Schoo l Wellness News
Volume 2, Issue 1 September 2006
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Putting Your School Wellness Policy Into Action:
School Food Service
Beverage Selections to Consider
• FACS, PE, Health
• Teacher Break Room Many schools are making • Replace regular pop with calories to pop.
the move to offer healthy diet pop in vending ma-
beverage options sold in chines. • Avoid selling sports drinks.
school vending machines Sports drink contain signifi-
Included in Issue and ala carte lines. Offer- • Move away from large cant sugar and calories and
ing kids low-calorie and serving containers to are not necessary for nutrient
Walk To School Month 2 nutritious beverages in smaller size servings. replacement during the school
appropriate amounts is a For example, sell 12 day.
Apple Activities for the 2 primary strategy for reduc- ounce canned beverages
Classroom ing childhood obesity. • Consider placing a milk ma-
instead of 20 ounce bot-
tled beverages. chine in your school. The
Apples as your 3
Parents sometimes express milk vended in these ma-
“Healthy Food of the
concern about drinking diet • Sell flavored and plain chines are marketed in bottles
soda because of perceived bottled water. Flavored and flavors that kids like.
Cafeteria Recipe Corner 3 health risks. Diet soda water is quite popular.
pops are safe for kids to • Promote healthy beverage
Fun Apple Facts 3 consume. Sugar substitutes
• Offer juice in 8 ounce or choices in your school!
have been thoroughly stud-
Whole Grains Training 4 smaller serving sizes.
ied for public health safety.
Over consumption of
juice contributes to obe-
There are several strate-
sity. 100% juice and
gies to improve beverage
juice drinks with added
Included in Upcoming sugar contain similar
• What’s new in School Well-
ness National School Lunch Week October 9-13, 2006
• Nutrition education ideas for
If you never have promoted • “Vote for School Lunch “
classrooms • Cool “Vote For School
National School Lunch theme toolkit Lunch” merchandise
• Farm to school programs Week (NSLW) in your dis-
including school gardening • Fun activity sheets for
trict or school before, this is
projects your students
the perfect year to begin!
• School physical activity ini- NSLW is made possible by
• Parent/Student brochure
tiatives to get kids moving
the School Nutrition Asso- • Reimbursable menus
• Recipes and serving ideas for ciation. based on theme charac-
school food service ters
Check out the resources
• Parent articles to use in website: • Access to downloadable
school newsletters www.schoolnutrition.org/ logos for use on menus/
vote newsletters, etc.
Volume 2, Issue 1 September 2006 Page 2
October 4 is Walk to School Day
ties. walkable communities. Walk to
Registered schools gain access to: School activities often become a
catalyst for on-going efforts to
increase safe walking and bicy-
• Badges cling all of the time. A commu-
Celebrate Walk to School Day on October 4, • Certificates nity can choose whether a day,
2006, and promote safe walking and bicy- • Crowns week, month or even a year of
cling throughout the year. • Frequent Walker/Bicyclist Walk to School activities works
Need event ideas to start a Walk to School
Day in your community? Check out the WHY promote walking and
Walk to School site www.walktoschool.org. Walk to School in October is an bicycling?
energizing event, reminding par-
• To enhance the health of
ents and children alike of the sim-
The Walk to School website contains re- ple joy of walking to school. It also
sources for promotional materials (graphics, serves as an opportunity to focus • To improve air quality and
logos, fliers and banners,) educational mate- on the importance of physical ac- the environment
rials, and supplemental classroom activi- tivity, safety, air quality and • To create safer routes for
walking and bicycling
Apple Literature for the Classroom
The Legend of Johnny Appleseed
Other books: An Apple a day by
John Chapman spent nearly 50 years of his Melvin Berger, Apple Tree by Barrie
life in the American Wilderness planting Watts, The Life and Times of the
apple orchards. Chapman died in 1845, but Apple by Charles Micucci, The
even after 200 years, some of his tress still Crooked Apple Tree by Eric Hough-
bear apples. Elementary literature on the ton
life and legend of Johnny Appleseed.
• Aiki. The Story of Johnny Appleseed.
Aladdin, 1987. Creative Writing
• Glass, Andrew. Folks Call Me Apple- Have students interview and docu-
seed John. Doubleday, 1995. ment their parents’ favorite apple
stories, memories and recipes.
• Harrison, David. Johnny Appleseed:
My Story. Random House, 2001. Have students write about how ap-
Worksite Wellness Resource A Fresh Way to 5 A Day: Minnesota Grown Apples
If your school has an employee well- A Fresh Way to 5 A Day: Minnesota Learn about the attributes of Minne-
ness committee, The Minnesota De- Apples materials can be distributed as sota apples.
partment of Agriculture has materials e-mail messages or copied as flyers to
Distribute to school staff delicious
available to promote A Fresh Way to 5 post in work rooms.
apple recipes available from the site.
A Day: Minnesota Grown Apples. Ac-
Download a Minnesota Apple poster
cess promotional materials at
from this website.
Volume 2, Issue 1 September 2006 Page 3
Feature Apples as a local “Winning Healthy Food ”
Reason to eat apples
Apples are an abundant Minnesota • Encourage parents and kids to shop
Grown fruit! Your school can be part for Minnesota grown fruit for fall Apples contain:
of the growing local foods movement. classroom snacks.
• A good source of fiber. Fiber helps
• Promote locally grown apples • Have students gather their favorite maintain steady blood sugar lev-
through taste testing different apple recipes and brainstorm ideas els and may help prevent cancer.
varieties in the classroom or in on how to incorporate apples into the
• A source of potassium, which
the cafeteria. school breakfast and lunch menus.
helps maintain a healthy heart.
• Ask your food distributor to carry • Apples are fun to promote and eat!
• Phytonutrients, antioxidants,
Minnesota grown apple varieties.
iron, calcium, Vitamin C and Vita-
School Food Service Recipe Corner: Apples and Fruit Yogurt Dip
Fruit Yogurt Dip Tips for Serving Apple Slices Storing Apples
160 ounces (5 quarts) plain nonfat • Keep cut apples from • Store in refrigerator—32-36
yogurt, drained turning brown by pouring degrees, 85-95% relative
1 1/4 cups brown sugar 100% apple, orange or humidity.
2/3 cup orange juice concentrate pineapple juice (drained • Keep apples in cartons with lids
2 teaspoons cinnamon from canned pineapple) over closed; keep away from strong-
slices. flavored and ethylene-sensitive
Directions: • For a colorful fruit vegetables. Apples absorb odors,
Combine yogurt, brown sugar, orange alternative, place together a give off odors, and produce
juice concentrate and cinnamon; mix half apple and a half orange ethylene gas.
well. Chill. Serve with sliced apples. and serve in a soufflé cup. • Typical shelf life is 90 to 240 days
The orange prevents the if stored under ideal conditions.
80 Servings apple from discoloring.
Serving Size = 1/4 cup • Cut apples just before Preparation Tip
serving. Wash apples in water the same
Variation: One part ricotta cheese, • Use apples that brown less temperature as the apple to prevent
2 parts non-fat yogurt, drained quickly such as Granny the wax from becoming milky or
Smith apples. cloudy.
Apple Facts for the Cafeteria
• There are 26 Minnesota Grown Apple Varie- • Apples are believed to have originated in
ties. a mountainous area between what is now
• The Honeycrisp Apple is the Minnesota state the Black and Caspian Seas by the coun-
fruit. try Turkey.
• Red fruits like apples help maintain a • About 2,500
healthy heart and memory function. known varieties of
apples are grown
• Apples are best when eaten with the peel as in the United
that is where most of the fiber and antioxi- States and more
dants are found. than 7,500 are
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Editor/Writer: Sara VanO
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Regional Extension Educat
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Regional Whole Grains Training Offered this Fall
Whole Grains: Training Content Training is approved for specialized
training hours to meet School Nutri-
Whole Grains: Keeping Kids from Fal- tion Association requirements. Par-
Keeping Kids ling Short is a training that looks at ways ticipants will receive credit for 3
to increase whole grains in school food ser- hours of specialized training hours
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strategies to integrate whole tion, please contact:
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Whole grains are an important
part of children’s diets. In fact, • What qualifies as a full whole grain or
the recently released dietary partial whole grain
Guidelines for Americans (2005)
and MyPyramid recommend that • Improving the acceptance of whole
most Americans eat at least 3 grains by kids
whole grain servicing daily. To • Fun nutrition promotion ideas for
get this amount of whole grains in whole grains in the cafeteria
children’s diets can be tricky.
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Supplement School Wellness News
5 A Day the Minnesota Grown Way!
Minnesota Apple Word Scramble
This page is the key to the Apple Word Scramble. The next page is the actual game. Note on the game page, the names of all
the varieties are listed at the bottom. Giving the list makes the game easy to play, and perhaps more fun for a family. Or, you
may choose to remove these lines to make the quiz more challenging–you can award prizes based on how many varieties peo-
ple can get.
TASTE ARFI STATE FAIR
AALUP DRE PAULA RED
STUNCHET BRAC CHESTNUT CRAB
DRE NABOR RED BARON
61 TESWE SWEET 16
RIPEAIR KSY PRAIRIE SKY
EDR ISOULICDE RED DELICIOUS
DOLENG ICEIDOULS GOLDEN DELICIOUS
A Word Scramble
of 26 Minnesota Grown Apple Varieties
Rearrange the letters in each group to spell the name of one of Minnesota’s 26 apple varieties.
Then complete the information at the bottom of the page. Good luck!
TASTE ARFI _________________
AALUP DRE _________________
STUNCHET BRAC _________________
DRE NABOR _________________
61 TESWE _________________
RIPEAIR KSY _________________
EDR ISOULICDE _________________
DOLENG ICEIDOULS _________________
Here are the names of the 26 varieties to choose from: FIRESIDE, HONEYCRISP, SWEET 16,
WEALTHY, RED DELICIOUS, RED BARON, ORIOLE, MINJON, GOLDEN DELICIOUS, RED-
WELL, PRAIRIE SKY, MANTET, CHESTNUT CRAB, LAKELAND, CORTLAND, HARALSON,
REGENT, BEACON, DUCHESS, McINTOSH, KEEPSAKE, HONEY GOLD, NORTHWEST-
ERN, STATE FAIR, SPARTAN, PAULA RED.