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Snack attack: Schools try to get the junk out
The Associated Press via Foster's Daily Democrat    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's not hard to figure out that stocking school vending machines with sugary sodas and salty, fatty snacks is a bad idea. Replacing those culinary culprits with something more nutritious is tougher. But a growing number of school districts around the country are trying anyway. "I can't say enough for what it does for the kids to have the junk out of the machines," says Patricia Gray, who as former principal of San Francisco's Balboa High School oversaw a switch to healthier snacks. "It was not an easy task," says Gray, now an assistant superintendent with the district, "it was a re-education process." Efforts to get empty calories out of students' hands are being made in almost every state, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A 2008 School Health Profiles Survey found that fewer secondary schools were selling less nutritious snacks compared with two years before. More

Government Affairs

NAMA Government Affairs
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NAMA's Government Affairs team focuses on federal and state legislative news that impacts your company's growth and profitability. Required reading for all members! Click Here for the most recent Legislative Alert. More

Coffee & Water

Bottled water companies applaud Virginia governor for reversing ban    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The International Bottled Water Association has applauded Virginia governor Bob McDonnell for reversing the recently imposed ban on single-serve bottled water at official functions and meetings. Governor McDonnell's reversal of a directive by the previous governor is effective immediately. According to Governor McDonnell's communications office, "This governor isn't going to put in place mandates that hurt Virginia industries." More

Coffeemania — from the mouths of baristas
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Talking to baristas, the word "passion" comes up a lot. Take barista Alex Negranza. Some weeks, he works at two Seattle cafes and visits about a dozen others. "I'm very motivated and passionate about coffee. It's kind of the only thing I do." They also have strong opinions about coffee and the community around it. Negranza recently dished about Nekisse coffee from Ethiopia's Sidamo region and criticized the Barista Guild of America on his website, "Why Not? Coffee," illustrating another well-known trait about baristas — their love of talking about coffee, from the bean profiles from various countries, to the best pressure and water temperature for pulling a great shot of espresso. More

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Business / Industry

Rebuilding Main Street, through small business and banks
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All across America small businesses and small banks are being asked to pay for the mistakes of speculators and gamblers on Wall Street. People we represent in Colorado, Wisconsin and Florida believe that's not fair: Responsible parties should clean up their own mess and pay for their own mistakes. After all, small businesses and small banks on Main Street did not cause the recent economic meltdown; speculators in big financial institutions on Wall Street did. Small businesses need our help now, for they are the real economic engines of our economy. They generate over 50 percent of our nation's annual gross domestic product and are responsible for nearly two-thirds of all new jobs. More

Consumers check for calories, sodium
Food Product Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
More consumers are checking food labels for calorie counts and sodium levels than they were one year ago, according to United Soybean Board's 17th annual "Consumer Attitudes About Nutrition; Insights into nutrition, health and soyfoods" survey, as reported by The survey, released at Institute of Food Technologists’ annual meeting and food expo in Chicago, found shoppers are just as likely to avoid trans fats as they were a year ago. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Why businesses should worry about water    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Imagine this: If all the water in the world were somehow inside a water cooler, like the kind at your office, the amount of fresh, drinkable water would be one tablespoon. And Americans are the world's biggest water consumers, chugging, drinking, washing, flushing and irrigating without a second thought until most of us have used about 150 gallons a day each. Compare that to the British who consume only 40 gallons a day, to the Chinese who average just 22 gallons a day, or to Kenyans, who scratch out a dry existence on less than 13 gallons a day. In our soon-to-be-released Green Living Pulse study, we found that Americans' engagement with water concerns actually fell a little bit from last year. About the same number of Americans say they're concerned about the fresh water supply, but fewer said they feel a sense of personal responsibility. More


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