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Author: Lakeside Created: Friday, December 10, 2010 5:00 PM
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It is no secret that childhood obesity is a rising national concern. With recent regulatory efforts from the Obama administration and a call for action from society and celebrities, such as Rachael Ray, to combat this issue, schools are looking for ways to offer students healthier options. Nationwide, schools are beginning to integrate healthier local foods into their menus.  

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Lakeside’s Dual Temperature Transport Cart at NAFEMExhibitors and attendees have returned to work with numerous ideas and equipment needs since The NAFEM Show in Orlando, Florida. Optimism has returned to the food service industry as attendee and exhibitor numbers increased from 2009. The show floor was also 20-30% larger and technology played an important role in booth displays. Manufacturers are hopeful that 2011 will return higher sales as the economy continues to recover and grow.  

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The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Show is just around the corner, February 10-12, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This highly regarded trade show features more than 500 exhibitors displaying products for preparation, cooking, storage, and table service. The show attracts nearly 20,000 food service professionals to the event, eager to learn the latest trends in the food service industry.

 

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Approximately 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) become sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Salmonella is among one of the leading illnesses that contributes to these alarming numbers. However, foodborne illnesses are largely preventable and with an industry focus on food safety, these numbers can decrease.

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Recently, the House of Representatives passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (S .3307) which will grant students access to more nutritious meals and establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. The bill will now make its way to the White House, waiting for President Barack Obama’s signature.
The Act plans to combat childhood obesity and encourages students to make healthy food choices in and out of school. In addition, the Act will reduce childhood hunger.

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