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SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS f the schools In your district are like most in the united states, there is a good chance that today’s lunch features pizza, hot dogs, chicken nuggets or maybe hamburgers with processed cheese. Is serving these types of foods really in the best interest of our children’s health? common sense says no, as do the statistics, which are startling. “If childhood obesity continues to increase … it could cause our current generation of children to become the first generation in American history to live shorter lives than their parents,” speculates the American heart Association’s 2005 report A Nation at Risk. obesity among children aged 6 to 11 has more than doubled in the past 20 years, while the rate among those aged 12 to 19 has more than tripled, according to the centers for Disease control and Prevention. “Mathematically, you can reach nutrition goals with [fatty, processed foods], but it is clear to all of us that whole, fresh, natural foods are better for our bodies,” says eric Boutin, childnutrition services director for the Auburn (Wash.) school District, whose food service operation is independently run. This epidemic of obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is driving school districts, national food service providers and nonprofit organizations to look outside the deep fryer to find healthy ways to feed today’s students. “It is a challenge to change people’s eating habits. schools need to be persistent in tackling these really tough habits that people are ingrained in. The health of our children depends on it,” explains Barb Mechura, director of food services at hopkins (Minn.) school District, whose food service team prepares meals from scratch. not surprisingly, education is the critical step in fostering this change. even vend36 June/ July 2009 SPECIAL SECTION The New School Lunch As part of a healthier school food movement, food service providers and district administrators find creative ways to provide better meals. By BrIAn D. WAllAce I Fourth- and fifth-graders at Washington Elementary School in the Auburn (Wash.) School District tend an organic garden. Last year, the garden had 45 fruit trees and beds of beans, zucchini and cucumbers, which were used for the school lunch program. ing machines in more than a dozen schools now offer fruits and vegetables due to the healthy Vending program from horizon software. And food service providers such as chartwells, sodexo and ArAMArK are having a national impact on changing the way students eat and think about nutrition. chartwells’ award-winning program Balanced choices teaches students how to make sound choices for a healthy lifestyle. It provides nutrition education and a meal guidance system for students that assists them in making the most nutritious choices—such as eating fruit instead of cookies—when selecting meals, snacks and beverages at school. And sodexo was the first food provider to sign on to the Alli- ance for a healther Generation’s school Beverage and competitive food Guidelines, which means sodexo will only offer age-appropriate portion sizes that limit total calories and supply snacks that have limited saturated fat, sugar and sodium. Stealth Foods 101 Throughout the nation, food service providers have cut down on the amount of processed foods served to students by replacing these items with more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein sources. There is just one problem: Most students hesitate to try new things, and if it’s too healthy, it can be a turnoff. Welcome to District Administration

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - June 2009

District Administration - June 2009
Contents
From the Editor
News Update
Stimulus Monitor
District Profile
Admin Profile
Crisis Response
Tech Disruptions
A Deeper Shade of Green
The New School Lunch
Business Brings Sustainable Lessons to School
A Netbook for Every Student
Vision Videos Empower Students
New Books
How Well Does This Web Site Work?
New Products
Problem Solution
Online Edge

District Administration - June 2009

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