Schools Achieve Wellness
November 30, 2005 - School nutrition programs nationwide continue to receive favorable attention in the press as they offer more whole grains, lowfat dairy, fruits and vegetables as parts of school lunch. The media also is highlighting the role of school nutrition professionals in the development of local wellness policies. By July 2006, every school district in the country that participates in the National School Lunch Program is required to implement a local wellness policy that sets goals for nutrition education, physical activity and nutrition guidelines for all foods available on school campuses.
- In Selma, Alabama, the Birmingham News featured the new offerings available at Selma High School: “Monday's trays featured a rainbow-colored menu: apple slices, green salad, corn, pizza, carrot sticks…baked catfish and field peas also were available.”
“Selma High ahead of health-food curve,” The Birmingham News, Ala. - November 22, 2005
- In Fallbrook Union Elementary School District in California, the Village News emphasized the healthy lunch and a la carte offerings and the efforts of school nutrition professionals to provide tasty meals that meet nutrition standards.
“FUESD well ahead of nutrition mandates,” Village News Network, Calif. - November 23, 2005
- In Scott County, Iowa, districts are in the process of developing local wellness policies. SNA Member Cindy Jacobsen, foodservice director for Bettendorf Community School District, explained to the Quad City Times that they “began making changes a few years ago by taking out high-sugar and high fat offerings and replacing them with things such as baked chips, nuts and fruit juice.”
“Junking junk food,” Quad City Times, Iowa - November 28, 2005
- Local wellness policies also are making news in Kansas, where SNA member Vicki Hoffman, SFNS, director of district foodservice for Wichita Unified School District, explained the “policy promotes more physical activity and better nutrition to combat childhood obesity.”
“Schools weigh healthier food policy options,” The Wichita Eagle, Kan. – November 29, 2005
- In the southwest, El Defensor Chieftain reported on efforts by the nutrition department at Socorro Consolidated Schools in New Mexico to offer nutritious, high quality meals: “Parkview principal Kim Ortiz said she has been eating school lunches for about eight years and has found them nutritious, filling and well prepared.”
“What's in your school lunch? ” El Defensor Chieftain, New Mex. - November 19, 2005
- Several SNA members were quoted by the Toledo Blade in an article on development of local school wellness policies in the Toledo, Ohio area. Sue Chandler, foodservice director for Bowling Green City Schools said, “The tricky part is that [the wellness policy] has to be measurable so you can tell if it is working."
“Schools try to make grade with menus,” Toledo Blade, Ohio – November 21, 2005