Hoover City Schools Manager named School Nutrition Hero

The national, non-profit School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has recognized Elizabeth Whidden, the Child Nutrition Program Manager at Hoover City Schools (AL), as one of five 2017 School Nutrition Heroes.

The Heroes are nominated by peers and chosen by SNF to represent the many professionals who have dedicated their lives to serving the needs of school children and the community.

Liz began her career in child nutrition in 2011 and was quickly promoted to Child Nutrition Manager thanks to her efforts to create a positive and healthy environment for staff members and children alike. Dedicated to her students, Liz has held a perfect work attendance for the past three years and has earned a perfect Health Inspection Score for her cafeteria. Read more…

Arizona Food Service Director Named 2017 School Nutrition Hero

The national, non-profit School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) has recognized Food Service Director David Schwake, MS, RD, SNS, of the Litchfield Elementary School District #79 (AZ), as one of five 2017 School Nutrition Heroes.

David started multiple initiatives in his district, including a backpack program and the creation of school gardens, along with the support of the local Kiwanis Club. Read more…

Kick off the New Year with Healthy Habits

Parents often look to New Year’s resolutions to inspire better eating habits, but what about the kids – what nutritious habits help influence them?

Children across the country are learning how to make better snack and meal choices in schools with the help of engaging nutrition education programs, from farm-to-school programs and cooking lessons to student taste parties.   Read more…

School lunch tech tools

Following trend of the digital lives of students, more school cafeterias are communicating through mobile apps to relay menu details and nutritional profiles, including special diets info.

In Cincinnati Public Schools, a nutrition app is not only changing how students and parents get meal information, it’s used in classrooms for morning announcements and by school nurses to tally carb counts and manage student allergy needs.

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Focused on fruits and veggies

Focused on getting students to eat and love their fruits and vegetables, Treutlen County Schools, Georgia, has been creative in their approach. At the core, involving students and providing a wide variety have been keys to success.

On the menu in the coming year – everything from kiwi, mango, dinosaur egg pluots, dragon carrots, star fruit, dragon fruit, tri-colored cauliflower, jicama, asparagus, blood oranges, kale, passion fruit and a variety of apples.

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