Understanding School Nutrition Programs
School nutrition programs are in the news. The programs are complex, yet they provide tasty, nutritious food to millions of kids each day. In this review, Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, and Garrett Berdan, RD, LD clearly explain the program and identify success, challenges and opportunities. The accompanying editorial provides the road map to proceed.
Research summarized in the report, The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success through Healthy School Environments, released by The GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council, American College of Sports Medicine and the American School Health Association shows that improved nutrition and increased physical activity may lead to improved academic performance.
This report provides further support for proven school wellness programs and policies. Schools participating in Fuel Up to Play 60 and Oregon School Wellness Award winning schools are shining examples of how wellness can impact the health and learning of kids.
"Healthy Meals for Healthy Students" trainings are presented in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs and the Oregon Dairy Council. We train school nutrition and frontline staff, giving them ideas and skills to improve their school meal programs with nutrient-rich recipes, featuring ingredients like low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Now in its second year, the program has trained 150 participants from over 72 schools, reaching nearly every county in the state. See what school cooks are up to in the kitchen.
The Oregon Department of Education, with sponsorship from Oregon Dairy Council has formally recognized outstanding school wellness programs. Winning schools have effectively implemented their district's wellness policies by creatively promoting nutrition and physical activity. Learn more about what each school is doing by visiting the list of winners.
Congratulations to the 2014 Winners:
Kids Are Drinking WHAT?! - FREE CPE webinar
View data from recent analyses of NHANES that unveils alarming trends in children's beverage intake over the past three decades. Smart beverage choices from day one is a crucial step to ensure children get the essential nutrients they need.
Sports and Energy Drinks for Kids
The American Academy of Pediatrics published a new clinical report, "Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks for Children and Adolescents: Are They Appropriate?" in the June 2011 issue of Pediatrics. The report examines how these products are being misused and provides guidance to eliminate consumption of energy drinks and to decrease or eliminate consumption of sports drinks by children and adolescents. AAP urges parents to use water to rehydrate and low-fat or fat-free milk to help meet nutrient needs. AAP also notes that low-fat milk, which is a good source of protein, is a good option for use as a protein-recovery drink following prolonged vigorous exercise.
Fuel Up to Play 60
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Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school program developed in partnership between National Dairy Council, local Dairy Councils and the National Football league to engage and empower youth to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day and choose better foods including low-fat and fat-free dairy, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables as recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.
Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) provides resources for schools to design their own initiatives for physical activity and healthy eating. The program also provides youth with leadership opportunities to play an active role in improving their personal health and school environment. For more information contact Cara Seger, Oregon Field Coordinator at CaraS@oregondairycouncil.org.
Wellness Success Stories
Franklin School in Corvallis continues to promote healthy student behavior with fun and creative programs after winning a 2008 Oregon School Wellness Award. Franklin promotes nutrition education in the classroom, cafeteria, at staff meetings and in the community.
A favorite nutrition education activity at Franklin is Mix It Up, which occurs during lunch four times a year. Try Mix It Up Activities at your school:
Classroom nutrition education at Franklin School includes these programs that promote healthy eating:
Action for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is a nationwide initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools. Visit the Oregon AFHK website to find a wealth of tools and information for creating health-promoting schools that support sound nutrition and physical activity as part of a total learning environment. Find out about what's happening in Oregon and learn how you can get involved, today!
American Academy of Pediatrics - Vitamin D Recommendations
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns of the serious risks raw milk and juice can pose and strongly recommends pasteurized milk and juice once your child is ready for foods other than breast milk or formula.
The vision of Healthy Kids Learn Better (HKLB): All youth in Oregon are healthy and successful learners who contribute positively to their communities. HKLB is a way of forming school-community partnerships that address kids' physical, social and emotional needs while improving their potential to learn. Visit this website for current news and events, tools and resources, and to learn about Oregon's Coordinated School Health success stories.
The Oregon Dairy Council partners with other Oregon education services to promote the connection between nutrition and learning.
Start Smart Eating & Reading combines nutrition education and literacy for an all-around healthy classroom curriculum. This fun-filled breakfast, nutrition, and reading program was designed to help students discover the importance of breakfast through reading and discussion of various children's books. Each of the five learning modules offers a no-cook food activity along with other classroom activities to reinforce messages about smart eating, while parent newsletters help deliver messages from the classroom to the home.
The curriculum was prepared jointly by the 4-H Youth Development and Family and Community Development programs of the Oregon State University Extension Service and the Oregon Department of Education.
Lesson plans, worksheets, and parent newsletter are available for free download at:
This review examines the latest scientific research on the nutritional and health benefits of flavored milk. Included in the review are various health concerns related to flavored milk, such as dental caries, behavioral disorders, obesity, and Diabetes Mellitus.
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