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USDA to Award $8 Million to Support Healthier Foods in Schools and Child Care Centers

From the USDA…

USDA Awards $8 Million to Support Healthier Foods in Schools and Child Care Centers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be awarding over $8 million in grants to help school nutrition professionals better prepare healthy meals for their students. Approximately $2.6 million dollars in grants will support implementation of new national professional standards for all school nutrition employees who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and $5.6 million will go to help states expand and enhance food service training programs and provide nutrition education in school, child care, and summer meal settings.

“For the past three years, kids have eaten healthier breakfasts, lunches and snacks at school thanks to the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which made the first meaningful improvements to the nutrition of foods and beverages served in cafeterias and sold in vending machines in 30 years. Nearly all schools are successfully meeting the standards, and these grants part of our ongoing commitment to give states and schools the additional resources they need,” said Vilsack. “Parents, teachers, principals, and school nutrition professionals want the best for their children. Together we can make sure we’re giving our kids the healthy start in life they deserve.”

The grants announced today add to the large number of resources that USDA provides to help schools serve healthier food options that meet updated nutrition standards, including technical assistance, educational materials, and additional reimbursements. More than 95 percent of schools report that they are successfully meeting those nutrition standards, which were based on recommendations from pediatricians and other child health experts at the Institute of Medicine.

In February, USDA announced national professional standards for school nutrition employees that went into effect on July 1, 2015. These standards, which vary according to position and job requirements, ensure that school nutrition professionals have the training and skills they need to plan, prepare, purchase, and promote healthy meals. In addition to several built-in flexibilities intended to facilitate the first year of implementation and address the challenges faced by smaller school districts, USDA is providing a total of $2.6 million to 19 state agencies to develop and enhance existing trainings within their state that will allow school nutrition professionals to meet these standards. The Professional Standards Training Grants promote training in nutrition; operations; administration; and communications and marketing.

In addition, 19 states received a 2015 Team Nutrition Training Grant of up to $350,000 – $5.6 million in total – to support trainings that focus on encouraging healthy eating. Those efforts could include:

  • using Smarter Lunchrooms strategies that use principles from behavioral economics to encourage healthy choices,
  • meeting meal pattern requirements for school meals,
  • delivering interactive nutrition education activities, and
  • providing schools and child care providers with technical assistance to create and maintain a healthier environment.

Grants activities must be sustainable and achieve measurable outcomes. For example, the Oregon Department of Education will use the grant funds to hold 10 Smarter Lunchroom workshops on strategies for arranging the lunchroom that promote healthy choices. As a result, at least 120 school food authorities and child nutrition program sponsors will receive training and follow-up assistance. A summary of previous years’ grant activities by state can be found at the Team Nutrition Training Grants website.

The Team Nutrition Training Grants are awarded as part of USDA’s Team Nutrition initiative, which provides resources, training, and nutrition education lessons for schools and child care providers. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Team Nutrition initiative. In that time, Team Nutrition has provided nearly $90 million in grant funds to state agencies that implement USDA Child Nutrition Programs.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service administers America’s nutrition assistance programs including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Together these programs make up the federal nutrition safety net.


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Statewide Community College Centers Funded

From our friends at GrantStation…

Statewide Community College Centers Funded
Jobs for the Future: State-Level Student Success Centers
Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a national nonprofit that works to ensure educational and economic opportunity for all. JFF, with support from the Kresge Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has issued the State-Level Student Success Centers request for proposals (RFP) to improve community college completion by creating a new Student Success Center in up to four states. (Student Success Centers organize a state’s community colleges around common action to accelerate their efforts to improve student outcomes.) Through this RFP, JFF will provide $250,000 annually for two years to states selected to launch a Student Success Center. An applying organization must be a two-year college system, community college association, or other statewide entity in any state in the U.S., excluding the seven states that currently belong to the Student Success Center Network (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas). The application deadline is October 9, 2015. Visit the JFF website to download the RFP.

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September is Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Month!

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. This September, Learning ZoneXpress is proud to participate in Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month.

4230Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:

•Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer
•Maintain or reach a healthy weight
•Keep your body strong and active

Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:

•Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
•Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks.
•Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week.
Remember, eating more fruits and veggies
can be fun – and it’s worth it!

Our educational materials will help you explore the many health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables! Our colorful, information-filled posters, handouts, activity books and more explains the importance of eating fruits and veggies, common serving sizes, daily requirements, and offers great suggestions for ways to eat more.

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