Nutrition E-Newsletter for October 2010   

The Team Nutrition (TN) e-Newsletter is published periodically to share TN resources developed by USDA and/or by State agencies, and to share ideas for promoting healthy eating and physical activity through Team Nutrition at the State and local levels.

In This Issue

  • Update from Let's Move!
  • Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition
  • News from Team Nutrition
  • Team Nutrition Publications
  • New Materials Developed by States
  • Resources from the Healthy Meals Resource System
Update from Let's Move!
Let's Move  
Presidential Proclamation: National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, affecting children across the nation and changing the countryís overall health and wellness. Building on the momentum of the Letís Move! campaign and highlighting the steps that individuals, families and communities can take to address this issue, President Obama recently issued a proclamation making September 2010 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

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New Chefs Move to Schools Resources
Let's Cook  
More than 2,000 chefs across the country are volunteering their time to help generate excitement about nutritious foods in schools through school gardens, cooking demonstrations, taste tests and more. The possibilities to engage students, teachers, food service staff, and parents in supporting healthy schools are endless.  To date over 1,600 schools have signed up.  New resources are now available.

Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition
Challenge: Recipes for Healthy Kids
Let's Move!, in association with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is challenging school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, parents and interested community members to create tasty, healthy, exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus across the country.

Interested participants should form teams now that include a chef, a school nutrition professional, at least one student currently enrolled in grades 4-12, and at least one parent or community member. Submission Period deadline Dec 30, 2010 5:00 PM EST more information available: http://www.recipesforkidschallenge.com

  News from Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition  
USDA Announces Team Nutrition Training Grants to Improve Health of America's Children
On September 9, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Team Nutrition Training Grants awarded to 19 States to help children develop good nutrition and physical activity habits for healthier lifestyles.

Nearly $5.5 million in funding will support efforts to help elementary and secondary schools applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge, a key component of the First Lady's Let's Move initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation. Team Nutrition Training Grants help States provide schools with nutrition education materials and resources for children and parents, as well as technical assistance and training for school food service providers and communities.

Take the HealthierUS School Challenge!
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Let’s Move!, incorporating the HealthierUS School Challenge into her campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids. At that time, monetary incentive awards became available for each HUSSC award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction. To date, 896 awards have been given to schools in 37 states! Team Nutrition is committed to reaching 1250 schools by June of 2011. Take the HealthierUS School Challenge Today: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/healthierUS/index.html

HealthierUS School Challenge
  Team Nutrition Publications
Fruits and Vegetables Galore  
Fruits and Vegetables Galore
Fruits & Vegetables Galore is a tool for school foodservice professionals packed with tips on planning, purchasing, protecting, preparing, presenting and promoting fruits and vegetables. Use Fruits & Vegetables Galore to help rejuvenate your cafeteria with colorful fruits and vegetables. Dress up your serving line to draw attention to fruits and vegetables to encourage children to make these selections. Solicit the cooperation of teachers by providing them with teaching tools or by supporting their educational efforts. Make your daily meal offerings competitive with other commercial options available to students. Use all these materials to get students excited about eating healthfully.

Order your copy today at http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/library.html!

Tools for Schools

Tools for Schools includes updated versions of the Menu Planner for Healthy School Meals and the Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs in CD format packaged together in a dual mailer that is available to all schools.

The Menu Planner for Healthy School Meals provides recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines that can be implemented in menu planning: serving more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and lower amounts of sugar, saturated and trans fats, and sodium in school menus. It includes valuable information on the different menu planning options, nutrient analysis, keeping menu planning records, and marketing the School Meal Programs in schools.

Tools for Schools

The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs has all of the current information in one manual. You can print the entire manual, individual sections, or just updated pages to insert into your 2001 print copy. The manual includes an introduction, appendixes, and information on Meat/Meat Alternates, Vegetables/Fruits, Grains/Breads, Milk, and Other Foods.

Order your copy today at http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/library.html!

  New Materials Developed by States
Action Guide  
Action Guide for Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies
Connecticut State Department of Education.
The action guide is intended to help local and community child care, early education and afterschool programs establish and implement policies and practices that encourage healthy lifestyles in children.
CHOICE: Creating Healthy Opportunities in Child Care Environments
Contra Costa Child Care Council.
This Tool Kit was created to help child care centers through the process of developing comprehensive written nutrition and physical activity policies.
  Florida Farm to School: Shortening the Distance Implementation Handbook
Florida Farm to SchoolFlorida Department of Education; Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
This Farm to School Handbook is designed to be a reference and informational guide to assist schools in developing and implementing a farm-to-school program. It contains information, resources, and advice that will help you get started or expand an already existing program.
Idaho School Employee Wellness Implementation Guide
Idaho Department of Education.
This guide provides information and resources to implement a successful worksite wellness program for Idaho Schools, and can be adapted for use in other states. The goal of the outlined school employee wellness program is to support individual behavior changes, as well as policy and environmental changes that will promote good health for all staff members.
Idaho School Employee Wellness Implementation Guide
  Move & Crunch Challenge!
Move and Crunch ChallengeIllinois NET Program; Northeastern Illinois University's Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics.
The Move & Crunch Challenge is a fun, innovative event that engages the entire school community. School principals model healthy lifestyle choices and challenge students, parents and school staff to "Move" and "Crunch" their way to wellness, by striving to meet recommendations for physical activity and eating fruits and veggies during a week-long event. Use the Move & Crunch Event Planning Guide and other resources to plan this fun event at your school.
  Resources from the Healthy Meals Resource System
Recipe Database  
Recipe Finder: New Search Features
The HMRS Recipe Finder contains over 750 recipes for school and child care food service professionals. Find standardized recipes, quantity recipes, USDA recipes, recipes from industry and more! The Recipe Finder now features preset searches for the following categories, making searching for new recipes one click away!
Bulletin Board Resources
Help your students and staff learn to make healthful food choices by creating a colorful bulletin board in your child care center, classroom or cafeteria. Use the resources in this section to create a themed display that will make your students and staff stop and look!  Topics include:

  Education and Training Materials Database
Find information for over 1100 materials developed by universities, private industry, and local, State and Federal government agencies for school personnel and others working in Child Nutrition Programs. Each entry includes developer information, publication date, cost & ordering information, and a review of the material.

About USDA's Team Nutrition
Team Nutrition is an integrated, behavior-based, comprehensive plan for promoting the nutritional health of the Nation's children. Team Nutrition uses three behavior-oriented strategies: 1) provide training and technical assistance to help Child Nutrition Program foodservice professionals to prepare and serve nutritious meals; 2) provide multifaceted, integrated nutrition education for children, their parents, and other adults who influence children's behavior; and 3) build school and community support to create a healthy school environment that is conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.

For more information regarding USDA's Team Nutrition and how to enroll your school as a Team Nutrition School, go to the USDA Web site at http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/team.html

What's new on USDA's Team Nutrition Web site? Check it out at http://teamnutrition.usda.gov

Submit your comments and suggestions regarding this Team Nutrition e-newsletter to Desirée Stapley (desiree.stapley@ars.usda.gov)

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