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Kevin Woods Nominated as School Nutrition Association Board of Directors Rep

Because of his passion for child nutrition, Kevin Woods, SNS, CFSP, LEED AP, has been nominated to serve as industry representative to the School Nutrition Association (SNA) Board of Directors.An 18-year veteran of the foodservice equipment industry, Woods’ career includes a strong focus on child nutrition and education.

Sodexo, MyFitnessPal Make Nutrition Easy

Dietitians and health experts everywhere regard daily tracking of physical activity and food intake as the single biggest tool for success in any health, diet, or fitness program, and that process just got easier for millions of Americans, thanks to a strategic partnership between Sodexo and MyFitnessPal.

Rubbermaid Releases BPA-Free Foodservice Products

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), the leader in solution-based commercial products, announced the launch of the brand’s first-ever BPA-free commercial foodservice product line.RCP created the revolutionary product line in collaboration with Eastman Chemical Company using its Tritan copolyester, a material free of Bisphenol A (BPA) that offers the highest quality, durability, and clarity in the industry.

NRA to N.Y. Health Board: Beverage Ban Ineffective

New York’s proposed beverage ban is a misguided and ineffective tactic against obesity and unfairly targets the restaurant industry, a leading job creator in New York City and nationwide, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) told the New York Department of Health in a public hearing on the proposal today.

School Nutrition Association Names President

Sandra Ford, SNS, director of food and nutrition for Manatee County School District in Florida, has become the 65th president of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals nationwide.

Seattle Tops List of Vegetarian-Friendly Cities

From veggie burgers to ratatouille, meat-free options continue to grow in popularity among U.S. diners, with 47 percent of Americans eating at least one vegetarian meal per week, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group's May 2012 National Harris Poll.

Chevys Fresh Mex Joins Kids LiveWell

Chevys Fresh Mex announced today the rollout of new kids menus featuring healthy, seasonal items that parents can feel good about and kids will crave. The menus, which debut on July 17, are compliant with the National Restaurant Association’s highly celebrated Kids LiveWell program.

Americans Hungry for Healthy Foods

Thanks to efforts like the First Lady's "Let's Move" program, health is on everyone's minds these days. To prove it, research firm Mintel recently released a study showing that just over two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans choose healthier foods to stay well.

Kids LiveWell Hits 1 Year with More Than 100 Participants

The National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) groundbreaking Kids LiveWell initiative is marking its first anniversary this week, as the first-of-its-kind voluntary industry program reaches more than 100 participating restaurant brands committed to providing families with a growing selection of healthful children’s menu choices when dining out.

Dishing the Dirt on Restaurants Again

It seems every other day there is an alarming headline about restaurants that gives the public another reason to eat at home. The latest jab came from, of all places, an episode of “The Doctor Oz Show,” where fecal matter on menus was a topic du jour.

HealthyDiningFinder Receives Prestigious Web Award

Healthy Dining today announced that its signature website and premier restaurant search engine,, received a Merit Award in the website category of the 14th annual Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) Winter/Spring 2012 Web Health Awards.

“Kosher” Most Common Claim on New F&B Products in 2011

New data from Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD), has spotlighted the most frequent health-focused on-package claims for new products in the food and beverage industry.For 2011, topping the list was “kosher,” which appeared on 27 percent of new products, more than twice as often as the second-most-common claim, “all natural product.

NRA Applauds Passage of Health Care Cost Reduction Act

The National Restaurant Association today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the bipartisan “Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012” (H.R. 436), which will lower the cost of health insurance for employers and return some flexibility to the use of Health Spending Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) for restaurant employees and consumers.

Senate Bill Introduced to Improve Housing for Hens

The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers applaud the introduction of S. 3239, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, in the U.S. Senate.The bill was introduced by by Sen.