PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Steps to Speaking Success Preparing to give a presentation at an upcoming department or chapter meeting? Have you been asked to serve as a spokesperson to answer questions about school meals posed by the media, parents or administrators? Eileen Sinett, author of Speaking That Connects and a presentation consultant and facilitator, offers some practical suggestions. ■ Practice your opening lines at least once aloud. ■ When it’s time to deliver your presentation, remain silent for three seconds before you begin your speech to help set the tone and to prepare yourself as you look out at the crowd. ■ Once you’re speaking, stand still—but not stiff—for your first one or two sentences. Doing so will help you appear in control and help your audience to listen with focus. ■ If you feel self-conscious about your hands when you speak, let go of that worry. Let them be, and they will gesture in a way that is natural for you. ■ Eliminate any negative inner chatter about your presentation and delivery to allow room for some neutral or positive self-feedback. ■ If you’re afraid the question-andanswer period will be awkward, especially if no one speaks up with questions, start the ball rolling yourself by saying something like, “Sometimes people ask me…”. Then fill in the blank and answer the question yourself before asking the audience again if they have any questions. With some practice and more positive self-feedback, you’ll be on the way to speaking success! NutrıNET TreasuryDirect KIDS www.treasurydirect.gov/kids/kids.htm How much money does it take to keep the U.S. government running, providing for food safety, our highways, clean water, public education, defense and much, much more? This website from the Bureau of Public Debt in the U.S. Department of Treasury aims to help kids gain an understanding of a hot national topic. It offers games, videos and kid-friendly explanations of Treasury terminology, such as bills, notes and savings bonds. Kids also can learn about how and why the government borrows money. Where Is My Milk From? http://whereismymilkfrom.com This simple yet creative site invites visitors to learn the name of the dairy that produced the milk they’re drinking in their schools or at home. Following the site’s instructions, enter the dairy code on your carton or container, and you’ll discover the location of the dairy where your milk originated. You also can enter the dairy codes from yogurt, coffee creamer, ice cream and other dairy products. In addition to promoting awareness of locally sourced foods, the site features a blog on various dairy-related topics. National Onion Association http://onions-usa.org/all-about-onions What is mitosis? What does sauté mean? What ogre loves onions? Find these answers and more in “Onions Have Layers” lesson plans available at the National Onion Association website; click on the “For Teachers” link. Developed and reviewed by teachers, seven cross-curricular lesson plans align with national core standards for Grades 4-6. The lesson plans include presentation materials, student activities and worksheets on plant growth, nutrition, cooking and more. PARENTS AND PERCEPTIONS Moms Weigh in on Flavored Milk The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) recently announced the results of a survey of mothers regarding the availability of flavored milk choices at school. The survey, which was conducted by KRC Research and included responses from more than 1,000 moms, found that 80% do not support the removal of chocolate milk from school cafeterias. Seventy-one percent of survey participants agreed that chocolate milk is an effective way to help kids get the nutrients they need, and 79% of respondents stated that they believe that kids need healthy choices at school, including chocolate milk. In addition, more than two-thirds of respondents noted that they believe that food choices in school cafeterias need to be practical, so that food is not wasted and that school meals should be appealing, as well as nutritious. MilkPEP reports that milk processors have been working to lower the calories and sugar in flavored milk served in schools. During the 2011-12 school year, flavored milk served at school had 38% less added sugar than just five years ago, and on average just 31 calories more than white milk, with the majority of servings containing fewer than 150 calories. This progress is expected to continue as schools comply with the new meal pattern requirement for fat-free flavored milk. For more on the survey and other facts about school milk, visit www.milkpep.org. MILESTONES USDA Turns 150 You already know the many ways that the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) affects your position as a school nutrition professional, but what do you know about this government agency beyond the rules, regs and reimbursements related to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and other key nutrition assistance programs? You might not realize that USDA’s history is much longer than the 66 years of the NSLP. Indeed, this government agency celebrated its 150th anniversary last May. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln authorized the new agency and directed USDA to focus its efforts on advancing the American agriculture industry through the use of science and innovation. In his final address to Congress two and a half years later, Lincoln referred to USDA as “The People’s Department.” Since then, USDA has been on the front lines of a wide variety of major agricultural issues impacting this and other countries. There are 17 agencies that oversee seven mission areas that are focused on: ■ Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services: helping to keep America’s farmers and ranchers in business as they face the uncertainties of weather and markets. ■ Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services: working to harness the nation’s agricultural abundance to end hunger and improve health in the United States. ■ Food Safety: ensuring that the commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe, wholesome and properly labeled and packaged. ■ Marketing and Regulatory Programs: facilitating domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and ensuring the health and care of animals and plants. ■ Natural Resources and Environment: ensuring the health of the land through sustainable management. ■ Research, Education and Economics: using integrated research, analysis and education to create and maintain a safe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system. ■ Rural Development: helping to improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. In a proclamation released on May 15, 2012, President Barack Obama noted: “The USDA has stood shoulderto- shoulder with the American people for generations. During the Great Depression, the Department helped bring an end to the Dust Bowl by promoting soil conservation. Through two World Wars, the Victory Garden Program fed troops and families around the world. The USDA has worked to bring electric power to rural communities, established the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and School Lunch Programs, implemented our nation’s food safety regulations and protected our forests and private lands. For one-and-a-half centuries, USDA has empowered communities across our country and helped ensure we leave our children a future rich with promise and possibility.” As part of its anniversary festivities, USDA released some interesting facts about its service to American farmers, consumers and our economy. Among these: ■ In 2007, there were 2.2 million farms in the United States, comprising more than 922 million acres. The 2012 Census of Agriculture will update figures about the growing racial, ethnic and gender diversity among farm operators. ■ USDA pioneered the effort to process biodegradable packaging and single-use foodservice items from wheat, rice and cornstarch—a green alternative to petroleum- based products, creating more jobs in rural America, while reducing our dependence on oil. ■ USDA annually creates or saves about 70,000 jobs in rural America, enables 60,000 rural Americans to buy homes and helps more than 720,000 low-income rural Americans to rent apartments or other housing. ■ USDA’s Extension Master Gardener Program has more than 87,000 volunteers, who lead workshops, develop demonstration and community gardens and staff gardening hotlines. President Obama closed the proclamation with these words of tribute: “As we commemorate this historic milestone, we pay tribute to the men and women of USDA, past and present, who have faithfully served our nation for 150 years. For their commitment, our fields grow richer, our abundance grows greater and our country stands stronger.” To learn more about USDA’s mission, agencies, offices and programs, visit www.usda.gov. HARD TIMES Invisible Victims An estimated 8 million children will be directly affected by the mortgage crisis, according to The Ongoing Impact of Foreclosures on Children, a report by First Focus, an advocacy organization for families and children. Of these 8 million children, the report estimates that 2.3 million already have lost their homes, while 3 million more are at risk of losing their homes in the near future and an additional 3 million children have been evicted—or may face eviction— from rental properties that are affected by foreclosures. The states with the highest rates of affected children are Nevada (19%), Florida (15%), Arizona (14%), California (12%), Michigan (10%), Illinois (9%), Maryland (9%), Rhode Island (9%), Colorado (8%) and Georgia (8%). Only 2% of children are affected in Alaska and North Dakota, which reported the lowest rates in the country. The report notes that foreclosures can have a negative impact on a child’s health and education. Families that receive foreclosure notices are more likely than other families to move, which can affect children’s academic achievement. Additionally, foreclosures and housing instability can take a toll on physical and mental health. “Housing disruptions due to foreclosure are just as traumatic for kids as losing their homes to a tornado or hurricane—except this disaster will hit one in 10 children. Being forced from home affects children’s health, interrupts development and hurts their chances of success in school,” cites First Focus President Bruce Lesley. For more information and to view the report, visit www.firstfocus.net/sites/default/files/ Foreclosures%202012_0.pdf. FOOD ALLERGIES Bullied Over Allergies Are children in your cafeteria— or perhaps your own children—being bullied because of their food allergies? According to recent research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, about one in three food-allergic kids is taunted or physically abused at school due to their allergies. In most cases, the research finds, classmates and siblings are the ones doing the bullying, although in a few cases, teachers or other adults were to blame. Further, one survey showed that 32% of parents of kids bullied about their food allergies were unaware of the harassment. Dr. Todd Mahr, director of pediatric allergy/immunology at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis., offers advice to parents and other adults whose children experience bullying because of food allergies. “Open a dialogue with your child so they know it’s OK to talk to you about the problem. A lot of kids are embarrassed to mention being teased or abused, or are afraid their parents will make the situation worse,” he counsels. Mahr also notes the importance of school staff in communicating with parents about children’s allergies so that they are aware that bullying potentially may be a problem in the cafeteria or elsewhere at school. DateBOOK August American Indian Heritage Month Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month National Immunization Awareness Month National Peach Month National Farmers’ Market Week (Aug. 5-11) Exercise With Your Child Week (Aug. 6-12) National Safe at Home Week (Aug. 22-26) International Youth Day (Aug. 12) Anniversary of the Premiere of The Wizard of Oz (Aug. 18) National Aviation Day (Aug. 19) Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26) September College Savings Month Food Allergy Awareness Month National Chicken Month National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month National Food Safety Education Month National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) National Potato Month National Rice Month Child Injury Prevention Week (Sept. 1-7) Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23) Labor Day (Sept. 3) National Grandparents Day (Sept. 9) Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 16) World Gratitude Day (Sept. 21) First Day of Autumn (Sept. 22) National Food Service Employees Day (Sept. 25) World School Milk Day (Sept. 26) October National Chili Month National Farm to School Month National Pork Month Pizza Month National School Lunch Week (Oct. 15–19) National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 22–26) National Custodial Worker Day (Oct. 2) Columbus Day (observed) (Oct. 8) World Pasta Day (Oct. 25) Enter toWIN FAME Game Do you know an exceptional school nutrition leader who deserves to be recognized for his or her achievement, innovation and service? The Foodservice Achievement Management Excellence (FAME) Awards program, which is sponsored by Basic American Foods, Schwan’s Food Service, Inc., and Tyson Foods, Inc., seeks nominations for its annual competition. Award categories include Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year, Silver Leadership, Silver Spirit, Silver Rising Star and Silver Friend of Child Nutrition. Please note that this year, the Silver Rising Star, Silver Leadership and Golden School Foodservice Director of the Year awards have been modified to honor directors with five or fewer years, 12 or fewer years and more than 12 years of experience as a director, respectively. The awards ceremony will take place at SNA’s Child Nutrition Industry Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in January 2013. Nominations are due September 26, 2012. For more information, visit www.fameawards.net. Mascot Makeover Congratulations to Cherokee County School District #1, Gaffney, S.C., the winners of a Cres Cor Quick- Therm™ oven. The district was named the winner of the CorBee design contest, in which entrants created a new look for Cres Cor’s mascot. The winning entry was submitted by Evan Pearson of Ewing Middle School. Cres Cor representatives introduced CorBee’s design makeover at ANC in Denver in July. College Cash for Creative Kid Eight-year-old Mallory Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., is the winner of the 10th Annual Jif Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest™. She won a $25,000 college scholarship and $10,000 for educational supplies for her P-Nutty BBQ Chicken Quesadilla. To view the winning recipe, visit www.jif.com/Promotions/Most-Creative-Peanut-Butter/GrandPrize Winner. Video Contest Victor Congratulations to 10-year-old Sydney Fialkow and her mother, Stacy, of Atlanta, who were named the grand-prize winners of the UNCLE BEN’s® Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest. The two submitted a videotape of themselves preparing Sydney’s kid-friendly recipe, Sydney’s Chicken and Rice, and discussing the experience of cooking together. The Fialkow family won a $20,000 cash prize and a $50,000 cafeteria makeover for The Epstein School in Sandy Springs, Ga., where Sydney attends school. For more about the contest and to view videos from all of the finalists, visit www.bensbeginners.com. A Healthy Start Could your school use some new equipment to help implement or improve a universal breakfast program? The Food Family Farming Foundation, with funds provided by the Walmart Foundation, will contribute 117 grants for $2,500 each to schools around the country through its Healthy Breakfast 4 Kids grant program. To be eligible for the grant, schools must have a free or reduced-price eligibility rate of 40% or higher, and the school nutrition director of the district where the school is located must lead program implementation, which must take effect by January 2013. Additionally, the principal and school community must support a universal breakfast in the classroom program. Applications must be submitted by September 15, 2012. To learn more and apply, visit www.foodfamilyfarming.org/html/grants.html. Grill-ty Pleasure If you love coming up with your own burger creations and wouldn’t mind the opportunity to win $100,000 for your winning recipe, don’t delay in entering your burger masterpiece in Sutter Home Family Vineyards’ 21st annual Build a Better Burger® Recipe Contest and Cook-Off. The winner of the best all-beef burger will receive $100,000, and the winner of the best alternative burger will be awarded $15,000. Finalists will be announced in January 2013, and the Cook-Off will take place in California on May 18, 2013. Entries must be submitted by September 3, 2012. To enter and for more details, visit www.buildabetterburger.com. Family Ties Carmell Childs of Provo, Utah, took home the grand prize in the fourth annual Spreading Smucker’s Traditions Recipe and Essay Contest. For her Chicken Bacon Burger With Cherry-Chive Mayo, Childs won $20,000 toward a dream family reunion and $1,000 for the services of a personal planner to assist in planning the event. To view Childs’ recipe, as well as recipes from the other winners, visit www.smuckers.com. Fruit-tastic Congratulations to Epiphany Catholic School, Coon Rapids, Minn., the grand-prize winner of the first Dole Fruit Flash Mob Video Contest. The contest, which required that school nutrition staff and students create a flash mob video performance, incorporated fruit and fruit themes. Epiphany Catholic School won $1,000, as well as 10 cases of Dole Fruit Bowls®, while first-place winners Holy Spirit School, Newport News, Va., and Magruder Primary School, Fargo, N.D., each received $500 and 10 cases of Dole Fruit Bowls. Second-place winners Riverside USD 114, Wathena, Kan.; Samson (Ala.) High School; and An Achievable Dream Academy, Newport News, Va., each received 10 cases of Dole Fruit Bowls. To view the winning video, visit http://tinyurl.com/czhaooh.
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