Content tagged "promote school parent communication"

From Pho to Burritos: Highlighting Doug Davis, Director of Food Services for Burlington Public Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 05, 2017

With a background in the hotel and restaurant industry, and more than twenty years of work in child nutrition under his belt, it’s no surprise that Food...

The Culture of Cambridge: Successfully Incorporating Culturally Appropriate School Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 02, 2017

As racial and ethnic diversity continues to increase in the US, school food programs incorporating culturally appropriate meals are meeting students’...

Massachusetts Service Organizations Drive Initiatives to Provide Healthy, Culturally Diverse School Food

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 02, 2017

Having grown up walking through the farmers’ markets of the San Francisco Bay Area, Alex Freeman immersed himself in the local and organic food culture that...

From Farm to School: Increasing Children’s Fruit and Vegetable Intake through School Food Co-ops

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 20, 2017

Despite many public health efforts, fruit and vegetable intake among US children is still below recommendations, particularly among racial/ethnic minorities...

Wellness Beyond the Lunchroom: How to Advocate for Wellness within the Whole School Environment

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Providing delicious and nutritious foods in the lunchroom is a huge step in creating a healthy environment for students. Maintaining healthy behaviors in...

Healthy Fundraising Guidelines

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Creating fundraising events that encourage health can be a challenge but there are many options for creative, innovative fundraisers that will encourage...

Finding Common Ground Amid Changing Standards for School Food

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

As issues of childhood obesity continue to make the headlines, the USDA is proposing new regulations on schools as part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act...

Why Choose Whole Grains for Your Kids?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Is your child’s favorite cereal Honey Nut Cheerios? Do they love snacking on popcorn? Without even knowing it, your kids are enjoying the benefits of whole...

Youth Advocacy and Youth-Adult Partnerships for Combatting Childhood Obesity

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Youth advocacy is a tool increasingly used to engage youth in promoting positive community changes. In a literature review on the topic, Shawna Hite and...

Enriching School Lunches with Greater Nutritional and Cultural Values

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

It is exciting to watch school food service staff generate creative recipes to meet the dietary requirements of school lunches. To better enforce these...

What are Whole Grains?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 24, 2016

Whole grains are an important part of the diet that add fiber, vitamins and minerals to your daily intake. The recommended amount of grains in the Healthy...

Food Service Personnel: On the Job and In the Know

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 24, 2016

School food service directors and staff are expected to nourish students with tasty nutritious foods that follow MyPlate guidelines with, frequently, limited...

News You can Use: Tips for Your School Newsletter

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 16, 2016

School newsletters are an effective way to communicate all kinds of information to families in your school or district.  Newsletters are a great place to...

Monthly Harvest Toolkits Provide Support for Farm to School

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 03, 2016

Research shows that the most effective way to get kids excited about eating more fruits and vegetables is to engage them in the growing, cooking, and tasting...

Smart Snacks at School and at Home

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 14, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014) 12.5 million youth, between the ages of 2 to 19, are obese. In just one generation the...

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...

Parent Advocates: How You Can Help to Get a Salad Bar in Your Child’s School

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

Did you know that a salad bar can offer all of the components of a USDA approved school lunch including, fruit, vegetable, whole grain, and meat/meat...

Consider School Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 30, 2016

Some parents of children with a food allergy or allergies prefer that their child eat only food prepared at home. However it is important to note that...

Working with Schools to Address Special Dietary Needs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 30, 2016

It can be difficult to control what foods your children have access to at school, but proactive measures can be taken to ensure your child’s dietary needs...

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...

The Blue Zones® Project: Bringing Positive Change to School Wellness

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 19, 2016

Blue Zones® is a health and wellness initiative founded by Dan Buettner.  He travelled all over the world researching communities.  The areas that he found...

Parent Engagement – A Key Ingredient for Successful School Meal Programs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 10, 2016

Parent engagement is defined as parents and school staff working together to support and improve the health, learning, and development of their children. It...

BMIs in Your Child’s School: Why and what purpose do they serve?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 05, 2016

You may have heard or read that your child’s school is assessing his or her health, collecting BMIs, or providing nutrition and physical activity education. ...

Showcasing Food Services at School Events

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 08, 2015

With an estimated 55 million students in the US attending schools from preschool to 12th grade, schools are in an ideal position to have a significant impact...

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