Subject: Nutrition Connection Newsletter, October 2016

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Nutrition Connection: News, Education, Resources + More
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Here We Grow Again! See You at the CSNA Annual Conference
School Nutrition Association
Thanks to some spectacular media coverage this fall, including these great articles about healthy changes at Orange County and Long Beach cafeterias, the state of school foodservice is on the upswing. 

Celebrate these positive changes and learn more ways to improve school cafeterias at "Here We Grow Again," the 64th annual California School Nutrition Association Conference in Anaheim, November 10–13. Visit the CSNA website to register for this informative event. 

In addition to exhibiting, Dairy Council of California is presenting at a number of sessions:
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Food Labels and Sustainability: The Changing Landscape of School Meals
  • If You're Not at the Table - You're on the Menu: Support Your Wellness Policy Through Local Control and Accountability Plans
  • Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Certified Technical Advising Professionals–Parts A and B"
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Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Framework Unveiled by CDC
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Expanding beyond the school nutrition framework unveiled last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model to augment its whole child framework and strengthen learning and health in our nation’s schools. 

School health and nutrition professionals, administrators, teachers and parents are invited to review this expanded model and the Virtual Healthy Schools interactive tool to explore how CDC models and resources can be incorporated into Local School Wellness Policies and training to create a learning environment that supports students in making healthy choices.
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California Cities + Schools Go for Green! 
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Grant dollars available for child nutrition programs related to schools and communities! 
  • California cities, as well as those in Alabama and Kansas, can apply for $40,000 to start or expand city meal programs to advance the health and development of their community through the Cities Combating Hunger Through the Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs funding opportunity. Proposals are due December 14, 2016. The National League of Cities and the Food Research and Action Center, in partnership with the California Summer Meal Coalition, will provide support and guidance to those eligible and funded cities.
  • Farm to School Support! USDA is awarding around $5 million to support access to local food in schools, including school-based summer and afterschool meal programs and school-sponsored community sites. Grant categories include planning, implementation, support and training, with dollar amounts varying from $10,000 to $100,000. Learn more at USDA's Farm to School grant page. 
  • Ding, ding, ding! Breakfast after the Bell school food access programs support equity, health and academic success by providing more students access to essential, nutritious meals. California Food Policy Advocates and the California Department of Education are preparing a request for school breakfast grant applications in January 2017, with grants to be awarded in July 2017 for a two-year period (school years 2017–18 and 2018–19). Breakfast After the Bell Grants of up to $15,000 per school site and $150,000 per district will be awarded. 
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A Closer Look at Eat Move Win Lesson One 
Fit Even With High BMI
High school teachers, check out our new online program, Eat Move Win. Grab your students’ attention using technology with this free, easy-to-use five-lesson nutrition education program. 

Lesson one includes an interactive "Kahoot" game and a Health Alert about the benefits and limitations of BMI. The program teaches USDA MyPlate (which replaced MyPyramid) and the basic principles of nutrition while aligning to the following:
  • Health Education Content Standards for California Schools
  • Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Schools
  • Common Core State Standards Anchor Standards for Science, History, and Technical Subjects
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Who Moved My Nutrition Education Resources?
Classroom Teacher Programs
With changing room assignments and even co-teaching arrangements, we understand that it may be difficult for educators to keep track of teaching materials from one year to the next. If you've changed rooms or simply misplaced some resources for your classroom nutrition education lessons, there's good news.

In an ongoing effort to "go green," many resources for Dairy Council of California classroom nutrition education lessons are now available online!

Log on to and access the Teacher's Guides for Building a Healthy Me!, Shaping Up My Choices, Nutrition Pathfinders fourth and fifth grades and Exercise Your Options. Online teacher guides for Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! first and second grades are currently in development. 

Food pictures are also available online, as well as transparencies for Shaping Up My Choices and Nutrition Pathfinders fourth and fifth grades

Remember to order new workbooks for your students every year. 
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Healthy Food for Healthy Children, STAT!
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Health care partnerships, specifically with hospitals, can have a profound impact on children's health. Yet few hospitals have stepped up to serve as summer meal sites. The potential is tremendous! 

Local health care institutions interested in playing an important role in reducing food insecurity over summer months can learn more by listening to a recent Food Research and Action Center webinar recording and accessing a health care institution summer meals implementation guide and expert Q+A with links to a South Carolina case study.
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Focus on Fruit at Breakfast: MyPlate Tips From USDA
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Top your cereal and milk with bananas or raisins. Or mix fruit with plain, fat-free or low-fat yogurt.

More healthy eating tips, resources, recipes and online tools are available at
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