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Fall Nudge

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California (SLM of CA) Collaborative is pleased to provide the Fall Nudge, in which you will find:
  1. Smarter Lunchrooms in Action!: Bridging the Classroom to Cafeteria
  2. SLM of CA Announcements: California School Nutrition Association Conference; School Lunch: Lots 2 Love

  3. Beyond the Cafeteria: Harvest of the Month, Top Nutrition Trends of 2018, Why Is Breakfast So Important for Students?

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Smarter Lunchrooms in Action!
Bridging the Classroom to Cafeteria

At Roosevelt Elementary in Long Beach Unified School District, John Rivera, Child Nutrition Specialist, and Community Nutrition Adviser from Dairy Council of California enjoyed spending time with the students and Cafeteria Manager Ana Christina Munoz-Aguirre, promoting the school lunch program. John and Candice passed out stickers and talked to students about eating healthfully which included drinking their milk. Students learned that milk builds strong bones for their growing bodies.

School cafeterias are a wonderful resource applying the nutrition information for being taught in the classroom. Try out Dairy Council of California K-12 nutrition curriculum, which aligns with Common Core State Standards and can easily integrate into units on Math, Social Science, Health, Language Arts and Physical Education.
SLM of CA Announcements
Come join us at the California School Nutrition Association Conference November 10. 
Unlock the Chamber of Secrets and find magical solutions to top nutrition trends impacting your school foodservice operation. Join Candice Sainz, SLM of CA Technical Advising Professional from Dairy Council of California; Tiffanie Bas, RDN, Assistant Director of Food Services with Anaheim Union High School District; April Mackill,  Nutrition Services Manager at Plumas Lake Elementary School District; and Parisa Mohammad, MDA, RD, SNS  Nutrition Specialist  with Murrieta Valley Unified School District as they share their powers of parent and child nutrition engagement.

As the Ministry of Magic of Nutrition for Students, it is important to stay abreast of the latest food trends. Muggles, Hufflepuff school foodservice, Ravenclaw vendors and Gryffindor partners are invited to cross dimensions with us as we travel into the latest food movements of abundant food choices, plant-based diets, rapid changes in technology and millennials. Join your fellow Ministers for Magic of Nutrition for Students as they unlock the secrets of traversing the complicated world of food trends to engage their school community in the powers of healthy eating with fiscal integrity.

For more details on the conference schedule click here.
School Lunch: Lots 2 Love
Celebrate National School Lunch Week: October 15-19, 2018

Bring recognition to the National School Lunch Program in your district to help increase student participation. Spread the message that there's Lots 2 Love about the healthy, delicious lunches served at your school. Download, personalize and print School Meals: A Smart and Easy Choice! to educate parents, teachers and administrators about the quality and benefits of your school lunch program.
Beyond the Cafeteria
Harvest of the Month Student Workbook and Teacher Lessons Now Available and Ready for Use!
The new and approved Harvest of the Month (HOTM) student workbooks and teacher lessons were developed to meet the USDA SNAP-Ed standards for evidence-based curriculum. They went through extensive testing with nine intervention classrooms and three comparison classrooms and are now categorized as practice-tested.
  • Target audience is students in 4-6 grades.
  • The lessons are linked to the Nutrition Competencies and Common Core State Standards.
  • Each grade includes six lessons per grade; each approximately 60 minutes to teach.
  • For each lesson, three fruits and three vegetables are featured.
  • The HOTM family newsletter can be distributed with the student workbooks.
To obtain HOTM files download and print here:
To help make healthy eating easy, Dairy Council of California's staff review and analyze various publications that report on nutrition issues to provide education and health professionals with trends in nutrition research, education, policy and communications. One top trend our team observed for 2018.
An abundance of food and beverage choices complicates healthy eating.
Can't join us at the CSNA Conference? Get a trends update here.
Why Is Breakfast So Important for Students?

Starting the day with a healthy breakfast is associated with better health, diet quality, behavior and academic benefits. Skipping breakfast is associated with decreased cognitive performance; lower diet quality; and low intakes of fiber, folate, iron and calcium. Aim to include a variety of foods from at least three food groups for a healthy breakfast. 

Learn about what makes a healthy breakfast and discover numerous breakfast resources here.
Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California's Mission: We empower students to make healthy choices by supporting school communities and transforming cafeteria environments.
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