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10/09/18

From Our Dietitians: SAGE’s Food-First Philosophy

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There’s a billion-dollar industry selling energy bars and drinks, protein powders, pills, and supplements. That’s why you’ll find hundreds of options and many opinions for or against them. Generally speaking, we’re against them. Although their use is widespread, supplements can be dangerous for both an athlete’s health and athletic career. Companies don’t have to prove that supplements are safe or effective before they’re made publicly available. Studies have shown that 15-25% of supplements contain an unlabeled substance banned by the...

09/26/18

Fueling for Performance: Nutrition for Athletes

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Think fast! You’ve been asked to bring a snack to the soccer tournament for your child’s team. What do you bring? What you choose could impact their performance. Athletes have different nutritional needs than their less active peers. Experts agree that adequate, well-timed nutrition enables and enhances intensive athletic performance. It maximizes gains in speed, strength, and agility; shortens the recovery period; provides nutrients that increase health; and reduces the risk of injury and illness. Pay attention to the info...

09/18/18

Introducing Performance Spotlight™

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SAGE has created Performance Spotlight™ to address athletic nutrition at school. Crafted by our Registered Dietitians, our program is based on recommendations by the United States Olympic Committee, NCAA, and other sports nutrition associations. There are three tenets of our program are education, meal guidance, and recipes. The education component centers on the what, when, and why so that the students can really understand what this nutrition will do for their bodies and performance. Meal guidance addresses the question “What...

08/28/18

How to Navigate Your SAGE Menu

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As you look forward to the school year ahead, we encourage you to look over your menu in advance to plan what to eat, especially if you have food allergies or follow a specific eating pattern. This guide will remind you of key features of our menu, and might even introduce you to something new! Access You can always access the menu via a web browser on any device, as well as through our Touch of SAGE™ mobile app. The...

08/20/18

EASY NUTRITIONAL GUIDANCE: UNDERSTANDING THE SAGE SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM®

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Eating well is a lifelong skill that’s difficult to learn in a world filled with persuasive food packaging, marketing and advertising, and fad diets. Enter SAGE’s Spotlight Program, a nutritional program designed to guide students of all ages in making healthy choices. The SAGE philosophy is that no foods are bad—everything has a place when you practice the principles of variety, balance, and moderation. Spotlight is an intuitive, tricolor labeling system that guides healthy food choices and educates on how...

07/31/18

From Our Dietitians: All Things Natural, Organic, and GMO-Free

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The consumer demand to know what’s in food has become a movement in Congress known as the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, or Just Label It. Food can be marketed and labeled in many different ways, so we’ve broken down a few increasingly popular terms: natural, organic, and GMO-free. From regulatory definitions to label requirements, do you know the facts? Natural The term “natural” has no regulatory definition and no label requirements. The FDA is currently seeking comment from food...

07/03/18

From Our Dietitians: Grass-Fed Dairy

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Is it just us, or does it seem like there are new options every time you go to the store? Take milk, for example. There’s organic, soy, rice, and grass-fed milk—the last of which can cost two-and-a-half times more than regular milk! Is it worth the price? We’ve done the research for you so you can make an informed decision for your household. Label Meaning There isn’t a government-regulated claim for the term “grass-fed.” However, the American Grassfed Association...

05/07/18

From Our Dietitians: Grain-Fed or Grass-Fed Beef

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You’re at the grocery store deciding what to buy for dinner this week. There’s a lot to consider: cut, cost, sell-by-date, local, organic, grass-fed. Should you shell out the extra money for grass-fed beef? Does it actually mean anything, or is it just a good marketing strategy? We’ve done the research for you so you can make an informed decision for your household. What are other people buying? Conventional corn-fed beef is the most widely produced (and purchased) beef in...

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