HOLIDAYS Remembering America’s Fallen Heroes Mark your calendar for the last Monday in May, the annual observance of Memorial Day (this year, May 25). For some, it might simply mean a welcome day off from work or school, but this federal holiday truly means so much more. Memorial Day was established to remember the men and women who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The observance, formerly known as “Decoration Day,” started after the American Civil War to honor the soldiers who died in that conflict by decorating their graves with flowers. The preferred name for the event gradually became known as “Memorial Day,” although it was not commonly used until after World War II; it became the official name in 1967. On Memorial Day, many Americans will visit cemeteries and memorials to pay their respect for the ultimate sacrifice given by armed forces members, often bringing flags, flowers and other decorations to mark the occasion. A most notable example of this sign of patriotic respect is the flags placed on the hundreds of thousands of military gravestones at historic Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Participating in a ritual that began in 1948, more than 1,000 soldiers from the Army’s Third Infantry, known as the Old Guard, navigate Arlington Cemetery’s 600-plus acres to place flags on each grave. In December 2000, to ensure the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, the U.S. Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act.” This encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to observe a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to this nation. Wherever your plans take you on Memorial Day—from patriotic activities such as a parade, concert or visit to a national cemetery or monument to family outings at a barbecue or vacation spot— make a point to reflect on the meaning of the day and remember America’s fallen heroes. To learn more about Memorial Day, including proper flag etiquette, visit www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday. FITNESS What’s SUP? Slowly but surely we round the corner from spring to summer, and the opportunities for outdoor activities are becoming more prevalent. If you’re looking for a new fitness foray this season, and live near a large body of water (lake, ocean, reservoir, river or canal), check out stand-up paddle boarding, also known as SUP. Originating in Hawaii, this sport consists of standing up on a board similar to a surf board, but specially crafted for paddle boarding. Using a stand up paddle (much like a longer canoe paddle), you propel yourself across the surface of the water. While the sport requires a healthy mixture of balance and concentration, it’s also a calorie-blaster—up to 500 calories an hour, depending on such factors as current, wind and added activities on the board. For example, while some stick to the basics of gliding along the water, others test their skills by doing bodyweight exercises such as squats and pushups on the board, as well as yoga! SUP uses almost every muscle in your body, particularly the core muscles of your abs, back and obliques, at some point in the exercise. Your legs and core help with balance, while your arms, back and shoulders work the paddle, propelling you forward. The range of different bodies of water in which you can SUP means you control how intense your workout is. Paddling on a lake or other placid waters will be easier than paddling in the ocean with waves and a current. Contrary to how rigorous it might seem, it’s actually a low-impact exercise, which means you can get a good workout while saving your joints from the agony of striking the ground. If you’re interested in trying SUP, the best option is to find a beginner’s class near you. For more information on paddle boarding, visit www.islesurfboards.com/ stand-up-paddle-board-buyers-guides.aspx WELLNESS Health: There’s An App for That Whether it’s counting steps, tracking calories or noting glasses of water consumed each day, more and more health-conscious consumers are using their smart phone to keep track of various wellness goals. Given that there’s more than 100,000 health-related apps available between the iTunes and Google Play stores, according to mobile market research firm Research- 2Guidance, how do you know which apps are worth downloading—or, even more so, worth actually paying for? Enter HealthTap, a mobile telemedicine and health information service, which surveyed 67,000 doctors to determine which health applications they recommend to patients. The survey looked at apps in 30 categories, including healthy eating, heart health, sleep and child’s health, compiling a total list of 100 recommended apps. The top three apps on the iOS platform—or, for the less tech-savvy, for those of us who have Apple mobile devices—are MyFitnessPal, Weight Watchers and Lose It!, which are all calorie-counting or weight-loss apps. On 10 SchoolNutrıtıon • MAY 2 0 1 5 Android devices, the top three apps are Weight Watchers, White Noise Lite (for improved sleeping) and Lose It! For children’s health, doctors most frequently recommended KidsDoc from the American Academy of Pediatrics on iOS and My Baby Today on Android. For mental health on IOS devices, T2 Mood Tracker picked up the top spot and the app At Ease Anxiety & Worry Relief was most recommended for Android users. To read the full list, visit www.healthtap.com/top_health_ apps_2014. Always be wary of claims that seem too good to be true. Many mobile apps purport to do things that medical experts say simply aren’t possible with such devices, such as tracking blood pressure, treating acne or monitoring blood sugar levels. In 2011, the Federal Trade Commission fined a developer who claimed his app could treat acne with the iPhone’s light. The Food and Drug Administration now issues guidelines for developers of mobile health apps, which can be read at: http://tinyurl.com/mobilehealthapps. CONSUMER TRENDS Dietary Darlings of the Decade The February issue of School Nutrition shared the foods and culinary trends that experts forecast for popularity throughout 2015. However, since there are no real crystal balls, such predicted fads don’t always pan out. So, let’s take a look back on what foods truly have grabbed the attention of the American public in the past 10 years, as compiled by consumer research firm The NDP Group. The group surveyed consumers about their eating habits in early 2014 and compared it to data collected in early 2004. In the 10 years between the two surveys, a number of foods surged upward in consumption. Start with yogurt, which showed the stongest increase—the percentage of Americans who eat this dairy food at least once in a two-week period grew 12.5% over the past decade, no doubt coinciding with the swell of protein-rich Greek varieties available these days. Not all foods on the list were quite so healthy, though, as pancakes, chips, frozen sandwiches, Mexican food, chicken sandwiches and pizza also all showed a significant increase in popularity in the years between the two surveys—and these are a far cry from the quinoa and kale that have made the top trends lists of recent years. That said, granola bars and fresh fruit also showed gains as American dietary preferences. The survey tracked beverages, too. There might be a greater focus on sustainability and the environment today than ever before, but that hasn’t stopped the consumption of bottled water, increasing 10.7% since 2004. A keen eye might note that nearly all the foods on the list don’t require a utensil, nor are they actual meals. “We are eating more meals in our homes, but not cooking more dishes,” said Harry Balzer, vice president of The NPD Group and author of the 29th Annual Eating Patterns in America Report , in a press release. “You can see how Americans are making their lives easier, despite the economic limits, by looking at the foods and beverages that have become a part of more American diets.” Read more from the NPD group by visiting http://tinyurl.com/decadetop food. PET HEALTH Flea Season for Fido & Fluffy Chances are the mere thought of fleas makes you squirm with discomfort. However, even the cleanest home can be at risk of a flea infestation during the warmer months. If proper measures aren’t taken to prevent the insects from jumping on your dog or cat while they’re outside, it can be difficult to rid your home of them once they’ve invaded. Fleas are much more than simply a nuisance when it comes to your animals. They can wreak havoc on your pet’s health by causing skin infections or anemia, a lack of red blood cells. If you spot dark or white specks in your pet’s fur, excessive licking or scratching and/ or scabs or hot spots on the furry friends’ body, those are telltale signs of fleas. You might even experience bites on your own skin—start by checking your ankles. The scary truth: For every flea you spot, experts estimate there’s another 100 that you don’t see in your house. Your animal can pick up fleas even if he only goes out on the patio for a little outdoor time if he’s not properly guarded by some type of flea and tick prevention, such as Frontline Plus, Advantage II or Comfortis. While these are costly options, Consumer Reports magazine notes that cheaper brands might not be as effective. Talk to your vet about the best option for your pet. If you fear fleas have infiltrated your home, take a few steps to get rid of them: First, treat your pet with a flea-killing shampoo and then give her a treatment such as Capstar, a pill that kills all adult fleas on the pet’s body. Next, treat your home and yard with a spray or fog. Because you need to kill fleas at all their life stages, you must repeat this step again in three to four weeks. Finally, do multiple thorough cleanings of your home by vacuuming the house—including rugs and carpets under furniture—and throwing away the vacuum bag or cleaning out the canister each time. (Fleas can jump back out of the vacuum and into the carpet!) Wash pet bedding and toys in hot water or throw them out. To get more tips about ridding your home and pets of fleas, visit www.caninejournal.com/getting-rid-offl eas. NutrıNET The Future of Food http://food.national geographic.com The team at National Geographic looks at how to feed Earth’s growing population. Check out and share in-depth feature stories from its magazine, The Plate blog and more at this portal site. A variety of topics, including gardening, food allergies, GMOs—even “five things you didn’t know about spatulas”!—are covered. We Give Books/FirstBook www.wegivebooks.org If you need some reading resources for your involvement in summer or afterschool programs, consider these organizations’ website and social media channels. Free registration gives you access to a vast online library that you can use to read to children from a computer or mobile device. Books are available in 10 genres for four age groups. Check frequently for periodic promotions and activities. FAOSTAT http://faostat3.fao.org/home/E The Statistics Division of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization collects data on a number of food-related subjects, including prices, food security and population. These could be helpful in forecasting trends that could affect your operation or business. Look at world statistics or country breakdowns. USDA Wilson Named to USDA Post On March 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Dr. Katie Wilson, SNS, has been named Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services as of May 1. Wilson, 2008-09 SNA president succeeds Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, also an SNA past president, in the post. Thornton announced her retirement in January. Wilson comes to her new position after several years leading the National Food Service Management Institute (NSFMI) as its executive director. Prior to that, Wilson was a longtime school nutrition director for Onalaska (Wis.) Public Schools. In a news release from SNA, President Julia Bauscher offered warm wishes to the new Deputy Under Secretary. “We at SNA extend our congratulations to Katie,” she said. “We look forward to working with her as we implement Professional Standards and move forward with Child Nutrition Reauthorization.” Calendar15 May15 MAY 3-5 Annual Conference, American Commodity Distribution Association Salt Lake City; www.commodityfoods. org/acda-annual-conference MAY 5-7 Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids National Leadership Summit, The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio; www.ciahealthykids.com MAY 16-17 National Food Allergy Conference, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Long Beach, Calif.; www.foodallergy. org MAY 16-19 NRA Show 2015, National Restaurant Association Chicago; http://show.restaurant.org June15 JUNE 7-9 Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminary & Expo, International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association Atlanta; www.iddba.org JUNE 8-10 Annual Conference, United Fresh Produce Association Chicago; www.unitedfresh.org JUNE 8-11 FMI Connect, Food Marketing Institute Chicago; www.fmi.org JUNE 21-24 National Charter Schools Conference, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools New Orleans; www.publiccharters.org JUNE 24-27 106th Annual Conference and Expo, American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Jacksonville, Fla.; www.aafcs.org July15 JULY 11-14 IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation, Institute of Food Technologists Chicago; www.ift.org JULY 22-25 2015 National Conference, The National Association of College & University Food Services Indianapolis; www.nacufs.org JULY 24-26 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo, Produce Marketing Association Monterey, Calif.; www.pma.com DateBOOK May National Mental Health Month National Salad Month Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-9) School Nutrition Employee Week (May 4-8) Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 10-16) National Children’s Book Week (May 11-17) School Lunch Hero Day (May 1) Cinco de Mayo (May 5) Mother’s Day (May 10) Memorial Day (May 25) June Fireworks Safety Months (June 1-July 31) National Dairy Month National Soul Food Month Turkey Lovers’ Month National Men’s Health Week (June 15-21) National Running Day (June 3) FIFA Women’s World Cup Begins (June 6) National Cancer Survivors Day (June 7) World Oceans Day (June 8) Anne Frank’s Birthday (June 12) Flag Day (June 14) Father’s Day (June 21) First Day of Summer (June 21) First Harry Potter Book Published Anniversary (June 26) Great American Backyard Campout (June 27) July National Blueberries Month National Grilling Month National Hot Dog Month National Ice Cream Month National Watermelon Month Picnic Month U.S. Special Olympics World Summer Games (July 25-Aug. 2) Anniversary of the First U.S. Zoo (July 1) Independence Day (July 4) Tour de France Begins (July 4) P.T. Barnum’s Birthday (July 5) Bastille Day (July 14) Enter toWIN Seeing Silver The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) recently announced the awardees of its 2015 Silver Plate Awards. Taking the top prize in the Elementary and Secondary Schools category is SNA Past President Mary A. Hill. The prestigious award recognizes achievements in foodservice management, marketing, human resources and industry/civic participation. Hill, a 32-year veteran in school nutrition, is executive director of foodservices, Jackson (Miss.) Public Schools. She describes her work (“feeding children healthy and nutritious meals every day”) as her “greatest joy.” She and her team “believe we have the chance to set the stage for the type of day a child will have in school. We may serve in the cafeteria, in the classroom, on the school bus…or from a kiosk in the front hall. … We do what we need to do to make sure that children receive nutritious blocks to support [their] growth and development.” Hill served as the Association’s president in 2007-08, and she has been an active participant on many national and state taskforces and advisory committees addressing obesity, healthy eating and physical fitness. “I accept this Silver Plate as a lifetime achievement award and as a person who is blessed to have a career doing what she loves with a fantastic support team focused on meeting the needs of the students,” she told IFMA. Hill was nominated by Schwan’s Food Service; she and other award-winners will be celebrated at the IFMA 61st Annual Gold & Silver Plate Celebration in Chicago on May 18, 2015. For more information, visit www. ifmaworld.com. The Wild Side Are you a social media maven, blogging about healthy school meals? If so, and you love to develop nutritious recipes, you can win a Vitamix® Blender valued at more than $300 or a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card by entering the Wild Blueberry Side Recipe Contest, cosponsored by Wild Blueberries and Moms Meet. To enter, create an original recipe—one outside of traditional baked goods—take photos of the whole preparation process and submit the information at www.greenmomsmeet.com/wildblue berrycontest. You must have a food blog to enter. The deadline is May 17, 2015. The CEO Is In You can become the CEO—Chief Egg Officer, that is—by participating in a contest from Eggland’s Best. Visit www.egglandsbest.com and tell the company why you’d be an ideal CEO. Entering gives you a chance to win a year’s supply of the company’s egg products, plus $5,000 and a nutrition consultation. Enter to win before May 24, 2015. First and Foremost Perhaps you have an outstanding employee on staff who would be the perfect candidate to attend SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) for the first time. You can nominate this individual for an ANC First-Timer Scholarship before May 11, 2015. Nominations can be made by district directors who are active SNA members and already have registered to attend ANC 2015 in Salt Lake City. The nominated staff member must be an employee or manager who is an active SNA member and has never attended an ANC. To get more information or submit your nomination, use the online application form at www.schoolnutrition.org/conferenceschol arships. Building Breakfast Take advantage of funds available from Pinnacle Food Service’s School Breakfast Building Grant Program. The program is designed to help recipient schools increase student breakfast participation by providing supplemental funding to support or enhance an existing program or jump-start a new one. Individual grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded on a rolling basis. To be eligible, schools/districts must have a reimbursable breakfast ADP of less than 40% for the school or site intending to use the grant funding to increase participation and must be willing to cooperate with the Pinnacle Food Service media relations team on related promotional efforts. Apply online at http://foodservice. pinnaclefoods.com/links/grant-program.
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