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It was another big year for school nutrition—and school breakfast, specifically—with lots of exciting changes in cafeterias across America. From school breakfast expansion in ten new districts through Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, to the recent announcement that the USDA will lift the protein and grain limits, school nutrition has stayed in the headlines.

More fresh, local foods are “cropping up” on school lunch trays, while chefs-in-schools programs are growing in popularity. School nutrition programs are taking control of their messaging through the use of social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; funding and grant opportunities—like those through Fuel Up to Play 60—are allowing schools to implement new programs, and expand existing ones to help build a healthier generation of students. These are exciting times to be a school nutrition professional.

Every now and again we like to aggregate some of our favorite school nutrition stories for you, in case you missed them. Read on:

Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60—the program developed by the National Dairy Council in conjunction with the National Football League and USDA—was designed to empower students to take charge of their health through more physical activity and better food choices. Here are some of the latest headlines about how the program is benefitting schools and students.

USDA Suspends Protein and Grain Limits

Facebook and Twitter were abuzz when USDA announced its decision to suspend weekly grain and protein maximums for the 2012-2013 school year. Here are a couple of articles that elaborate on the thinking behind the decision.

More Produce, Chefs in School Kitchens and Cafeterias

Farm-to-school and chefs-to-school are growing trends in schools across the country. More school nutrition directors and managers are working with local producers and chefs in an effort to meet USDA fruit and vegetable requirements, and make meals more appealing to students.

As we approach the winter break, the School Nutrition Foundation wishes you a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year. We hope your vacation is restful and filled with wonderful times with family and friends. Thank you for a wonderful year at Beyond Breakfast!

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