School Meal Guidelines: What’s Changed?

School Meal Guidelines: What’s Changed?

In 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture, which funds and administers the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP), announced significant interim changes to the school meal program guidelines for the 2017-2018 school year. Prior to this, the last major update to the guidelines had been made in 2012, when …

Read More

School Gardens Help Students Grow, in all the Best Ways

School Gardens Help Students Grow, in all the Best Ways

In schoolyards across the country, something wonderful is happening. Students, teachers, parents, and members of the community are coming together to build school gardens. While they are no doubt beautiful, these gardens are so much more than simply “pretty.” They are helping children develop lifelong skills and healthy habits. In a day and age when …

Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Culinary and Nutrition Center

Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Culinary and Nutrition Center

— Springfield Public Schools: School Nutrition Leaders It’s an exciting time for the Springfield Public Schools food service programs. In October, a case study was published that captured the strategies used by Springfield to enhance their school meals and increase breakfast and lunch average daily participation (ADP). In 2016, Springfield had a district-wide lunch ADP …

Read More

When is the Right Time to Serve Dairy Foods to Your Baby?

When is the Right Time to Serve Dairy Foods to Your Baby?

Introducing foods into your baby’s diet is an exciting time in their growth and development. With hundreds of baby food options at the grocery store, as well as mommy blogs and other online resources at your fingertips, deciding what foods to introduce to your baby and when can be overwhelming. When it comes to dairy, …

Read More

Healthful Halloween Night Snacks!

Healthful Halloween Night Snacks!

It’s almost Halloween!   For many children (and adults), October 31st is long-awaited for its spooky festivities and unique traditions. Perhaps the most popular tradition of all, trick-or-treating, has been around for close to one hundred years in the United States. Nowadays, it is common to see grocery stores beginning to stock their shelves with large bags of …

Read More