For the 2011-2012 school year Lincoln Community School and Monkton Central School have been awarded a Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grant. Throughout the school year we will be working on education children how to make healthy food choices. The purpose of the program is to expand and increase the variety and amount of fruits and vegetables children experience and consume. Combined with nutrition education and a reinforcement of healthful eating habits, the program emphasizes the long-term goals of positively influencing children’s life-long eating habits and combating childhood obesity.
In addition, to the FFVP grant, one of my goals is to use this website as a platform for children to create and share healthy food recipes and alternative choices to traditional snacks such as cookies and chips. More information will be coming soon.
Information about new Daily Food Recommendations from the FDA
After nearly two decades the food pyramid that most of us grew up using has been replaced by a food plate. With obesity rates at epidemic levels a change in our nations eating habits is a priority. Many people including me, found the food pyramid confusing and vague
The USDA new dietary recommendations comes in the form of a plate. The food plate address several key dietary messages that will help lower obesity rates, diabetes, heart disease, and other food related diseases. The key aspects of the food plate include:
- Enjoy your food, but eat less
- Avoid oversized portions
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks
- Make at least half your grains whole grains
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1 percent) milk
- Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers
Hopefully the new dietary recommendations by the USDA will provide clear strategies toward improving your eating habits. Time will tell if the food plate will make the necessary difference in our nation’s health.