Yoga studio offers classes to benefit humane society

St. Simons Island Pilates and Yoga, 406 Union St., St. Simons Island, will host two charity classes Saturday. The classes benefit the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia. The first is a mat Pilates class at 3 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. multi-level yoga class.

Each class is $5 with all of the proceeds benefitting the humane society. Practitioners should bring a mat, towel and water.

For more information, call 912-222-7824.

— The Brunswick News

School food progresses far beyond mystery meat

ATLANTA — The future of school lunches — and snacks, brunches and other forms of meals — were on display recently at the School Nutrition Association’s annual conference in Atlanta.

More than 900 vendors showcased the latest in school food trends, WABE Radio reports.

They included all sorts of food options, including international, gluten-free and vegetarian fare.

Companies also brought equipment to sell, from slicers and dicers to high-tech freezers.

School nutrition directors at the conference said there’s been a shift in school diets in recent years. Children want more options, and they’re selective about what they eat.

“They’re used to what’s happening in those kiosks in the malls or the restaurants,” says Gay Anderson, the association’s vice president and school nutrition director for the Brandon Valley School District outside Sioux Falls, S.D.

“We’re looking at what’s the latest and greatest happening there,” he said. “So, literally, whatever’s happening in that kind of culture, we try to bring it back to our school nutrition culture.”

Lynette Dodson is the school nutrition director for the Carrollton City Schools in west Georgia. Every month, she meets with the high school student council to hear what kinds of food kids want.

“For instance, we started a brunch bar because they told us they wanted to see breakfast at lunch,” Dodson said. “It really makes a difference when the students are part of the process, and they feel like they’re empowered and they’re more vested.”

Less food ends up in the trash can that way, too, Dodson added.

Pastors file suit against Coca-Cola over soda health risks

WASHINGTON — Two prominent African-American pastors have filed suit against Atlanta-based Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages.

They say soda marketing has made it more difficult to protect the health of their largely black, D.C.-based parishioners.

The Washington Post reports the complaint was filed Thursday in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of Praxis Project, a public health group, and the pastors. The complainants are: William Lamar, the senior pastor at D.C.’s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church; and Delman Coates, the pastor at Maryland’s Mount Ennon Baptist Church.

The lawsuit alleges that Coca-Cola and the ABA ran an intentional campaign to confuse consumers about the causes of obesity. In a statement, Coca-Cola dismissed the pastors’ charges and the merits of the earlier lawsuit, which was filed and then withdrawn in California by the same legal team.

New Mexico revises guidelines to recruit more nurses

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico is revising guidelines related to the hiring of nurses in hopes of bolstering recruiting in rural and underserved areas of the state.

The Health Department made the announcement Monday, saying state agencies will be able to hire recent graduates who are unlicensed but have obtained short-term permits to practice under the supervision of a licensed nurse or nurse practitioner.

Gov. Susana Martinez says the changes will help alleviate a critical shortage around the state.

All but one of New Mexico’s 33 counties are designated by the federal government as health professional shortage areas.

The state also has created a new classification of job positions that will allow for the hiring of medical assistants to complete administrative and clinical tasks in public health clinics and other state facilities.

— Associated Press