CREATING hEALTHY KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND BELIEFS in schools
How is it almost March 2019?...
No worries! We have not strayed from our mission. We are still here plugging away to help schools strengthen their wellness policies and serve up great healthy messages (along with tasty meals). Stay tuned as we work to serve you in a better, easier and more efficient way. Everyone has come so far, but there is more work to be done on the school nutrition scene. We applaud your efforts and will continue to push the needle forward.
Here we go!
Wanted to share this! Well said!
Lunch ladies are heroes!
You all make such a difference.
Recently, a co-worker was “living” her latest and greatest detox/cleanse in the school district office…
I only know this because another co-worker came into my office to vent about this person’s “getting everyone around her involved” effort. She was tired of hearing about it. I listened and recalled a recent chat I had with the “cleansing worker” talking to me about her daughter’s 8th grade friend who seems to be presenting with an eating disorder (30# weight loss, controlling food intake, etc…).
This was the perfect set up for this morning when the “cleansing worker” stopped by my office to tell me that she was off her cleanse over the weekend and ate everything in sight.
What to say? Just listen? …
How does this fit into being a school RDN? Plain and simple, we have to do a better job getting healthy information out to our school communities. Healthy Stuff. Mind. Body. Plain and simple, right?!
Any other RDN’s able to relate? How do you handle these situations? Feel free to pm me.
Photo is from Praiano, Italy. My daughter is studying in Granada, Spain this semester. Some of our family met up with her to travel a bit. Food was a big part of the experience! Right?! Right.
late addition from lemond nutrition (we agree whole-heartedly):
Wow! March. Already!
Apologies for the blog neglect! Don’t worry, we weren’t on break; still forging ahead!
This speak to us.
“….extracurricular education—one that focuses on skills beyond standardized testing and rankings—creates passionate citizens who are spring-loaded for citizenship…”
If you know me, I am always chatting and promoting school cafeterias as being an extension of the classroom; extracurricular education!
We strongly feel that meals/nutrition are part of that extracurricular full education. Don’t you agree?
No matter the politics, I believe we are all proud and inspired by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Furthermore, I think we can all agree on the positive life-long impact school meal programs have on our youngsters.
Just in Time!
An easy Thanksgiving idea.
Have guests write on pumpkin what they are thankful for! Whether you are a guest or a host this Thanksgiving, Thankful Pumpkin is great for all ages!
"...No one ever started a revolution from staying quiet and following the status quo…"
Our recent happenings that relate to above thought:
Local Farm and School Garden Field Trips
Food Composting Efforts and Partnerships
Endorsed Eats Concept (stay tuned)
Collaborating with Nutrition Students from Kenya and Mongolia
Yes, we have to maintain the basics of running an efficient, compliant program for our school communities and ALL that goes with it. For some, that is enough and that is ok. Let’s keep it real! I can relate! Sometimes you just aren’t in that personal space that allows you to reach for more. For me, I like my work best when focused on a bigger purpose-it can be an amazing energizer. I try to force myself out of my day to day box to get this going. It requires self-pep talks and at times it is uncomfortable. But so, so rewarding…when you get there and break the status quo.
Pictures are from our school garden and local farm field trips
You are here- Like it or not.
Time to adjust, prepare, transition.
Wow! Just when I was feeling overwhelmed with the calendar and the start of the 2017-18 school year, I received an unexpected shot in the arm. Earlier this week I presented to nutrition staff at a back to school professional development training. And, I must admit; even though I was prepared, my mindset was a bit off. I wasn’t feeling it…
And then, you know what, in a snap of the fingers during those first few minutes of that first session,,,just chatting about what we do, the opportunity and impact we have, how important our role is in schools- I started feeling that sweet spot. It makes me so excited about what we do. The energy of the group was so empowering. I cannot thank them enough. They helped me find my mojo! It’s so easy to share our positive, enthusiastic passion when it is authentic. This is precisely what happened. Ready! Now!
Whatever speaks to you to get that feeling, that groove, that mantra going, do it or at least be open to it when it comes your way.
My summer beach/bike/hike/all around tote bag is well worn. It holds great memories. I am not going to put it away yet. There is still a lot of stuff left for us to do. As I carry the tote across town and further, I am going to live this message through...
Take your love everywhere you go.
Here we come 2017-18!