Content tagged "food service directors"

What is the National School Lunch Program?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

Looking for a way to expose students to healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and whole grains? Concerned about student academic performance? Consider...

Professional Development Opportunities through 4-H

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 06, 2016

Summertime provides wonderful opportunities to enjoy a relaxing break, family vacations, barbecues with friends, and long lazy days.  Summertime is also a...

An Overview of Snack Policy and a la Carte Guidelines for School Food

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

Tired of seeing your kids snack on chips and soda because those are the options in school vending machines? The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 funds...

Multipurpose Lunch Menu

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

A food service director told me that the school meal menus are the most read items on the school district website. He knew this because once he was late in...

Smart Snacks Resources to Help Schools with Implementation and Environmental Change

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

The Smart Snacks in School standards went into effect on July 1, 2014 in an effort to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods and beverages sold...

The “Trigger” Effect: Certain Foods May Trigger Kids to Buy or Avoid Junk Food

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

Students typically walk past a wide assortment of food options as they proceed through the lunch line to buy meals at school—and the foods they pass on the...

Plant to Plate: Do School Gardens Increase Salad Selection?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

According to the 2013 USDA Farm to School Census, there are 2,401 school gardens across the US that grow edible produce and incorporate it in school meals....

Think Breakfast!-- Increasing Breakfast Consumption in New York State

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We have all heard that obesity is becoming epidemic among our children. We all want...

Tips for Successful Implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

It seems simple – pack up breakfast, send it up to the classroom, the children eat breakfast together and everyone is happy! Not so fast!Breakfast served to...

The Community Eligibility Provision and School Meals: A Fact Sheet

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

The community eligibility provision (CEP) is an option of meal reimbursement that allows schools with high rates of students who qualify for free or reduced...

Power Up with Breakfast for a Winning School Day

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

Do you dream of a low cost, easy way to help students who struggle achieve academic success? One answer may be as close as the school cafeteria breakfast...

Breakfast and the Brain: How Eating Breakfast Impacts School Performance

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

The claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day has an abundance of sound science behind it. A brief compiled by the Food Research and Action...

Milk Substitutes in School Meals

Food allergies affect about four to six percent of children and milk allergies are one of the most common food allergies. Cow’s milk is a nutritious beverage...

It is Alive! Using Innovative Marketing to Increase Vegetable Uptake in School Cafeterias

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

There is substantial evidence that children are not eating the recommended amounts of healthy fruits and vegetables. In an effort to motivate children to eat...

Healthy-Left, Unhealthy-Right: Can Displaying Healthy Items to the Left (versus Right) of Unhealthy Items Nudge Healthier Choices?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

Does lateral (i.e., left-right) display patterns of food items influence choice? More specifically, would displaying healthy items (such as salads) on the...

Schools Reduce Food Waste through Improved Front and Back of the House Techniques

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

The US Food Waste Challenge encourages everyone, including K-12 schools, to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste. Waste can happen at any point in the...

Obtaining and Processing Local Foods: A Food Service Director Perspective

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

While evidence about the benefits of eating local food continues to build, farm-to-school endeavors present challenges when considering unique needs of...

Decreasing Waste in Schools: Food Recycling Options

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

About 30% of food in the US food supply is wasted each year! That’s 133 billion pounds of food - a problem when considering hunger, limited financial...

Communicating Healthy Eating Messages to Preschool Children

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

Talking to young children about their health can be challenging—is it better to grab their attention by warning against unhealthy practices or to encourage...

Farm to School Bottom Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

Farm to School is an important and exciting program that supports local economies and promotes student interest in foods that are grown near their school or...

Get the Word Out: Write a Press Release

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 24, 2016

Press releases are short (under a page) and factual. The intention is to give enough information to interest the media while keeping it short enough to...

A Salad Bar for Everyone: Finding Funds for a Salad Bar

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 23, 2016

“It looks really beautiful! I would put our salad bar up against any salad bar in town because it looks that good!”-- Kathy Burrill the food service director...

School Food Wisdom, Straight from the Source

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 22, 2016

There are many misconceptions about school food, from what it costs, to what’s in it and where it comes from. School lunch is often accused of being a factor...

The BreakfastFirst Campaign in California

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

BackgroundThe BreakfastFirst Campaign is a three year initiative to help California's students reach their full potential and California's schools maximize...

Dallas Schools Go Lean and Green for a Day!

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

“You are what you eat!" is a notion that implies that to achieve optimal health, we must fuel our bodies with good nutrition.  As a society, we are beginning...

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