Greetings,

With school back in session, Schools across the nation have started forming partnerships with interested chefs through the Chefs Move to Schools Program.

If you have already partnered with a chef, please make sure to update your profile on the Chefs Move to Schools website.  Updating your profile tells other chefs and schools who is already working together and allows you to share your learning experiences.  It also helps USDA know which partnerships could be models for best practices and success stories.

If you have not partnered with a chef yet, be sure to keep your school’s profile information updated so that when an interested chef in your area signs up, he/she can contact you.  You may also want to reach out to chefs in your community to help them engage in Chefs Move to Schools. Currently, over 1,800 chefs are signed up. 

A variety of new resources are now available on the Chefs Move to Schools website to identify ways you can best work together to encourage children to make healthy food choices. You can also sign up for Chef Talk- an e-mail discussion group created specifically for chefs and schools working together under the Chefs Move to Schools Program.

Now is a great time to get started as schools are looking for chefs to participate on the recipe development team for the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition (www.RecipesforKidsChallenge.com). 

Recipes for Healthy Kids
USDA is sponsoring this competition to challenge teams of school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, and community members to develop creative, nutritious, tasty and kid-approved recipes that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch menus. 

Winning recipes will increase student’s intake of whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas.  Teams can form today and submissions for the competition are due December 30, 2010. There will be a grand prize chosen by a judging panel as well as a Popular Choice winner based on public voting.  The judges will also choose award winners for the top two recipes in each category. Winning teams will be invited to prepare their nutrition-packed recipes alongside White House chefs.  To recognize and share the culinary creativity nationwide, the top ten recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook to share with students and families.

Also, the Partnership for a Healthier America, an independent 501c3 organization, recently announced that it would like to help schools and chefs get started. Through the generous contributions of several leading cookware retailers,the Partnership is providing 1,000 schools with free cookware kits to be used for cooking demonstrations.  These kits are available only for schools who have matched with a chef, so make sure to update your profile. Once you have made your match, please visit http://www.ahealthieramerica.org/chefs-move-to-schools.html for more information on this donation opportunity.
Partnership for a Healthier America

Thank you for joining Let’s Move! and your efforts to help raise a healthier generation of kids!

Sincerely,
The Chefs Move to Schools Team

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