Oliver Foundation Funded Research
August 2012 Vol. 8, No. 4
School Lunches and Lunches Brought from Home: A Comparative Analysis
Craig A. Johnston, PhD., Jenette P. Moreno, PhD, Abeer El-Mubasher, BS and Deborah Woehler, MS, RD, LD
The purpose of the study was to examine differences between school lunch and lunch brought from home.
The Oliver Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood obesity.
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Squares
Yield: 9 servings
1 cup crunchy wheat and barley cereal
3 cups fat-free strawberry yogurt
1 (10 oz.) bag frozen unsweetened strawberries
1 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with foil.
Sprinkle cereal evenly on the bottom of the pan; set aside.
Place yogurt, strawberries and condensed milk in a blender; cover and blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture over top of cereal, gently smoothing yogurt mixture to edges of pan.
Cover with foil and freeze for 8 hours or until firm.
Use edges of foil to loosen and remove from pan; let recipe thaw for 5 to 10 minutes.
Cut into squares, 3x3 and serve.
Create your own variations by using other flavor combinations of yogurt and fruit.
Recipe created by 3-Every-Day of Dairy.
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The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation aims to make a greater impact on the communities Coca-Cola serves around the world by being responsive to the citizenship priorities of the communities in which we live and work.
The Foundation is interested in funding organizations in these areas: water stewardship, healthy active living, community recycling and education. Healthy active living includes providing access to exercise, physical activity and nutritional education programs.
National School Lunch Week 2012
Created in 1962, by President John F. Kennedy, National School Lunch Week celebrates the many benefits of the school lunch program.
This year's theme: "School Lunch - What's Cooking?" is about celebrating the positive changes that have been made in school lunch programs across the country.
School are cooking/serving up:
- more and a greater variety of fruits and vegetables
- more whole grains
- less sodium
- 1% or fat-free milk, flavored milk must be fat-free
You can go to the School Nutrition Association website to download, PR materials, student activities, worksheets and alot more.
In partnership with Kiwi Magazine a National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day has been established - Wednesday, October 17th. Be sure to plan ahead and coordinate this day with your school cafeteria.
The campaign runs through October 2012, culminating in National School Lunch Week, October 15 - 19, 2012.
Celebrate all the great things happening in your cafeteria and let the community know all about it!
Information courtesy of School Nutrition Association.
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The U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Bone Health and Osteoporosis predicted that by 2020, half of all Americans older than 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass.
Our bodies build up calcium in our bones until we are about 30 years old. Afterward our bodies stop adding new bone.
Milk's nine essential nutrients can help kids and teens grow healthy and strong.
Calcium - Helps build and maintain strong bones. Plays a role in promoting normal blood pressure
Vitamin D - Helps absorb calcium for healthy bones
Phosphorus - Works with calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones strong.
Riboflavin - Helps convert food into energy. Plays a vital role in the development of the central nervous system.
Protein - Helps build and maintain lean muscle.
Vitamin B-12 - Helps build red blood cells.
Potassium - Helps regulate the balance on fluids in the body and maintain a normal blood pressure.
Vitamin A - Important for good vision, healthy skin and healthy immune system.
Niacin - Helps the body's enzyme function normally by converting nutrients into energy.
Daily physical activity and a diet high in calcium and vitamin D help build strong bones.
How much daily activity do you need? The recommended amounts for adults is 30 minutes and 60 minutes for children. The best types of exercise for healthy bones are both weight-bearing and strength-building.
A weight-bearing exercise is any exercise that has your legs and feet holding all your weight.
Yoga - Standing poses like Warrior I and II work the large bones of the hips and the legs, while poses like Downward Dog work the wrist, arms and shoulders.
Brisk Walking - It's free, takes no additional equipment and can be adapted to different fitness levels.
Dancing - Whether it's salsa, ballroom, dancing to the radio in your kitchen or a Zumba class at your local gym, they all use your hips to get your heart pumping.
When strength training you're working against some form of resistance. This includes resistance bands, free weights, your own body weight of weight machines - to stress a sequence of muscles and bones. Strength training at least twice a week is needed to produce results.
Lesson: Nutrition Scavenger Hunt
Grades: 3rd - 5th
Objective: Students will practice their Internet research skills while learning important nutritional information.
Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
Scavenger Hunt Key
Provide to your students both the Scavenger Hunt worksheet and the resource list so they have a place to start.
The worksheet includes questions such as:
- List 2 reasons why it is important to eat breakfast.
- What is a calorie?
- How many radishes does it take to make a serving of vegetables?
There are 18 questions on the worksheet.
The teacher can pick one of the questions and help the students find that answer and then they can answer the rest individually or in small groups.
The worksheets can be picked up and graded or the teacher can give an incentive such as a healthy snack for whoever gets all the answers correct.
Looking for more nutrition integrated lessons? Go to the Oliver Kids Manual where you'll find 50+ lessons.
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