HEALTHY HABITS Making the Time If you’re like 25% of those who responded to an American Heart Association survey, you don’t brush and rinse your teeth twice a day or floss at least once a day as recommended due to “a lack of time.” According to the survey, only 12% of American adults regularly practice such healthy habits as eating right, exercising and brushing and flossing their teeth. Eighty percent of respondents said that they struggled to eat a recommended nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day, about 60% said it was difficult to achieve the suggested levels of exercise (at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity such as brisk walking), citing a lack of time. However, in positive news, 90% of respondents indicated that they do want to improve their health. The American Academy of Family Physicians provides a list of tips to help you and your family stay healthy, including suggestions such as eating slowly because it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register you are full), keeping a variety of healthy snacks at such as fresh fruit and vegetables, baked chips and reduced-sugar cereals) and limiting TV, computer and video game time to a total of one to two hours per day. Also, you can include an activity like hiking or bike riding when you go on vacation or incorporate regular physical activity into your daily routine, such as walking as a family before or after meals. For the complete list of tips, visit http://tinyurl.com/7x65r4t. SO SWEET All in Moderation In a recent position paper published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), the organization formally acknowledges that while consuming high levels of sugar can increase a person’s risk of obesity, consumers can safely enjoy the range of sweeteners, both calorie-containing and no-calories, as part of an eating plan that is guided by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Dietary Reference Intakes, while taking into consideration individual health goals and personal preferences. The paper, “Use of Nutritive and Nonnutritive Sweeteners,” was authored by registered dietitians Cindy Fitch and Kathryn Keim, who offer suggestions for the healthful consumption of both types of sweeteners. They recommend cutting back on calorie-containing sweeteners by drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages, sports or fruit drinks; decreasing consumption of foods that are high in added sugars; and safely enjoying a range of calorie-containing and no-calorie sweeteners in foods and beverages as part of a healthful eating plan outlined in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. To view the position paper, which was published in the May issue of the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, visit www. eatright.org/positions and click on “View Academy Position Papers.” DISTRICT SPOTLIGHT How Does Your Garden Grow? Imagine the surprise of Shawnee (Okla.) Public Schools School Nutrition Director Deborah Taylor, SNS, when she learned that her department’s work with a local farm was about to receive national recognition in First Lady Michelle Obama’s new book, American Grown! The book highlights the White House kitchen garden, as well as farms and garden projects across America that promote healthy eating. For the last eight years, Taylor has been working with Ricky and Claudia Crow of Crow Farms to bring “the farm to the kids,” she explains. The Crows currently provide Shawnee schools with fresh produce (served through the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program) and help teach children about where food comes from. Taylor says, “I bought produce from the local farmer’s market before farm-toschool [initiatives] started. Once we started trying to buy more local [produce], working with the Crows was a natural fit. We’re all passionate about quality food, so we were fast friends [right away].” Taylor was first contacted in November 2011 about the possibility of the collaboration being included in Mrs. Obama’s book, and she describes the opportunity as both exciting and interesting. The book specifically details a project involving pumpkins delivered by the Crows to three Shawnee elementary schools. Each student was invited to take one pumpkin home, with the requirement that they prepare a pumpkin dish with their family and report back. To assist the children with their cooking project, Taylor and her Shawnee School Nutrition Services team prepared a flyer with pumpkin recipe ideas, and kids also were given website links to check out during regularly scheduled computer time. Taylor reports that the students’ pumpkin projects were fascinating—from younger students drawing pictures that detailed what they had prepared to older students giving oral reports. She explains, “For me, as a registered dietitian, I loved knowing that I had done something that got adults and children into the kitchen together.” Both Taylor and the Crows received complimentary copies of the book, autographed by the First Lady. “This is an amazing era to be in school nutrition,” says Taylor about her national spotlight. “When I took this position 20 years ago, I felt completely alone and isolated in my district. No one but me seemed to care about nutrition and health. But I stuck it out, and finally, everyone else cares, too!” DateBOOK September Food Allergy Awareness Month Library Card Sign-up 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 Whole Grains Month National Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Week (Sept. 16-22) Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23) Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 16) Yom Kippur (Sept. 25) October National Apple Month National Chili Month National Farm to School Month National Pork Month National Principals Month Pizza Month National Food Bank Week (Oct. 14-20) National School Lunch Week (Oct. 15-19) National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 22-26) International Magic Week (Oct. 25-31) National Custodial Worker Day (Oct. 2) World Card Making Day (Oct. 6) Columbus Day (observed) (Oct. 8) International Fitness Day (Oct. 13) World Pasta Day (Oct. 25) Make a Difference Day (Oct. 27) Halloween (Oct. 31) November American History Month Aviation History Month Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month National Pet Awareness Month American Education Week (Nov. 11-17) National Young Readers Week (Nov. 12-16) National Farm-City Week (Nov. 16-22) Election Day (Nov. 6) Veterans Day (Nov. 11) Enter toWIN Giving Blues Their Due The Child Nutrition Department of Fayette County (Ky.) Public Schools won an all-expenses paid trip for two to ANC in Denver in July for its winning submission to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council Little Blue Dynamos Health Halo Award competition. School Nutrition Coordinator Marty Flynn, SNS, submitted the “Connect the Dots” program that she designed along with intern Monica Fowler, RD. The “Connect the Dots” program relates the colors from the USDA MyPlate logo to the five food groups and encourages students to select a food identified with each of the five colors. Visit http://tinyurl. com/6vzycqx to learn more about the competition. Recycling Rocks Does recycling rule at your school? If so, Nestlé Waters and Keep America Beautiful encourage you to enter this year’s Recycle- Bowl. Leading up to America Recycles Day on November 15, the competition is open to all U.S. schools and classrooms and runs October 15-November 9. A winner from each state and the District of Columbia each will receive $1,000 based on the most recycled material per person per school, while a $2,500 grand prize will be awarded to the top recycling school. To register or for more information, visit http://recycle-bowl.org. Texas Takes the Trophy Congratulations to the child nutrition team at Abilene (Texas) Independent School District, which received the 2012 Allen C. Buhler “Making Healthy Happen” Award from Butter Buds Foodservice at ANC in Denver in July. The award was created to pay tribute to the company’s creator and founder and is presented annually to a school nutrition organization that demonstrates leadership in the nationwide effort to provide healthier meals to children. The district received a $1,000 check and a glass trophy. Healthy Kids, Healthy Choices The Healthy Kids Challenge announces the winners of its 10th annual Stirring Up Health™ Recipe Contest. In partnership with Johnson & Wales University and the Home Baking Association, the contest encouraged 7th- and 8th-graders to develop or modify an existing recipe to make it healthier, using MyPlate guidelines. Contest winners were Emma Williams from Harding Academy, Searcy, Ark. (for Fruity Chicken and Rice Salad); Justin Brownell from Van Wyck Junior High School, Wappingers Falls, N.Y. (for PB & T); and Gretta Marzon’s class from Switzerland County Middle School, Vevay, Ind. (for Brunch Egg Casserole). A Johnson & Wales University chef prepared the winning entries at events held at the winners’ schools. To view the winning recipes, visit www. healthykidschallenge.com. Milking It The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), creators of the National Milk Mustache “got milk?R” campaign, recently announced the winner of its 2011 Spotlight On contest. Michelle Milley, cafeteria manager, St. Jane Frances School in Pasadena, Md., worked to improve her students’ nutrition by serving only fat-free chocolate and lowfat white milk and eliminating less-nutritious beverage options. She used Milk Mustache celebrity posters to create a buzz, and the school saw milk consumption begin to rise. At her school of 350 students, some 250 units of milk are consumed per day. As part of her award, Milley is featured in a print advertising campaign (see page 47). To learn more about the “got milk?” campaign and to submit an entry to be considered as a monthly winner in the school foodservice category, visit www.milkdelivers.org/schools/spotlight-on/ school-foodservice. NutrıNET Potato 101 www.potato101.com This site, from the Idaho Potato Commission, is a comprehensive resource. You will find FAQs, plus tips on the preparation and care of potatoes, potato cooking basics and problem solving. Also available are multiple videos that highlight storage, cleaning, prepping and cooking methods, as well as information on tools. Fuel Up to Play 60 http://tinyurl.com/c53qzm4 Does your school participate in the National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) initiative? Resources, including sample menus and breakfast tips, are available to assist you in working with the school community and parents to achieve program goals. Also, SNA members who sign up before December and indicate “SNA” in the drop-down menu for “where they heard about FUTP60” will be entered to win a free SNA conference registration. EPA/WaterSense Kids www.epa.gov/WaterSense/kids/ index.html This site from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency explains why it’s important to conserve water, and it provides children with tips they can use to save water at home, such as turning off the water when they brush their teeth and taking shorter showers. Also included on the site are educational materials and a game that teaches youngsters about achieving water efficiency.
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