August is ‘Kids Eat Right’ Month

With childhood obesity on the rise, making sure kids eat right and get plenty of exercise is vital.

Parents and caregivers can play a big role in children’s nutrition and health, teaching kids about healthy foods, being a good role model and making sure physical activity is incorporated into each day.

August, which is Kids Eat Right Month™, is a great time for families to focus on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging families to take the following steps:

Shop Smart. To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

Cook Healthy. Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of meals. They will learn about food and may even be enticed to try new foods they helped prepare.

Eat Right. Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day’s experiences with one another. Research indicates that those families who eat together have a stronger bond, and children have higher self-confidence and perform better in school.

Healthy Habits. You can help kids form great, healthy habits by setting a good example. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, choose lower-sodium options, and make at least half the grains your family eats whole grains. For beverages, choose water over sugary drinks, and opt for fat-free or low-fat milk.

Get Moving. Aside from being a great way to spend time together, regular physical activity is vital to strengthen muscle and bones, promote a healthy body weight, support learning, develop social skills and build self-esteem. Kids are encouraged to be active for 60 minutes per day.

Getting kids to eat right can sometimes be a challenge, particularly if they are picky eaters. But experts say that a conversation can help.

“Talk to your children. Learn the foods they like. Teach them about the foods they need for their growing bodies. Find ways together to make sure they have the knowledge and ability to eat healthy and tasty foods at every meal,” says Angela Lemond, registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson.

It may help to consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area to ensure your family is getting the nutrients it needs with a meal plan tailored to your lifestyle and busy schedule.

For more healthful eating tips, recipes, videos and to learn more about Kids Eat Right Month, visit www.KidsEatRight.org.

This August, reevaluate your family’s eating and exercise habits, and take steps to make positive, healthful changes.

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2018 PowerFUEL Summer Meal Sites

School Nutrition Services is pleased to announce the 2018 #PowerFUEL summer meal sites.

Loudoun County Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Meal Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination during the meal service. Meals will be provided on a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

Parkview HS & Briar Woods HS

  • BRK 8:30 AM-9:00 AM Lunch 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
  • July 2nd- Aug 3rd Monday – Friday Closed July 4th

Forest Grove ES, Guilford ES, Rolling Ridge ES, Sugarland ES, Sully ES

  • BRK 8:00 – 8:30 Lunch 12:30 – 1:00
  • July 9th -27th Monday – Friday

Leesburg ES

  • Lunch ONLY 11:00 – 12:00
  • June 18th – August 3rd Monday – Friday

Sterling Public Library Library

  • BRK 10:00 -10:30 Lunch 2:00 – 2:30
  • June 14th – August 3rd Monday – Friday Closed July 4th

Camp Rock (Fields & Heritage) Check schedule below:

  • June 25 Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • June 26 Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • June 27 Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 9    Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 10  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 12  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 13  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 16  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 17  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 18  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 19  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 23  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 24  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 25  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 26  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 30  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 31  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug  6   Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug  7   Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug  8   Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug 13  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug 14  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug 15  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3017), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed for or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

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School Nutrition Wins Big at State Conference

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In March, Loudoun County School Nutrition Services local chapter took home several awards at the School Nutrition Association of Virginia State Conference in Hampton, Virginia. The awards received by Loudoun County members:

  • 100% Membership Award for the central office team.
  • Cow of a Different Color Award for the highest percentage increase for an individual chapter for Virginia.
  • Holy Cow Award for the largest membership increase for an individual chapter in Virginia.
  • Mayra Rosales, School Nutrition Manager at Creighton’s Corner Elementary, received the SNA-VA Marketing Award for her dedication to marketing her program through harvest of the month promotions and the successful cultural night sampling event, where parents, students and administration had the opportunity to test and provide feedback on a variety of culturally diverse vegetarian menu items such as paneer cheese.
  • Cathy Wilson, School Nutrition Manager at Frederick Douglass Elementary, received the SNA-VA Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Award for her efforts to integrate school nutrition into the thriving school garden program at the school. Cathy and her team harvest items with students and work with them to provide taste parties and activities throughout the year.
  • Kirk Dolson, Principal at Park View HS, received the Friends of SNA-VA Award for his tireless efforts to partner in the successful After School Fuel supper program, being a member of the district wellness committee and supporting the new Patriot Patch garden program.
  • School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator, Stefanie Dove, RDN, SNS, received the Helen G. Ward Scholarship to support her educational goals as she is currently completing her Master of Business Administration in Marketing at Liberty University.
  • Rose Custer, School Nutrition Manager at Horizon Elementary, Niki Kanavas, School Nutrition Manager at Dominion Trail Elementary, and Debbie Turner, School Nutrition Manager at Loudoun County High School, each received recognition for their 20 years of service in school nutrition.

There are currently 108 active members in the association who are employed by LCPS School Nutrition. School Nutrition Association of Virginia promotes quality school nutrition programs, provides educational opportunities and affects regulatory and legislative issues concerning school nutrition.

For more information visit www.lcpshealthycafe.org or contact Stefanie Dove, RDN, SNS at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org.

School Nutrition Services Debuts New Vegetarian Items at Creighton’s Corner International Night

Written By: Stefanie Dove, RDN, Marketing Coordinator

Last month, School Nutrition Services partnered with Creighton’s Corner Elementary to take part in their International Night where 400 students and parents were able to sample and rate eight new vegetarian recipes for consideration on the school lunch menu.

These items included a chickpea stew developed by the School Nutrition Manager, Mayra Rosales, hummus, two versions of paneer from Loudoun-based Cuisine Solutions, yellow rice, mushroom quinoa, Thai-style quinoa and a Moroccan vegetable stew. Attendees were asked to complete a survey form so that the results could be calculated.

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The success of the event has allowed School Nutrition to implement some of these vegetarian recipes on the menu this month, with others, being added in the spring. School Nutrition has listed to the feedback from students, parents and the community, and have continuously added more hot vegetarian options for all students each day. If you have a recipe that you feel would be a great addition to the menu, please send the recipe to Stefanie Dove, RDN at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org

School Nutrition Helps Guilford Elementary Introduce PBL Unit

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Written By: Stefanie Dove, RDN, School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator

Last week, School Nutrition worked with the third-grade students at Guilford Elementary to kick off their year-long PBL project. The driving question for this unit is “how can we as young chefs, make healthy choices at school and at home?” Stefanie Dove, RDN and Marketing Coordinator, has collaborated with the teachers at Guilford to guide students with this project through a variety of activities from fruit and vegetable taste tests, recipe writing and development, cooking, and menu planning.

The introduce this project, Willowsford Farm and School Nutrition Services donated produce for all third-grade students, teachers and their parents to sample a variety of seasonal produce. The taste party included: broccoli, purple cabbage, radishes, spinach, carrots, apples, pears, roasted squash and beets. All students tried the items together while discussing the importance of trying new foods and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables to fuel their bodies with essential vitamins and minerals. At the end of the taste party, 10 students were randomly selected to take bags of produce home with them so that they could encourage their families to try new foods as well.

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For more information on this Project-Based Learning (PBL) project or to collaborate on a project or nutrition education activity, please contact Stefanie Dove, RDN at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org

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Putting School Nutrition in the Spotlight at the 1st Annual Regional Garden Summit

Written By: Stefanie Dove, RDN, School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator

On October 14th, 2017, DC Greens hosted the first annual Regional School Garden Summit at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary in Washington, D.C. The goal of the Summit was to nurture the emerging regional network of nonprofits, schools, and government agencies interested in capacity and network building around school gardens by providing a space to learn, share best practices and make new connections. The day consisted of panel discussions covering topics such as innovative school garden program models, sustaining school gardens through public policy and advocacy, growing networks, and collaborative efforts to connect gardens and the cafeteria.

Stefanie Dove, RDN, School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator for Loudoun County Schools Department of School Nutrition, sat on the panel to discuss the ways LCPS utilizes school gardens as educational tools to connect the concepts to school meals. LCPS Cafe also provided copies of their School Garden Toolkit in the gift bags for all attendees. Mark Pankau, Physical Education Teacher at Guilford Elementary, sat on a panel to discuss the importance of growing school garden networks.

In the afternoon, all 75 attendees were provided a lunch that was prepared using ingredients from the school garden. After lunch, attendees were shuttled onto buses where they spent the afternoon touring several school gardens across the district. The summit ended with an evening of networking with other school garden advocates in the region.

For more information on the school garden program in Loudoun County, please contact Stefanie Dove at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org.