New to Who? School Nutrition has witnessed a lot of new food sampling in school cafeterias over the years. We’ve applauded the introduction of ugli fruit, crepes, lentils and even sushi. We thought we’d seen it all…and then we learned that ceviche was on the menu in Oakland (Calif.) Unified School District! And topping that— this South American classic was made with local rockfish caught in San Francisco Bay! Consider us speechless. A Wheel-y Good Idea In our August 2017 issue, we took a quick, creative spin on health and nutrition: The blender bike (the one shown here was found in Georgia’s Cobb County Schools) is a stationary bicycle merged with a mounted blender attachment. These bikes motivate students at all grade levels to consider breakfast, exercise and healthy smoothie combinations all while engaging in a clever activity that combines physical activity and nutrition—what more could a school nutrition professional ask for? Maybe one of your New Year’s resolutions will be to introduce this fabulous fad to your students! North East Independent School District’s Sharon Glosson should be one proud Texas school nutrition director. Not one, but two of her cafeteria managers were recently honored with “PTA Lifetime Achievement” awards. Selected by the PTA and principal at each school in the district, the award recognizes a staff member who goes above and beyond their responsibilities. Congratulations to Veronica Miranda and Megan Montgomery—and to Glosson for supervising a memorable team. Christmas miracle or climate change warning? School nutrition teams in Corpus Christi, El Paso and San Antonio celebrated highly unusual December snowfalls in the Lone Star State. HOLIDAY Happenings Who has more fun than school nutrition professionals in December? No one! From clever and creative food art to decorative doors to the appearance of Naughty Noelle, a cafeteria Elf-on-a-Shelf, you all are the embodiment of holiday spirit! SNA staff are right with you—congratulate this year’s winners (directly above) of our 2nd annual Holiday Cookie Decorating Contest!
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