SEASONAL HEALTH Flu Vaccines: Fact vs. Fiction Each year, getting a flu shot is a personal choice that everyone needs to make. But given the fact that myths run rampant about the safety and efficacy of vaccinations, it’s vital you learn the facts before you make your decision. Rather than rely on anecdotes read on Facebook, get the straight scoop from reliable medical experts. Fiction: I’m a perfectly healthy young (ish) adult, so I don’t need the vaccine every year. It’s true that an estimated 90% of flu-related deaths each year occur in those age 65 or older. But every person who gets the flu shot helps reduce the risk of the virus—or viruses, depending on how many strains are in play this season— spreading throughout the community. You might carry the germs without getting sick, but unknowingly spread them to someone who won’t be so lucky. When it comes to “the greater good,” getting the flu vaccination is one way you can play a role. Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Fact: Some people shouldn’t get a flu shot. Those who have a severe allergic reaction to eggs shouldn’t get a flu shot, as most types of vaccines contain a small amount. Additionally, those who have had a severe reaction to any flu vaccines in the past, as well as those who have a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome or who are currently moderately or severely ill, should not get a flu shot. Source: CDC Fact: I can still get the flu, even if I got the vaccine. Fiction: This means that the vaccine didn’t work. It’s not possible to predict exactly which strains of influenza will run rampant each season, so scientists do their best to come up with a vaccine that will cover as many bases as possible. However, even if the viruses in the vaccine don’t match up perfectly with the common strains in any given season, the vaccine still provides a layer of protection. If you experience flu-like symptoms, it could be another virus that’s similar to the flu. Additionally, it takes about two weeks for a vaccine to create antibodies that provide protection against the virus—which is why you should get vaccinated earlier in the season rather than later. Sources: CDC, Harvard Medical School Flu season officially begins this month and lasts through March. For more information on the flu vaccine, as well as other ways to protect yourself, visit www.cdc.gov/flu. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY Take a Break for Fitness The start of the school year is naturally a very busy time. Between your work load and your personal obligations, it may seem as though you don’t have any time to squeeze anything else into your day, much less exercise! But this is exactly where Staff Fitness Break Cards can help. Designed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to be used specifically in the workplace, each card contains written instructions and a visual demonstration for one of a variety of stretches and exercises that you can do anytime during the work day. The cards illustrate 20 different exercise activities in all, such as seated run, chair squats, quad stretch, leg pull-ins and invisible jump rope. The Staff Fitness Break Cards are available online for free downloading. Simply print and cut them out into a deck, like playing cards. Because most of our waking hours are spent in the workplace, how we spend those hours can have a profound impact on our overall health. A positive wellness culture during the workday can contribute to improved physical, mental and emotional well-being for you and your co-workers. The Alliance offers a few suggested steps for getting started, but use the Cards in any way that makes your workplace a more active environment. • Circulate the Staff Fitness Break Cards among participants at the start of a staff meeting. Every 20 minutes, ask one team member to lead the group in a fitness break, using the card they received as a guide. • Laminate the cards and give each member of your staff a full deck. Encourage them to use the cards periodically throughout the day. • Enlarge each Staff Fitness Break Card to flyer or poster size and place them around the school in hallways, lunchrooms, the teachers’ lounge, copy room, etc. Encourage staff to use these fitness stations as a time and place to add a quick physical activity break to their day. • Use the cards during professional development trainings, regular team meetings, board meetings and other gatherings to keep attendees active and engaged. Remember, short breaks of just a few minutes can add up, and even minimal levels of activity can help to keep us healthy and more productive, giving us more energy and a greater ability to manage stress. Visit http://tinyurl.com/StaffFitnessBreakCards to download your own copy of the Staff Fitness Break Cards. NutrıNET Kid-Friendly Recipes http://tinyurl.com/allrecipeskids If you are familiar with All Recipes’ extensive collection, have you ever used it specifically to search for kid-friendly recipes? Simply pick a category—such as pasta, chicken or vegetables—to help jumpstart your brainstorming process. Check for the Recipe of the Day, as well as staff picks. Users can rate and comment on each recipe. All Things Potatoes www.idahopotato.com/allthingspotatoes Celebrate National Potato Month in September by learning more about different potato varieties and how to store and handle them. This Idaho Potato Commission web resource also offers recipes for potatoes of all types, including such traditional favorites as au gratin potatoes, baked potatoes and potato salads. Suggested best practices and technique videos are featured, as well. Whole-Grain Resource http://tinyurl.com/wholegrainusda It’s a new school year and September, Whole Grains Month, is a perfect time to download this PDF resource from USDA and learn how to incorporate whole grain-rich foods into your menus. Exercises and product calculators will hone your skills in identifying items that meet criteria for reimbursable meals. Calendar14 Sept14 SEPT. 19-22 Annual Meeting & Expo, Association of School Business Officials International Kissimmee, Fla., (866) 682-2729 SEPT. 22-24 Fall 2014 Conference, Commercial Food Equipment Service Association Key Largo, Fla., (336) 346-4700 Oct14 OCT. 9-11 88th Annual ASHA School Health Conference, American School Health Association Portland, Ore., (703) 506-7675 OCT. 11-14 NFRA Convention, National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association, Inc. Orlando, Fla., (717) 657-8601 OCT. 17-19 Annual Fresh Summit International Convention & Exposition, Produce Marketing Association Anaheim, Calif., (302) 738-7100 OCT. 18-21 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Atlanta, (800) 877-1600 OCT. 21-23 2014 Distribution Solutions Conference, International Foodservice Distributors Association Indianapolis, (703) 532-9400 OCT. 22-24 Annual Fall Conference, Council of the Great City Schools Milwaukee, Wis., (202) 393-2427 Nov14 NOV. 4-6 National Conference, Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management Uncasville, Conn., (502) 574-9931 NOV. 6-8 Annual Conference, Association for Middle Level Education Nashville, (800) 528-6672 NOV. 7-9 reThink Food Conference, Culinary Institute of America Napa, Calif., (707) 967-2416 DateBOOK September Backpack Safety America Month Food Allergy Awareness Month Hunger Awareness Month Library Card Sign-up Month National Food Safety Education Month National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) National Potato Month Labor Day (Sept. 1) National Grandparents Day (Sept. 7) International Literacy Day (Sept. 8) First Day of Autumn (Sept. 23) National Women’s Health & Fitness Day (Sept. 24) Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 24) October American Cheese Month Celiac Disease Awareness Month Filipino American History Month National Apple Month National Depression Education & Awareness Month National Farm to School Month National Principals Month Fall Astronomy Week (Oct. 6-12) National School Lunch Week (Oct. 13-17) National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 20-24) Yom Kippur (Oct. 3) Child Health Day (Oct. 6) National Stop Bullying Day (Oct. 8) Walk to School Day (Oct. 8) Columbus Day (Oct. 13) Make a Difference Day (Oct. 25) Halloween (Oct. 31) November Aviation History Month Family Stories Month National Young Readers Month (Nov. 10-14) American Education Week (Nov. 17-21) Sandwich Day (Nov. 3) Election Day (Nov. 4) Veterans Day (Nov. 11) America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) Enter to WIN Winning With Winston Congratulations to Red Lake (Minn.) School District #38 ISD, which was selected as the recipient of the 2014 School Nutrition Foundation/Winston Industries Equipment Award Grant. The district will receive a variety of pieces of commercial kitchen equipment, including holding cabinets, holding drawers and thermalizers. To apply for next year’s equipment grant, stay tuned to www.schoolnutrition.org/scholarships for details. Kudos to Kid Chefs Recognition is in order for the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Recipe Contest! The contest, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Education and Epicurious, honored winning recipes submitted by students between the ages of 8 and 12, selecting one from each state and U.S. territory. More than 1,500 recipes were entered! Judges included adults and children. Honors went to such dishes as Over the Rainbow Veggie Pancakes (Iowa) and Amazing African Sweet Potato Stew (Wisconsin). Each of the 54 winners was invited to attend the Kids’ “State Dinner” hosted by the First Lady at the White House in July. Visit www.recipechallenge.epicurious.com for a list of winners and a free downloadable e-cookbook of the winning recipes. Dairy Talented Congratulations to the winners of Evergreen Packaging’s Made by Milk™ Spring 2014 Carton Construction Contest. Participating school teams used 100 or more milk cartons to build a character, symbol or scene from a story. The overall winning team from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, N.Y., received $5,000, while De Queen (Ark.) Middle School received $2,500 as the People’s Choice Award winner. The following category winners each received $1,500: Stevens Creek Elementary School, Martinez, Ga.; Mustang (Okla.) Elementary School; Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (Milwaukee, Wis.); Camden (N.Y.) Middle School; Ringgold (Ga.) Middle School; Greenwood (Mo.) School; College, Career & Technology Academy, Pharr, Texas; Paulsboro (N.J.) High School and Washington County High School, Washington, Kan. Visit http://madebymilk contest.com for details about the Fall 2014 contest. Keep on Truckin’ With more and more school nutrition operations using food trucks to provide meals, it’s only fitting that they earn honors for their efforts. Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools’ Truck of the Month Program was named as one of the winners of the third annual National Restaurant Association Operator Innovation Awards, which honored “initiatives at the forefront of innovation and ingenuity in the foodservice industry.” To view a complete list of winners, visit http://tinyurl.com/operatorinnovationawards. Kosher Creation Jamie Brown-Miller of Napa, Calif., was named the winner of the Manischewitz All-Star Cook-off for her Waffled Latkes With Matzo Fried Chicken and Spicy Syrup recipe. The contest required kosher recipe entries that included specific products. Brown-Miller was awarded $25,000 in cash and prizes. To view the winning recipes, visit www.manischewitz.com/recipesfromcookoff.html. New Beginnings For the 2014 Ben’s Beginners ™ Cooking Contest, sponsored by Mars Foodservice/ Uncle Ben’s®, families with children in grades K-8 can submit videos of them preparing a rice-based dish and discussing their experience cooking together. Five grand prizes, including a $15,000 cash prize and a $30,000 cafeteria makeover, will be awarded. Submit entries to www.unclebens.com until October 10, 2014. Foodservice directors who download and share the parent flyer can win one of five $500 prizes.
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