Subject: Nutrition Connection Newsletter, September 2016

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Nutrition Connection: News, Education, Resources + More
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Fuel Up to Play 60 Opportunities for Schools + Students
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Looking for a fun, free way to enhance your classroom nutrition lessons and encourage physical activity among students? Want to provide leadership and scholarship opportunities for students as well? 

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives. FUTP60 offers sweepstakes and scholarship opportunities for Student Ambassadors, training for program advisers and even money for schools!

While there are activities for many grade levels, FUTP60 is a perfect complement to Exercise Your Options for middle school students.
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California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative Webinar
Good Food + Active Bodies = Healthy Kids Equipped for Success
Resources for Assessing the Quality of School Health Policies and Practices, and Improvement Plan Implementation

In light of new assessment requirements for local school wellness plans, gain a working knowledge of how to use the Action for Healthy Kids School Health Index. This online assessment tool helps schools identify the the strengths and weaknesses of a school’s health policy. 

Register here for the third webinar in the 2016 School Wellness Webinar Summer Series, scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 10-11:15 am PDT. 

The California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative webinars are hosted by the California Department of Education on behalf of the California Department of Social Services, UC CalFresh, California Department of Aging and Catholic Charities of California. 
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Prevent Food Waste During Hunger Action Month
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By some estimates, nearly 40 percent of edible food in the United States is wasted while one in seven Americans struggles to get enough food to eat. 

Since September is Hunger Action Month™, check out USDA's Team Nutrition free booklet on tips to prevent food waste. Consider sharing tips with school staff, parents and even students.

Check out these additional ideas for combating food waste at home as well.

How does your school address food waste? Let us know on our Facebook
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CDC Supports Healthy Eating in Schools With New Framework
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its framework for the school nutrition environment. Pictured at left, the framework includes seven components that work together to have a positive impact on students' access to healthy foods and beverages at school.

School health and nutrition professionals, administrators, teachers and parents are invited to review the framework and incorporate its concepts into Local School Wellness Policies and training to create a nutrition environment that supports students in making healthy choices.
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Funding Available! Grants Help Cities Combat Hunger 
Kids who learn nutrition in the classroom make healthier choices in the school cafeteria. Learn more at
Get a jump on Summer 2017. Less than 20 percent of California children and youth who enjoy a free or reduced lunch during the school year take advantage of free meals available over the summer. Children shouldn't go hungry just because school is out of session. 

City agencies and elected leaders have a chance to partner with existing meal providers or start/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 (CHAMPs) funding opportunity.

Through support from the Walmart Foundation, the National League of Cities (NLC) and Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), cities in California, Kansas and Alabama are encouraged to apply for up to $40,000 in grant funding for children to be healthy and academically prepared.

NLC and FRAC, in partnership with the California Summer Meal Coalition, will provide support and guidance to cities in each of these states to enhance city support for the USDA's Summer Food Service Program Meal and At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program.
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Factor In Healthy Students: Compliance Calculator Now Available
Federal requirements plus state-specific laws mean figuring out whether a food or beverage meets nutrition standards for California can be challenging to say the least. 

To make life easier for school foodservice directors, parents or others looking to sell or distribute food in California schools, California Project LEAN has updated its California Competitive Food Standards Compliance Calculator

The updated calculator will provide information on whether or not a product meets the nutrition standards to be eligible for sale in elementary, middle or high schools. 
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Plant Some Seeds! October is National Farm to School Month
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Plan ahead to make a classroom to cafeteria connection in October during National Farm to School Month.This year's theme, One Small Step, highlights simple ways teachers, parents, cafeteria staff and community members can get involved. 

Here are some of our favorite resources and opportunities to take One Small Step toward a classroom to cafeteria Farm to School connection in October:
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Budget-Friendly Meals: MyPlate Tips From USDA
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Hunger Action Month is a great time to examine your food budget. Take time to check the local newspaper, online and at the store for sales, coupons and specials to cut food costs.

More family meal resources, recipes and online tools are available at
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