MONROE, La. (AP) — A new coalition is providing athletic shoes for 40 children at one Louisiana elementary school.
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FAIRFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Police arrested the manager of a health and nutrition store after a raid turned up dozens of bottles of a cat sedative linked to bizarre behavior in humans.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota schools are replacing pizza and chicken tenders at lunch with fresher, locally grown foods as education leaders and nutritionists rethink the school meal system that...
A silky-smooth soup with a big dose of healthy greens
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Minnesota bill could boost farm-to-school initiatives
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers are proposing a bill that would reimburse school districts for feeding students healthy, local foods through farm-to-school initiatives.
Hill’s plans $20 million expansion to Shawnee County plant
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Hill's Pet Nutrition plans to spend $20 million to expand its plant in Shawnee County during the next two years.
The expansion announced Wednesday by economic development leaders will create only six new jobs, which reduced the incentives given to the company for expansion of its Pet Nutrition Center.
Nutrition Hub starts a nutrition bar craze in Memphis area
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Salted Caramel, Reese's, Blueberry Muffin, Cinnamon Toast and Strawberry Cheesecake. The menu at the new Nutrition smoothie bars reads like an ice cream shop or bakery, not a health food shop.
While the flavors may be sinful, the shakes are not. Each protein shake has just 200 calories and only 11 to 15 grams of carbs. As an added bonus, each shake offers 24 grams of protein and 21 vitamins and minerals.
Arizona making early distribution of nutrition assistance
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizonans who receive food stamps are getting their February benefits early because of the federal government's partial shutdown, and state officials want recipients to know they won't be getting additional benefits during February.
Less beef, more beans. Experts say world needs a new diet
NEW YORK (AP) — A hamburger a week, but no more — that's about as much red meat people should eat to do what's best for their health and the planet, according to a report seeking to overhaul the world's diet.
Eggs should be limited to fewer than about four a week, the report says. Dairy foods should be about a serving a day, or less.
Montana issuing February SNAP benefits early due to shutdown
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is issuing February nutrition assistance payments early due to the federal government shutdown.
Low-income residents should see their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments for February show up on their electronic benefit transfer cards on Thursday.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services emphasizes these are early payments, not extra payments, and must stretch through February.
Food stamp benefits to come a little early during shutdown
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says food stamp beneficiaries will have access to their February benefits earlier than usual as employees deal with the impact of the partial government shutdown.
Eligible households will be able to get food stamps starting Jan. 20, instead of the regular availability date of Feb. 5.
Food assistance benefits to be issued early for February
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say people whose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits are up for recertification this month need to act quickly.
The state's Division of Children and Family Services says federal officials have asked states to issue February food benefits early, citing the partial federal government shutdown. Officials say the nearly 74,000 Nebraska households enrolled in the nutrition aid program will see their next monthly allocation by Jan. 20.
Bud Light debuts bigger nutrition labels
DETROIT (AP) — Beer drinkers can't claim blissful ignorance for much longer.
Starting next month, packages of Bud Light will have prominent labels showing the beer's calories and ingredients as well as the amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in a serving.
Bud Light is likely the first of many to make the move. The labels aren't legally required, but major beer makers agreed in 2016 to voluntarily disclose nutrition facts on their products by 2020.
USDA: Food stamps will be funded through February
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, will be funded through February should the government shutdown continue.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is asking states to issue the February benefits on or before Jan. 20 so that they can be paid to the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. SNAP is already fully funded for January.
Low carb? Low fat? What the latest dieting studies tell us
NEW YORK (AP) — Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas?
If you're planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you're sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best to do it. It seems like everyone has an opinion, and new fads emerge every year.
Farm bill exempts pure maple, honey from added sugars label
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The new farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday prevents maple syrup and honey producers from being required to list their pure products as containing added sugars on their nutrition labels — a plan proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration months ago that producers said was misleading.
Nutrition program for women, families goes electronic
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A pilot program to make it easier for low-income pregnant women and young families to get nutritious food has been expanded state wide.
- Sentinel & EnterpriseStudent Chefs Dish Up Proof Healthy Food Can Taste GreatMarch 18, 2019
- The News-ReviewDowntown Market partnering with Blue Zones Project to bring healthy food downtownMarch 17, 2019
- Connecticut PostCT food pantries pushed to offer more nutritional itemsMarch 13, 2019
- Columbus TelegramSneaky ways to get your kids eating healthierMarch 13, 2019
- Post-BulletinHow a better diet may help relieve and reverse digestive pain and symptomsMarch 12, 2019
Mississippi agency probes school district accused of fraud
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Auditor's Office is investigating the Biloxi School District over reports of fraud in a child nutrition program.
Founder of Feed My Starving Children, Richard Proudfit, dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Richard Proudfit, the founder of Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that has delivered billions of nutritious meals to malnourished children worldwide, has died. He was 88.
Proudfit died Tuesday at a nursing home in Bloomington, Minnesota, said Andy Carr, a spokesman for Coon Rapids-based Feed My Starving Children . Carr did not know the cause of death.
Gene editing promises to boost nutrition in foods
Petco, others respond to demand for natural pet foods
Demand for healthy, natural food is extending from humans to their pets.
Petco announced Tuesday it will stop selling dog and cat food and treats with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, both online and at its nearly 1,500 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
"We are making sure we are always taking the nutritional high ground," Petco CEO Ron Coughlin told The Associated Press.
Health officials ask families to discard youth food plates
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Families are being asked to throw away educational food plates distributed by the Indiana Women, Infants and Children program.
The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Sunday that Indiana WIC has received two reports of the plates catching fire in microwave ovens. No injuries have been reported.
Personal trainer branches out into the meal-delivery service
ADVANCE, N.C. (AP) — A personal trainer's side business is heating up in Advance, offering healthy meals to 25 to 30 clients a week.
Pam Baker, a trainer at the William G. White YMCA in Winston-Salem, and her husband, Inkem, started a meal delivery service called Healthy Made Simple in March — a week before they got married.
Gum, bottled water, pizza bagels want to be called ‘healthy’
NEW YORK (AP) — Pizza bagels, chewing gum and bottled water want to play a starring new role in our diets: Foods that can be called healthy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revamping its definition of healthy to reflect our changing understanding of nutrition science. The push is fueling debate about eating habits and what the new standard should say.
South Carolina company making supplements to add 225 jobs
LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) — A company that makes nutritional supplements is expanding its operations in South Carolina, adding 225 new jobs.
The South Carolina Commerce Department said in a news release that Nutramax Laboratories will add the jobs at its buildings in Lancaster County.
Child hunger ‘serious’ in India while its economy grows fast
NEW DELHI (AP) — A global hunger index has been released showing about 20 percent of Indian children under age 5 suffer from acute under-nutrition in the same week the International Monetary Fund projected India to be the world's fastest-growing economy, exposing stark contrasts in the South Asian country.
- Globe NewswireSHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Investigates Claims on Behalf of Investors of Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. - HLFMarch 21, 2019
- Business WireIndia Enteral Feeding Devices Market Outlook to 2024: Anticipating a CAGR of Approx 8.5% - ResearchAndMarkets.comMarch 21, 2019
- Globe NewswireDEINOVE passes the first milestone of the AGIR programm and receives €1.5m from BpifranceMarch 21, 2019
- Business WireOption Care ASPEN Study Shows Clinical Interventions in Home Nutrition Patients Reduce Readmissions, Save CostsMarch 21, 2019
- Business WireAlliance for Food and Farming: Studies Show “Dirty Dozen” Recommendations Unsupportable, Verify Produce SafetyMarch 20, 2019
West Virginia editorial roundup
Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers:
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on food stamps:
There has been much discussion at the federal level about the difficulty in feeding kids a healthy diet on a limited income — particularly in regions labeled "food deserts." For many families, it is more affordable to feed kids what amounts to junk food; and a trip to a large grocery store is another expense.
New Mexico balks at US demand of repayment for nutrition aid
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is demanding that New Mexico repay $164 million of alleged overpayments for food benefits provided to low-income families, but the state agency involved denies it provided too many benefits.
Trial set for southeast Iowa women in 12-year-old’s death
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been scheduled for two southeast Iowa women accused of not providing enough nutrition to the son of one of them, contributing to his death.
Des Moines County court records say 36-year-old Amber McIntosh-Crear and 41-year-old Bobbie Crear, of West Burlington, pleaded not guilty last week to child endangerment resulting in injury. Their trial is set for Nov. 14.
For an easy and nutritional chicken dish, add a sheet pan
A sheet pan full of roast chicken, kale and butternut squash promised a satisfying, nutritious meal with minimal cleanup. However, in order to combine sturdy squash, dark leafy greens, and chicken in a single pan, we'd need to get them to cook at the same rate.
We used bone-in split chicken breasts, which contain less fat than a whole chicken and wouldn't smother the vegetables underneath and cause them to steam. Halving the breasts assisted in even cooking.
875 pounds of fish, 54 dozen eggs, kombucha feeds 1 NFL team
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Through the weight room and down a flight of stairs, a cohort of hungry football players trudged into the Redskins Park cafeteria on a Tuesday in late August to the sound of clinking pots and sizzling pans.
Women accused of not providing enough nutrition to boy
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Two southeast Iowa women have been accused of not providing enough nutrition to the son of one of them, contributing to his death.
Des Moines County District Court records say 36-year-old Amber McIntosh and 41-year-old Bobbie Crear, of West Des Moines, are charged with child endangerment resulting in injury. They've denied any wrongdoing. Court records don't show their attorneys' names.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that inmates in the state are not being provided with healthy diets.
The Nevada Appeal reported Tuesday that Justices Michael Cherry, Ron Parraguirre and Lidia Stiglich wrote in their order issued July 27 that the inmate's diets have excessive amounts of fat and sodium.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — You can't run out to get a bite to eat when you've been admitted to the hospital, and when you're visiting you want to stay close.
That means eating from the hospital menu, once reputed for the industrial delicacies of green beans from a No. 10 tin can, a square of Jell-O or vending-machine mystery meat.
Cafeterias are offering more choices. A quick snack is getting healthier.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A food program is making a big difference to low-income families seeking healthy options in the Kansas City area.
CHI Health builds Omaha community garden
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha-based health system has created a community garden to offer patients more access to healthy food.
CHI Health recently planted five raised garden beds with nonprofit City Sprouts at the Creighton University Medical Center campus, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
World Food Prize goes to an economist and a doctor
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The World Food Prize will be awarded this year to two men who have dedicated their careers to improving the availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children in an effort to reduce the effects of malnutrition in developing countries.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering its plan to require that pure maple syrup and honey be labeled as containing added sugars.
Maple syrup producers had rallied against the plan, saying the nutrition labels updates were misleading, illogical and confusing and could hurt their industries.
Yankton collective launches cooking supplies drive
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota collective is addressing food insecurity in a southeastern county by collecting kitchenware, food storage containers and other cooking supplies.
NEW YORK (AP) — Are the fiber counts for foods getting bloated?
Browse supermarket shelves, and it's easy to find ice cream, yogurt and brownies with impressive fiber totals. That's because companies add ingredients to boost the fiber, a practice they say helps people enjoy treats with less guilt but that critics say distorts ideas about what's healthy.
Ivana Trump promotes Italian weight-loss diet system
NEW YORK (AP) — Ivana Trump, the former wife of President Donald Trump who once appeared with him in a commercial for Pizza Hut, wants America to lose some weight.
The businesswoman on Wednesday launched a promotional campaign for an Italian weight-loss diet system that offers packaged meals of specially made pastas, soups and drinks. "Health is the most important thing we have, let's keep it that way," Trump said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs on Wednesday, sidestepping a fight for now but setting up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of West Virginia schoolchildren who would be at risk of not having enough to eat this summer are being offered meals through a federally funded program.
The West Virginia Department of Education's Office of Child Nutrition started its annual program Wednesday at Spring Hill Elementary School in Huntington. The program aims to make sure children in lower-income areas continue to receive free, nutritious meals through the summer break.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln community center and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are partnering to offer new programming, starting with a nutrition education series.
The university and the Malone Community Center signed a five-year partnership to collaborate resources and programming last month, the Lincoln Journal Star reported .
Couple to open more weight-loss stores
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Michelle Lounsbery never expected she would be running a chain of weight-loss stores.
She's a lawyer by training, after all.
And yet, in just a few years, Lounsbery and her husband, Mark Lounsbery, went from opening one of Profile by Sanford's first franchise locations, in Sioux City, Iowa, to owning six stores, with another six under development to open soon.
Lounsbery's growing Profile franchise empire mirrors the growth of the program itself.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University says its Extension Service has been working with drug court programs to help recovering drug users with support and education.
Health educator Kandi Messinger of Cabell County Extension Service teaches nutrition and cooking basics. Her eight-week class offers cooking skills, healthy eating habits, food safety and grocery savings.
Messinger says these are skills that people struggling with addiction might have lost but need in order to recover.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the farm bill (all times local):
The House has voted decisively to leave the government's much-criticized sugar program alone.
Thursday's 278-137 vote gave the nation's powerful sugar lobby an easier-than-expected victory over food processors, soft drink manufacturers and candy makers who complain that the sugar program drives up prices and gouges consumers.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue is kicking off a four-state listening tour in New Mexico as House Republicans on Capitol Hill push for a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policy.
Purdue on Monday was scheduled to visit Department of Agriculture employees at the headquarters of the Santa Fe National Forest and hold a discussion with farmers and ranchers at the New Mexico Statehouse.