make sure that students don't go hungry. Debbie Byrd, Picayune School District's food service director, says their program will run from June 4 until July 13.

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Picayune Item (Miss.)
5/23/2018

It's the barrel that gives brown spirits those caramel tones, so it's wrong to assume that a sweet additive is at work, Kara Newman writes. Another common misconception is that single-barrel liquors are always superior to blends -- in reality, both options can be smooth and tasty, according to Karen Hoskin of Montanya Distillers.

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Kara Newman
5/23/2018

Half of casual dining operators report higher sales today than a year ago, and about one-third of consumers say they're making more casual restaurant visits, according to Datassential's SNAP! Keynote Report: Casual Dining. Driving more repeat visits remains a challenge for casual restaurants, and eateries are increasingly looking to tech tools to speed the ordering process for busy consumers.

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Datassential
5/23/2018

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testified Tuesday before the House education committee. During the hearing, she addressed issues related to teacher pay, the TEACH grant program, school safety and support for LGBT students.