Farmer Trading Cards Among the many passions of SNA President-Elect Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS, is her love of baseball and her zeal for farm to school programs. The intersection of the two is an innovative School Nutrition Services promotion at Loudoun County (Va.) Public Schools: a dozen cards created in the style of Major League Baseball player trading cards, but featuring area farmers! Domokos-Bays found funding and production support for her idea through an ideal partner: the Loudoun County Rural Economic Development Council. Each “Know Your Farmer” card features a picture of a local farmer, along with facts about his or her agricultural products, quotes about why they went into farming and so on. The cards have been distributed to students in the district’s 55 elementary schools since the start of the baseball season—which also happens to be the beginning of growing season! Kids were encouraged to “Get in the Game with Farm to School” and “see how many your class can collect!” The kids love the cards, which personalize the people who bring food to the table. More farmers in the area want to be included, so the Council will fund a second set next year. The cards served as a focal point for related projects, including a Spring Farm Tour (“You Collected Their Cards. Now You Can Visit Their Farms!”) that gave students their pick of 28 farms to visit on a field trip. Learn More: www.lcpshealthycafe.org, (571) 252-6502. The creative food artists in Utah’s Provo City School District have done it again. This watermelon/ cantaloupe combo is a clever way to remind students that summer has arrived! TO THEIR HEALTH “Savor the Flavor” is a school cafeteria and classroom promotion designed to encourage kids to eat healthy foods. In January, seven Chicago schools participated in a “broccoli low-sodium” activity. Selected students were asked to serve as “Food Champions.” Dressed in chef hats and aprons, these kids were instructed to place a chipotle- or jalapeno-flavored salt-free seasoning mix on the broccoli of the students seated at their tables. The promotion was linked to classroom instruction, and nutrition education materials were distributed to students and parents. A plate waste study revealed a 4% increase in the number of students who ate all of their broccoli during the promotion. Learn More: Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion, email@example.com Grand Grads School Nutrition salutes 2016 graduates of all ages and stages! Congratulations to Doris Demers, child nutrition director, Oyster River (N.H.) Cooperative School District, a new graduate of the University of New Hampshire—as well as to other SNA members reaching educational milestones this spring! Baker Place Elementary School, Grovetown, Ga., held a graduation ceremony for its Nutrition Advisory Council (NAC) students (bottom). In Nassau County (Fla.) School District, the graduates from Hilliard Middle-Senior High School paraded through the cafeteria at the district’s Hilliard Elementary. What great role models all around!
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