Celebrate National Farm to School Month!



Get ready to get excited about healthy school food by celebrating national farm-to-school month! Every October farmers, families, students, educators and food enthusiasts of all ages celebrate healthy school food and raise awareness about improving child nutrition for all kids in all schools through farm-to-school programs. Our farm-to-school Salud Heroes have helped schools incorporate healthy foods in cafeterias, increase student awareness of healthy foods, grow school gardens and more! How can you get involved? Take the pledge, read inspiring stories, explore resources, or help spread the word! Learn more here! Also, follow #farmtoschool or #f2SMonth on social media to join the ...

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Owatonna Public Schools Celebrate Farm-to-School Month with Healthy Lunch Options



Owatonna Public Schools in Steele County Minnesota (7.5% Latino) are celebrating National Farm to School month this October by continuing to implement healthy changes in school lunches. Since 2014 the district has been working with local vendors as much as possible, after receiving $100,000 in grants from Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Minnesota and the US Department of Agriculture the school district has incorporated more fresh turkey meat, and fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Food hubs have also helped bring the school to work with local food vendors who deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to the hubs and then are delivered to the schools. Even options like pizza or hamburgers only available in the High Schools are made with local dough, low-fat cheese, meats without fillers, ...

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Tips On Healthy Eating During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month



The PEW Charitable Trusts is encouraging parents to eat with their kids during September and bring awareness to healthy eating during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Here are some tips to help students know their parents, grandparents or family members support them in healthy eating. Make a date! Enjoy lunch with your child to see exactly what is offered in school meals and show support to school staff and students who are making healthy meal choices. This can help support mindful eating as well, giving students a warm supportive environment for healthy food choices. School meal for dinner? Yes, that's right! Ask your school nutrition director for a recipe your child might like and make it at home for dinner. This gives children a way to get involved and parents a ...

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$60,000 in PTA Grants Awarded to Support School Meal Improvements



The Parent Teachers Association (PTA) has geared up to help ensure that students have access to and participate in nutritious school meals. Laura Bay, president of the National PTA explained in a press release that students learn better when they eat better, and a strong school meal program can help children receive more than half of their daily nutrient needs. The PTA plans to award over $60,000 in grants to schools and PTAs across the country. Three schools will receive $5000 each, and another 25 PTAs in Alexandria, VA will receive grants of $2000 each. A collaboration between The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created the Kid's Safe and Healthful Food Project which helps fund in part The Healthy School Meals grants. The PTA also plans to help ...

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School Cafeteria Partners with Local Grower Foundation to Support School Salad Bar



Students in the Sunnyslope school in Hollister School District within Hollister, Calif. (65% Latino) were introduced to a fresh school salad bar yesterday as a new partnership blossomed. Sunnyslope school the Hollister School District will now get to enjoy fresh local grown produce from the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation as a partnership between the district and the Grower-Shipper's Foundation are working together to fight against childhood obesity in the school environment through giving more kids access to fresh vegetables in local schools. "It is an amazing sight to not only see the students excited about salad but also enjoying it as a healthy lunch option," Joe Rivas, Sunnyslope's principal told local news source BenitoLink. It's true, Latino-majority schools often ...

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A Healthy School Food Movement Ignites Social media



What is #RealSchoolFood? The Chef Ann Foundation (CAF), a national non-profit that works to improve school lunches and communities with tools, training, and resources is bringing awareness about healthier whole food lunches. Over 30 million kids eat school lunch daily, many of the foods are processed or contain unknown ingredients, reported PRNewswire. Considering kids more than half of their daily calories at lunch, and Latino kids are often in schools that don't offer as many salads and fresh fruits as their peers, healthier school lunches are a vital component in helping to reduce childhood chronic diseases, like diabetes and obesity. Working towards healthier school lunches, the CFA is now igniting a social media campaign with the hashtag #RealSchoolFood, to help bring ...

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Charter School Hubs Boost Students Perception of Health



Bilingual efforts in educating students about the benefits of living a healthy life are changing Colorado (21.3% Latino) charter schools statewide. The Colorado Health Foundation joined up with the Colorado League of Charter Schools to focus on health and wellness in schools. The way the program works is allowing nearby charter schools to collaborate with each other and create "pods" that are more sustainable, Rainey Wikstrom explained to Watchdog. Working in school wellness since 2004, Wikstrom has since then been a leader in increasing healthier school food, physical activity and teacher training for schools in the area. The program creates these hubs of health, allowing up to three charter schools to write a grant together, collaborate with each other and see what models ...

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Growing Vegetables May Encourage More Consumption of Vegetables



If you had grown vegetables as a kid, you might be more likely to eat your greens, reports a new study. The study put on by researchers from the University of Florida interviewed over 1,300 students and found that 30% of those who gardened as a child ate 2.9 cups of fruits and vegetables a day versus those who only may have watched parents garden, eating 2.4 cups of fruits and vegetables per day. "Hands on experience seems to matter," Anne Mathews, UF/IFAS assistant professor told Newswise. Other studies show that Latino kids are more likely to be advertised unhealthy foods and have access to unhealthy fast food and tobacco outlets within walking distance of their schools. Farm-to-school, school gardens, and agriculture or STEM farming in schools may help increase more ...

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New Legislation Supports More Healthier School Food Variety



All kids deserve to have a variety of healthy snack and school food options throughout the day, as most students eat almost more than half of their daily calories at school, but many majority Latino- schools often don't offer as many healthy fresh fruit and vegetables or salads, reports a study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  However, a new legislation within Sacramento, Calif. schools (22.7% Latino) is opening the door for schools to sell a larger selection of healthy snacks that will follow current nutritional standards. The 2016 nutritional standards ensure school snacks must be at or under 200 calories, have no trans fats, have less than 35% weight from total sugars, can be made with whole grains and are limited to less than 230 mg of sodium. Some of ...

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Teens Like To Eat Vegetables When It’s Rebellious


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When did it become cool to eat vegetables? For teenagers, it's when they are fighting injustices and rebelling against the status quo. A new study took place in a school in New Braunfels, Texas (35% Latino) revealing that teens are more likely to choose healthier snacks when they know they are being targeted to eat junk foods. Latino teens are more likely to be targeted for soda and junk food ads. In fact, some students are even targeted by junk food marketing in their own schools! However, the study reveals that if teens know they are being targeted, they are more likely to skip over unhealthy snacks. In the study, two groups of students were given information about healthy eating. One group read about the benefits of a balanced diet while the other group was informed ...

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