Anneliese Tanner, food services director at the Austin Independent School District in Texas, says schools could serve organic produce and grass-fed beef if more students purchased school meals. Tanner did an analysis and determined that the district could serve all organic fruits and vegetables if each student who doesn't currently eat a school lunch did so twice a week.
Steak 'n' Shake plans to sell each of its 401 company-owned restaurants to new single-unit franchisees for a $10,000 initial fee, said Sardar Biglari, CEO of parent Biglari Holdings. "We are seeking to harness the power of entrepreneurs and to create a company of owners," he said.
Franchising can help fledgling concepts grow faster, but the cost can sometimes be the loss of control that comes with adding multiple operators. Executives from Pokeworks, Velvet Taco and Dog Haus dish on the results of their decisions to franchise or not to franchise.
State and federal guidelines requiring schools to serve a certain number of grains and types of vegetables mean greater meal variety for students, says Sandy Kotson, cafeteria manager at John Marshall High School in West Virginia. A farm-to-table program in Marshall County schools also allows students to grow vegetables to be included in school meals.
Every student in a Michigan school district can get a free breakfast and lunch this school year through the Community Eligibility Provision. The program covers a high school, the middle schools and all elementary schools.
A study in Pediatrics found providing overweight or obese pregnant women with antenatal dietary and lifestyle advice did not affect their child's growth, adiposity or neurodevelopment at 18 months, compared with providing standard prenatal care. Researchers called for continued follow-up of the children because of the association between high infant birth weight and later obesity, and the prevalence of overweight, obesity and obesogenic behaviors at a young age.
Iowa passed a law banning schools from identifying students with lunch debt through measures such as hand stamps, wristbands or separate seating areas. The legislation also requires schools to provide the alternative lunch option -- usually just for students with meal debt -- to any student who requests it.
Business leaders can add more female directors to company boards by widening the scope of their search, expanding their networks and supporting women who are already in senior roles, writes Amy Vetter. The board's composition "can send the loudest signal to investors and customers about how your company operates and innovates," she notes.
Companies with high levels of gender diversity tend to differentiate themselves from the pack in several ways, writes Tacy Byham, CEO of DDI. These organizations often take a data-driven approach to hiring, tap into overlooked talent and encourage their employees to learn as they go, she writes.
Pictures of women account for only 11% of the results users receive when searching for CEOs on Google Images, finds an analysis by AdView. The study raises questions about how the lack of female representation in the media could be linked to the underrepresentation of female CEOs in the business world, writes Melissa Locker.
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