Posts Tagged ‘school lunch’

Dairy is Fuel for School

The new school year is in full swing, which means the return to early mornings and after-school activities has families shifting into high gear.  To keep up with the fast pace, it is important for kids to stay fueled throughout the busy day.  Eating breakfast that includes nutrient-rich foods such as milk, cheese or yogurt, puts kids on track to meet recommendations made in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including the recommendation for three servings of low fat or fat free dairy every day for people ages nine and up. (more…)

Fuel Up to Play 60 Makes Positive Changes in Nearly Three-Fourths of U.S. School Districts

As health professionals, thought leaders, schools and parents across the U.S. continue to work together to help ensure a healthy future for our nation’s youth, we now have clear data that shows Fuel Up to Play 60 is making real strides in helping to achieve positive, sustainable changes in the school environment.  Since launching in 2009, Fuel Up to Play 60 has become one of the largest in-school nutrition and physical activity programs of its kind.  (more…)

Flavored Milk Back on the Menu in Cabell County Schools

For many children in West Virginia’s Cabell County School District, the breakfasts and lunches they are offered at school are their main meals of the day.  So when flavored milk was removed from the schools’ lunchrooms last year, students not only lost a school menu favorite, but also access to a valuable source of nutrients—nutrients they might not be receiving at home. (more…)

(Guest Post) Power Up Your Lunch with Milk!

This is a guest post written by Chere Bork, RD, a National Speaker, Media Spokesperson, Registered Dietitian and Wellcoach® faculty member who empowers people with the 5 key ingredients for savory living – purpose, energy, balance, happiness and health.  To learn more about Chere, check out her full bio here.

It’s the age-old question parents ask when packing lunch for their kids, “How can I prepare lunch that is nutritious and tastes great, too?”  As we settle into the New Year, let’s look to MyPlate to refresh some great lunch-packing tips that will make both kids and parents happy. (more…)

This School Year, Resolve to Make Nutrition a Priority

It’s hard to believe, but my son started school last week. To welcome in the new school year and celebrate nutrition as key to his success in learning, we’ve set New School Year Nutrition Resolutions.  Take a look and feel free to adopt them for your own family or share them with your patients, colleagues and peers.


Why Flavored Milk is a Nutritious Choice for Children

Have you been asked as a health professional to take a stand on whether or not flavored milk should be removed from a school?  With a national focus on improving children’s nutrition and health, some school districts have eliminated flavored milk as a choice for students based on the concern that it contributes to childhood obesity.


Talking Flavored Milk with AAP’s Dr. Robert Murray on “AgriTalk”

On Tuesday, I was fortunate to be able to join Dr. Bob Murray, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Council on School Health on yesterday’s episode of “AgriTalk” (we start at around the 11:35 mark). We were invited to discuss the current debate surrounding healthy school lunches and the important role flavored milk plays. We discussed the nutritional contributions low-fat and fat-free flavored milks make to school meals. It’s why many health organizations, including AAP, have agreed that when you can ensure kids are getting essential nutrients through just a few additional calories, it’s definitely a worthwhile trade. Listen in!


The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010: Raising the Bar for Child Nutrition

This is a guest post written by Bridget Swinney MS, RD, LD. Bridget is an award-winning author of Eating Expectantly, Healthy Food for Healthy Kids and Baby Bites and the founder of As a nutrition consultant in Texas, she works with children who are nutritionally at risk; she is also a media representative for the Texas Dietetic Association. She writes her own blog, Baby Bites. She is the mother of two and has volunteered with her local school district for more than 15 years, most recently serving as chair of the School Health Advisory Council. Bridget is a member of National Dairy Council’s Child Nutrition Speaker’s Bureau.

In the health and nutrition department, it was a very good few months for America’s children. In December, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, also known as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill, into law. Last month, the USDA fulfilled one of the tasks set forth in the bill: proposing a rule for changes to the nutrition standards for school meals—the first update in more than 15 years.


Making a Difference in Child Nutrition

Thanks to everyone who attended our child nutrition webinar last week!  About 650 health and nutrition professionals joined National Dairy Council (NDC) for “Making a Difference: How Health and Nutrition Professionals Can Help Improve Child Nutrition.”  An expert panel presented an environmental perspective on childhood obesity, as well as highlighted programs and initiatives that are making a difference in fighting the epidemic.  We were joined by Nutrition for the Future’s Dayle Hayes, MS, RD; Action for Healthy Kids’ (AFHK) Sarah Titzer, MHA; School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) Helen Phillips, SNS; Fuel Up To Play 60’s Nancy Sandbach, MS, RD; and National Dairy Council’s Tab Forgac, MS, RD, LD, SNS.  You can listen to the audio from the webinar here and review CPE information here.  Remember, we are offering 1.5 CPE credits from ADA for viewing this webinar live or online!


Fuel Up to Play 60 and the AllyKatzz Tween Girl Summit

Dottie Ryan RD, LDN is a registered dietitian with more than 30 years experience in clinical dietetics and nutrition education. She is currently serving as a Program Director for the Southeast Dairy Association. Prior to coming to work for the Dairy Association, she was employed as the Chief Clinical Dietitian for an acute care hospital in New Jersey.

On October 10th, I had the pleasure of joining the Fuel Up to Play 60 team at the first ever AllyKatzz Tween Girl Summit in Washington, D.C. to speak to both tweens and parents about child health and wellness and how our exciting in-school Fuel Up to Play 60 program is here to help!

AllyKatzz Summit

Approximately three hundred tween girls from around the country as well as experts, politicians, celebrities, athletes and more attended this one day event, hosted by AK Tweens, the nation’s leading tween girl research firm and, the country’s largest COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant tween girl social networking site and one of Fuel Up to Play 60’s social media partners.

It was amazing to interact with this group of girls and see for myself their interests and attitudes as well as their leadership capabilities. The girls were given the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions on a range of subjects including body image and health, while parents learned about issues facing tweens today. The girls specifically called for positive messages about eating, challenging all of us to continue talking about balanced diets, not necessarily restrictive ones.

Erika Whitman, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics at the University of Notre Dame, and I spoke to parents for about thirty minutes about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity and gave them tips for everyday life. The parents were extremely engaged, reinforcing our outreach efforts to parents.

My favorite part of the day was interacting with the tween girls at our Fuel Up to Play 60 lunch-time kick-off and exhibit booth. During the kick-off, Erika, three Redskins Cheerleaders, two of our student ambassadors and I spoke in front of the girls about the program and how they can get involved. The Redskins Cheerleaders really got the crowd excited when they led the girls in a Fuel Up to Play 60 cheer.

Returning from my trip, I am thrilled about our partnership with AllyKatzz and am honored to be a part of their AllyKatzz Summit. This was an incredible event filled with positive energy and “can-do” attitudes.