And so 2010 begins…
"Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to. " ~Bill Vaughn
"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day" ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce
"People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas" ~Anonymous
What are you looking forward to working on in 2010? For some of us, we could print off copies of our resolutions from a few years back and just change the year…but I hope we have some new things we are going to try. Let us encourage one another in our resolutions and new efforts.
We welcome new Team Nutrition and Training Coordinator Mary Kirk to Child & Adult Nutrition Services. Mary has extensive grant management experience from her work with Head Start.
We continue to receive questions about whether or not agencies need to meet the special diet requests of enrolled children and occasionally receive reports from families that the administration or food service personnel do not see this as a requirement. Be sure to call the office if you have questions. We want to be sure the children are in a safe environment when in our care and that we are doing as much as we can to ensure that safe environment.
A group of folks involved in various aspects of health has been gathering to update the Healthy South Dakota plan. You can see the plan, its goals, and other great pieces of information on the http://healthysd.gov website. The Get Fit in 150! Healthy Challenge is currently the home page and a good article on reading labels. There are also tabs for many different groups by age or place with up-to-date information.
Looking ahead you know that March is Nutrition Month – what’s on your plate for that month? That also includes School Breakfast Week and Child & Adult Care Food Program week. Nutrition Institute will be coming in June – yes, warmer days are coming and we will be wishing it was cooler….but maybe not this much cooler! It’s time to start those plans.
May the very best day of your past be the worst day of your future. – Kaplans’ Cheers
On- Site Monitoring Review to be completed by February 1st:
All schools and agencies serving National School Lunch meals, that have more than one building or site where meals are served, are required to complete an On-Site Monitoring worksheet for each serving site by February 1st. The purpose of performing the monitoring worksheet is to ensure the accuracy of meal counts and daily procedures. At the present time on-site monitoring is not a breakfast program requirement but is encouraged as a good business practice. Be sure that meal counts are taking place at the end of the serving line after students have had the opportunity to walk past the all required menu components including the milk cooler and salad bar. Be sure there is a designated and trained meal count person stationed at the end of the serving line doing a point of service meal count. The meal count cannot simply be an attendance count; it must be counting reimbursable meals. A classroom count is not an acceptable meal count method as it does not allow for a “point of service” meal count. Be sure the meal count person understands what the SFA has chosen to implement for the “Offer versus Serve” option for each grade level. For guidance, refer to the SFA’s Child Nutrition Program Agreement, Part 3, page 3.
Authorized Representatives should refer to NSLP Memo number 52.1 for the instructions and worksheet to be used for each serving site visit. The memo contains two attachments. Attachment 1 must be completed annually by February 1st for SFA’s with multiple serving sites. Attachment 2 does not have a mandatory deadline but reviews a combination of food service concerns. The completed attachments should be filed with yearly records and kept on file for the current school year and the next three succeeding years.
NSLP Memo #52.1 can be quickly assessed by clicking on the following link: http://doe.sd.gov/oess/cans/docs/nummemo/OnSiteMonitoringLunch
Verification Summary Report 742SD Due February 1st:
If you have not already submitted the Verification Summary Report 742SD, February 1st is the deadline for school food authorities (SFAs) to submit the report to Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS). The 742SD reporting form is the last page of NSLP Memo #51.2. The memo can be located on the CANS website at http://doe.sd.gov/oess/cans/nslp/formsdocs.asp.
All (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) must report their verification activity and results to the state agency. CANS must report the SFA level data to the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) of USDA in March. The data collected enables the state agency and FNS to better understand certification errors and to improve oversight and technical assistance activities. The goal is to ensure that free and reduced-price subsidized meals are provided only to eligible children.
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children. Each year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA) helps schools to celebrate NSBW with a fun theme – this year it is “School Breakfast Ready Set Go!” March 8 -12, 2010, is the designated week to celebrate and promote school breakfast.
Numerous government and private research studies have demonstrated that a significant portion of students do not eat breakfast on school mornings. Studies have proven that a hungry child struggles to learn. Eating breakfast, either at home or at school, has a very positive impact on performance. Students who eat breakfast have higher academic scores, improved behavior and fewer trips to the nurse’s office.
That’s the spirit behind the 2010 National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) theme. The theme illustrates that a nutritious breakfast not only makes a child ready for a day at school, but ready for anything and everything! Breakfast gets children “ready, set, go” to be their best and learn, play, run or dream.
Due to the very informative and interactive link listed below, CANS no longer prepares a NSBW booklet mailing. The link will take you to the School Nutrition Association’s website for this year’s guidance for promoting the special week.
You will find information to help promote and expand School Breakfast Programs as a way of supporting positive outcomes for children. Many of the materials included on this site are designed to be customized. You can download PowerPoint files, information sheets, letters, and marketing materials and modify them to suit your specific needs.
Also reference the April 2009 issue of School Nutrition magazine for pictures and stories of how schools can promote National School Breakfast Week.
Child Nutrition Institute 2010
The 46th annual South Dakota Child Nutrition Institute will be held June 20-June 25, 2010 in Sioux Falls at the Augustana College campus. Registration information is being sent to foodservice directors mid January.
All tracks are:
All tracks have a size limit and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. In order to guarantee your enrollment, complete the registration form and send in your payment as soon as you can! Online registration is not available this year.
The Early Bird registration fee is $195.00 per person if registration form and payment are received by April 30 2010. The regular registration fee for registrations received between May 1, 2010 and May 28, 2010 is $235.00 per person. The deadline for registration is Friday, May 28, 2010.
Track 5 will once again be open to child nutrition professionals who have completed Tracks 1-4, and to any school staff (teachers, principals, superintendents, nurses) involved in health, wellness, and/or involved with local school wellness policies. Participants will learn skills and gain information to help them improve the nutritional environment at their school or agency. DOE Renewal credit is being offered.
Track 6 is again a “build your own” track this year. You must have completed Track 1-4 in order to register for this track. Participants will choose 2 of 4 course options. Options include
All Track 6 students will be taking a 10 hr. Menu Writing course in addition to choosing 2 of the 4 topics listed above.
Baking will be offered this year. We must have 10 participants in order to offer the class. The main emphasis will be on whole grain products. One major change to this track is that the curriculum will not include any kind of cookie, cake, or dessert type recipes.
Computer Skills will be offered this year. We must have 10 participants in order to offer the class.
NEW!! This year!! One and a half day option
ABC's of CNP
A 10 hr. course will be offered for Superintendents, Authorized Representatives, Principals, and Food Service Directors (who have completed Tracks 1-4 or have had comparable instruction.) This ten hour session will be offered on Thursday, June 24 and Friday June 25th.
Topics to be covered include:
Access to Child Nutrition Programs, Annual Agreement Information, Regulation Information (Including CRE Requirements, Claims information, October Data Survey, Verification Process, Oversight of programs) Procurement & Food Storage, Contracting for Food Service, Reauthorization Status, Local Wellness Policies, USDA Programs administered by Child & Adult Nutrition Services including School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program, USDA Donated Food—including Net Off Invoicing.
Be watching your mailbox for the 2010 newsletter and registration information!! Don’t miss this chance for a great educational opportunity!!
The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) Library
The NCCIC Library collection contains over 20,000 summaries and availability information for published documents of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers and other members of the child care community. Links to full-text publications about child care and school-age issues are provided when available. If you go to their library search page you can search their library resources whenever you would like. The NCCIC Library can be found at:
The 2009-12 issue of Mealtime Memo for Child Care, the monthly newsletter that includes menus, recipes, and activities related to child care, is now online. In this issue of Mealtime Memo you will find information on how to handle special diet requests, how to recognize common symptoms associated with food allergies, and how to use the most common methods of texture modification.
Special Diets - Where Do We Start?
by Laura Byrns, R.D., Program Specialist, Nutrition Services, Nebraska
Balance, variety, and moderation. These key words are used by dietitians and nutritionists when describing a healthy diet for adults. These three key words also describe a healthy diet for children. Balance means eating enough, but not too much, of any one food or food group. Eating a variety of foods provides energy and a variety of nutrients. Children need the same nutrients as their parents do only in different amounts. Moderation promotes health now and in the future. Like adults, children above the age of two years should receive no more than 30 percent of calories from fat and no more than 10 percent of total calories from saturated fat. The Food Guide Pyramid is a guideline for healthy eating designed for children aged two or more, as well as for teens and adults. The pyramid is flexible enough for everyone, even the food preferences of children.
For the menu planner, having a wide variety of foods is probably the most difficult and challenging task. Serving a wide variety of foods ensures adequate nutrition by providing the energy, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber needed for good health. Not only does no one food group provide all of the nutrients we need, no one food within a food group provides all of the nutrients we need. So it is important to include a wide variety of foods when planning meals and snacks. Balance and moderation are achieved by following the guidelines set forth regarding number and size of servings that are required to meet the standards for minimum quantity served.
Contrary to popular belief, many kids like trying new things. According to Elaine Moquette-Magee, master of public health and registered dietitian, if there is something unusual about it, like a silly shape or strange color or texture, kids are willing to try it. Some children even really like salads and vegetables. No matter what their age, kids love to eat with their hands. Finger foods can be a fun way to get children to try new foods and to add a twist to a familiar food.
The introduction of a new fruit or vegetable provides an opportunity to learn. Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors, textures, sizes and shapes. While serving a new fruit or vegetable have one available to talk about. Let the kids touch the food and talk about how it feels, relate the shape to other things in their environment, talk about the where the fruit is grown and how growers get it to market or how it is bought, stored, and prepared in your facility. Discuss the color and how it changes during the growing period. Sparking children's curiosity will increase their willingness to try new foods.
Snack time provides the perfect opportunity to experiment with a variety of foods. Children's tastes are different than adults. Children enjoy natural flavors so adjust seasonings to children's tastes. Many younger children prefer plain, unmixed foods. Salt, fat and sugar should be used in moderation. Make snack a pleasant time and involve the children. Make sure that each child is served a reimbursable snack.
Getting Kids to Try Something New
Snack Ideas to Add Variety
As the menu planner you should taste combinations of foods. Not all foods go together like bean dip and tortilla chips, cheddar cheese and apples, or milk and cookies. For example orange slices because of their acidic nature may not taste good with milk or yogurt but would be fine with graham crackers. Be creative! Use your imagination! The variety that you can add to the snacks you serve is limitless.
Mary Kirk Joins CANS Staff
Hello, my name is Mary Kirk. I am excited about joining the CANS team assuming the duties of Amy Richards, working with the Team Nutrition Grant. I graduated from the University of Rio Grande in Ohio with a Degree in Education and Sociology. I am married and have two grown daughters. No grandchildren yet.
I have lived in Pierre for 30 years. For the past 28 years I worked for the Oahe Child Development Center Head Start Program as Director and Executive Director. In that position I enjoyed working with the CANS staff to develop our program application and mini grants. I look forward to meeting and working with you in the future.
Happy New Year!
We are ready to hit the New Year running hard. Those schools interested in working with the new way of doing business, Net Off Invoicing (NOI), will be meeting in Chamberlain on January 11th. For more information please contact Sandy Kramer at Yankton School District or Gay Anderson at Brandon Valley School District. We will be looking at what schools would like to have ordered for the 2010-11 school year for NOI and for brown box. USDA will be implementing a new way for the state to order the USDA Foods (commodities) entitlement. We will be using the old way for the 2010-11 school year and need to have the orders placed by January 22nd to make sure all orders will comply with the new system when it is ready. If you have any requests for product, e-mail Mark prior to January 14th and I will try to keep them in mind when compiling the order.
“Over prepare, and then go with the flow.” By Regina Brett
Three South Dakota schools and one school district have been selected as winners of Governor Rounds’ Healthy School Awards.
Each will receive a $5,000 award. This year’s winners are Knollwood Elementary School in Rapid City, Mitchell Middle School, Mitchell High School and Brandon Valley School District.
“The Governor’s Healthy School Awards provide recognition for leadership in the area of school health,” said Kari Senger, co-director of the Coordinated School Health Program, which oversees the award process. “These schools are taking very thoughtful, calculated steps to improve the overall health of their students and school community, and we commend them for their efforts.”
According to Senger, winning schools are chosen for their efforts in areas such as health education, physical education, family and community involvement, school-based nutrition programs, health services, healthy school environment and counseling services.
One of Brandon Valley School District’s initiatives included a health fair that drew 1,600 people. It included a volleyball game between school administrators and the high school volleyball team. Staff also participated in a dance competition. Food vendors were available to show families what new and healthy items are available through the school lunch program, and parents and students provided input for future menu items.
At the Mitchell Middle School, students participated in taste tests, which have resulted in the addition of kiwi, strawberries, grapes, grapefruit, pears and spinach to the regular menu.
Governor Rounds’ Healthy School Award winners are chosen at four levels: elementary school, middle school/junior high, high school and school district. In addition to the cash prize, winners receive a banner to display at their schools.
Finalists for the awards receive a plaque. The year’s finalists are Arlington Elementary School, Colman-Egan Middle School, Colman-Egan High School and Eureka School District.
Programs that support student learning outside of school time may apply for 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.
21st Century Community Learning Center grants are designed to strengthen after-school, Saturday and summer programs that support student learning and development and help students meet performance standards in core academic subjects such as reading and mathematics. The grants help schools, nonprofits, and other community-based organizations provide activities that complement or enrich regular academic programs for students attending high-poverty schools or schools identified for school improvement.
In order to qualify for the grants, the applicant must serve school districts in which 40 percent or more of the students qualify for free and reduced meals. This is a grant for after-school and other programs that take place outside of regular school time.
Applications are available online at http://doe.sd.gov/oess/21cent/appprocess.asp. Applications must be received by February 19, 2010. For more information, contact Sue Burgard, South Dakota Department of Education, at (605) 773-5238 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Fit in 150! Healthy Challenge
(From the Healthysd.gov website)
Being physically active is one of the most important steps that South Dakotans of all ages and abilities can take to improve their health. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes, such as reducing the risk for developing high blood pressure, diabetes, colon cancer, and death from coronary heart disease. Physical activity also helps control weight, reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, and improves overall quality of life.
Why 150? Recent federal guidelines recommend adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or an equivalent mix of both. This challenge will help you do just that! Add up your minutes daily, and throughout the week striving for at least 150 minutes of physical activity, making sure you exercise in 10 minute minimum increments.
The Get Fit in 150! Challenge will be held January 15 - February 15. You can join the friendly competition as individuals or as a team of family, friends, neighbors or co-workers. Sign-up begins now. The Challenge is web-based and each participant needs their own email address to participate. To encourage your participation, all participants will receive a HealthySD stocking hat to keep warm when being physically active this winter! At the end of the challenge, 10 randomly selected participants will also receive snow shoes at the end of the challenge.
Working on Wellness (WOW) 2010 Winter Newsletter
The winter issue of the Working on Wellness (WOW) Newsletter from the SD Department of Health is now online. Check it out at http://healthysd.gov/Workplace/PDF/WOW-WINTER2010.pdf.
In the Winter issue:
Activate Your SD Winter
BeFreeSD-Did You Know?
Recipe for the Winning Difference
1 cup of enriched Caring
1 cup of fortified Motivation
3 cups of undiluted Support
1 heaping cup of Program Knowledge at room temperature
A generous sprinkling of Hugs
Cream together Caring and Motivation. Add in Support and Program Knowledge. Knead gently and roll into desired shapes. Sprinkle with Hugs. Serves Millions!
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