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  • Wake Up to School Breakfast!

    March 04, 2016
    On mornings when you don’t eat breakfast, how do you feel around 10:30 or 11? On those few days when I skip breakfast, I’m usually in a bad mood with a headache by midmorning. It’s definitely not a good way to get much accomplished and, especially for children, it’s not a good way to learn. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Breakfast Program is so important for the nearly 13 million children who use the program each day. Next week, March 7-11, will be National School Breakfast Week to highlight the importance of this program. Read More

  • Quick Cure for Cabin Fever

    February 04, 2016
    Last week, the Washington-Baltimore area was hit with record snow, testing the limits of any parent’s ability to keep it together during snow days. Even without a storm to keep us indoors, winter is a trying time to manage healthy habits for everyone, since the abundance of comfort foods and cold, challenging weather can impede fitness resolutions. Read More

  • Thanksgiving Theme Never Gets Old

    November 05, 2015
    IDFA is a member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, which brings together food manufacturers, community organizations and associations to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. Michelle Matto, IDFA’s consultant on nutrition and labeling, shares some of the Foundation’s suggestions for fall family activities that center around agricultural harvests and adds a few dairy-related options. Read More

  • Dietary Guidelines Controversy Continues

    October 14, 2015
    The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) pot has been stirred up, said Michelle Matto, IDFA's nutrition and labeling consultant, in her recent blog post. There’s been lots of controversy regarding the 2015 DGAs, and an article published recently in the British Medical Journal has gotten the conversation (or argument) going again. Read More

  • Answers to Your Questions on Nutrition Labeling of Restaurant Foods

    September 25, 2015
    With so many changes coming to nutrition labeling, more guidance is always helpful.FDA has released more information to clarify the requirements of restaurant labeling that is mandated by the end of next year, said Michelle Matto, IDFA's consultant on nutrition and labeling. If you or your customers sell products in scoop shops, delis, restaurants or other similar settings, you probably have a lot of questions about how calories will need to be declared on menus and what other nutrition information must be presented in addition to calories. Read More

 
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