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Laredo Independent School District Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

Laredo Independent School District is one to follow. The creativity and effort they’ve put into their School Breakfast celebration is incredible. We’re so excited to share their story:

In Laredo Independent School District Child Nutrition Program celebrates NSBW having a singing contest “Be a Star with School Breakfast”

This year is our 3rd  year. Our 20 Elementary Schools participate singing any song but with Nutrition messages (change lyrics)

Hosting school decorate the stage with nutrition messages.

The winners receive trophies, certificates and special prizes.

All the participants and judges have a Star.

The judges are local famous personalities from local TV, radio and new papers.

The winners are invited to sing their songs in the morning news in KGNS TV, in the afternoon in Univision KLDO TV

These students look like they are having a blast. That’s what celebrating breakfast should be, a blast! Laredo ISD, we applaud your team for putting on such a great event and getting kids excited about healthy choices. You truly are making a difference.

Chartwells & North St. Francois School District Celebrate National School Breakfast Week

North St. Francois School District in Missouri managed by Chartwells celebrated National School Breakfast Week in a big way. Fun displays, exciting menus, and raffles all play a role in this weeks’ celebration. Way to go!

We are doing Green Eggs and Ham for Lunch K-6 along with Sneeches peaches, King’s Stilts, Cat in the Hat Hashbrown’s and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Cake. We also had a “Name that Menu “contest in the K-2 building around Dr. Seuss theme for the remainder of the week’s lunch menu items. The winning class for each day will be treated to either a pizza party or parfait party served  and prepared by the café ladies. Associates will be dressing up in Dr. Seuss Character costumes.

Also at the K-2 and 3-4 grade buildings we will do the “Make the Grade Breakfast promo” and give up Special stickers to students eating breakfast the 1st week of March. (Dairy Council Promo)

At the Secondary level-we are having a raffle for movie tickets. Every student who eats breakfast week of March 2-6 will get a chance in the basket for a set up movie tickets.

Each building will display  posters talking about importance of breakfast. (these materials came from Learning Zone)

We will have Breakfast Bulletin Boards at K-2 and 3-4 buildings. (these materials came from Learning Zone)

Health Food Projects in Native Communities Funded

From our friends at GrantStation…

Health Food Projects in Native Communities Funded
First Nations Development Institute: Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative
First Nations Development Institute is a Native American-run nonprofit with a mission to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. In 2015, First Nation’s Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative will provide up to eight grants, averaging $26,000, to support projects that address food system control, food insecurity, and food deserts, with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. Priority will be given to projects that will have a measurable impact on improving a tribal community’s efforts to increase access to healthy and fresh foods for vulnerable children, families, and communities. Funded projects should also help increase awareness of where food comes from, expand knowledge of the linkages of food to Native cultures, and/or contribute to tribal economic growth with income from entrepreneurially-related food ventures. Native American-controlled nonprofit tribal organizations and community-based groups are eligible to apply. Online proposals must be submitted by March 25, 2015. Visit the First Nations website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.

Eldon School District Celebrates National School Breakfast Week!

Eldon School District utilizes positive influence from high school students to get younger kids excited about breakfast. This is a great story sent to us by Student Wellness Coordinator, Terry Atteberry.

We are celebrating National School Breakfast month by announcing it in our monthly newsletter and starting a new universal breakfast program at our upper elementary school just in time for this!  We are allowing ALL students to eat breakfast for free!!  We are excited to be serving over 90% now from 35%!!

We have also had Wellness Wednesday!  We have guests come from the High School.  These are HS athletes that come and share the importance of eating breakfast with our students.  As peers they play an important role.

We are excited to get our kids eating!!

Way to go Eldon! You are truly making a positive impact on your students and their futures. Keep up the great work.

Can Fruits & Vegetables Be Just As Cool As Junk Food?

YES…is what FNV, the brand new marketing campaign for fruits and vegetables would like the answer to be! Junk food companies spend millions of dollars to market unhealthy choices to children, now fruits and vegetables will get their chance to shine! The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) recently announced the launch of FNV (fruits and vegetables), a marketing campaign focused on increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Partnership for a Healthier America and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative will work together to rebrand fruits and vegetables with this new marketing campaign. According to the FNV website, “Fruits and vegetables are now a brand.”

FNV, a “hip” acronym for “fruits ‘n’ vegetables” will have its own website and will focus primarily on social media. Its YouTube and Twitter accounts will feature videos from celebrities including Jessica Alba, Victor Cruz, Nick Jonas, and more.

The branding from corporate food companies has had a real influence on young people’s diets, and FNV will attempt to imitate those same influences to convince the younger audience that fruits and vegetables are just as cool as junk food. Fruits and vegetables are now a brand states the FNV website.

At Learning ZoneXpress, we have always known that fruits and vegetables are awesome that’s why we create colorful, information-filled posters, handouts, activity books and more. Our fruits and vegetables nutrition resources explains the importance of eating fruits and veggies, common serving sizes, daily requirements, and offers great suggestions for ways to eat more.

Visit Learning ZoneXpress for Fruits and Vegetables Nutrition Resources!