Chefs Move to Schools: June 2011 E-Newsletter

Chefs and schools are vital to the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign, and they have been generating excitement about nutritious foods in a number of ways during the school year.

Spotlights

Champions of Change. Six chefs participating in Chefs Move to Schools were invited to the White House on April 22nd as part of the Champions for Change initiative, which highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities.

 
View these Champions of Change videos:
bullet   Cathal Armstrong (Alexandria, Virginia)
bullet   Garrett Berdan (Bend, Oregon)
bullet   Carlin Breinig (Alpharetta, Georgia)
bullet   Timothy Cipriano (New Haven, Connecticut)
bullet   Steven Jayson (Orlando, Florida)
bullet   Cyndie Story (Scottsville, Kentucky)
bullet   Get inspired by these chefs' stories and learn how they are using their expertise to help kids make healthy food choices through Chefs Move to Schools.
 
Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition. Three Chef-School Teams will be competing in a national cook-off competition to determine the Grand Prize winner at the American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Convention in Dallas, Texas on Monday, July 25, 2011.  
Judging Team
As part of the process to determine the finalists, a recipe judging team tastes and evaluates a recipe at a judging event at one of 15 semi-finalist schools. The panel of judges included Ann Hall, USDA Nutritionist; Helen Phillips, president-elect School Nutrition Association; and Rene Marquis, Executive Chef at United States Special Operations Command, member of the American Culinary Federation.
bullet   Visit the Recipes for Healthy Kids website for the announcement of the winners in each recipe category and the winner of the Popular Choice Award.
bullet   Check out the Let's Move! Blog for information about the onsite school judging events for the 15 semi-finalists.
bullet   Try serving one of these recipes at your school during the next school
 
  year. The Recipes for Healthy Kids recipes feature foods that the Dietary Guidelines recognize should be consumed more frequently (whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and beans and peas).
     
MyPlate   USDA unveiled the new food icon, MyPlate. First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Tom Vilsack unveiled the new food icon, MyPlate on June 2nd, 2011. The intent of the icon is to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at mealtimes. It emphasizes the fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. This new icon can help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Check out www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for information, tools, and “how-to” materials about healthy eating. While you’re there, check out the interactive tools, like the customizable Daily Food Plan or Food Tracker.
 
Ways to Heat Things Up
 
While school is winding down for the summer, teachers and school administrative staff are already making plans for the following academic year. Now is a great time to get energized and heat things up during the summer!
       
 
1.   Plan for the upcoming school year by meeting with teachers, school administrators and school food service staff now to plan for educational activities that can be implemented in the Fall.
 
bullet   Strengthen school policies and practices to help your school meet HealthierUS School Challenge award criteria in the new school year.
bullet   Integrate nutrition education in the classroom. View ideas on a featured fruit/vegetable of the month activities, with links to school food service, classroom and home. See which produce are in season as you plan activities.
bullet   Start a school garden and plan gardening activities with children.
bullet   Initiate farm-to-school activities to help children understand where food comes from.
       
 
2.   Participate in the Summer Food Service Program.  Get involved in the Summer Food Service Program, where children can continue to get nutritious meals during the summer months.  Contact your State agency to find a participating school or summer feeding site, and plan some educational or recreational activities with the children.  Organize hands-on cooking activities and “Dine with a Chef” events. Help plan an exciting meal or menu, or volunteer to set-up for a meal service.
       
 
3.   Reach out and form a partnership. To facilitate communication between chefs and schools, we are giving chefs the option to have their e-mail address displayed to the public on the Chefs Move to Schools website.  We have heard from many chefs that they would like for interested schools to be able to contact them.
 
bullet   Chefs, please email us at chefs@ars.usda.gov if you are interested in having your e-mail displayed on the Chefs Move to Schools website.
       
 
4.   Don't miss your chance to receive a free cookware kit! The Partnership for a Healthier America continues to offer free cookware kits to schools matched with chefs. Learn more about this donation opportunity and complete the application. Partnership for a Healthier America
bullet   First, reach out and form a chef-school partnership and announce your match:
Chefs: update your profile and share success stories.
Schools: update your profile and share success stories.
 
Want more ideas?
Join ChefTalk, our e-mail discussion group,
to discuss other ways chefs and schools are working together.

 
 

Thank you for joining Let's Move! We look forward to hearing from you.

-Chefs Move to Schools Team

http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/chefs.html