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.
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.
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.
Sophisticated, unique and global flavors are making their way into more snacks, and brands are also releasing innovations that feature twists on classic favorites, said Susan Whiteside of the National Confectioners Association during the recent Sweets & Snacks Expo. "In the always-popular category of new takes on old favorites, caramel and coconut seem to be where it's at this year," she said.
Hostess is co-hosting the World Hostess Donettes Eating Championship on June 1 in Philadelphia, with the winner taking home $4,000. Contestants will have six minutes to eat as many powdered Donettes as possible.
Pacific Foods has launched a massive product refresh that highlights the brand's Nourish Every Body platform. The company is making a bigger push into the dairy-alternative market, launching an unsweetened hazelnut drink to grow its plant-based milk portfolio.
Orangina has devised a packaging-based solution to encourage fans to shake their drink cans before consuming. As part of the "Wiiish Box" campaign, consumers can enter codes from special genie cans online and then share a wish, after which the brand will choose two wishes that the company hopes to grant.
With 36% of purchasing decisions influenced by packaging, good design pays for food and beverage brands, writes crowdspring's Amanda Bowman. "Creating a packaging design that is informative, eye-catching and memorable is a critical part of any product's success," she writes.