Sunday, July 31, 2016

PARENTS! FIND OUT ABOUT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S FOOD & WELLNESS POLICY!

Thumbs up for health!
The Manchester School District is required by Federal Law to have a wellness policy. The policy supports family and community efforts to encourage student achievement and health and address childhood obesity since an active, well-nourished child is more successful in the classroom and performs better on tests.




How Can Parents Support the Policy

  • Following nutrition guidelines when providing food for classroom parties and school events 
  • Supporting non-food fundraisers or sell food items that meet the district nutrition guidelines
  • Providing healthy choices when packing snacks and bag lunches

For more information on our wellness policy, visit our district website at www.mansd.org under Departments and Food and Nutrition Services.


FOOD & WELLNESS POLICY EVALUATION RESULTS

A recent evaluation of the Manchester School District compliance of the Food and Wellness Policy is completed by school administrators annually and shared with members of the Food and Wellness Policy Council and the Superintendent of Schools.

Many schools are supporting the district wellness policy by initiating non-food related fundraisers or adjusting the fundraisers to healthier food choices. Most schools teach nutrition in the classroom and encourage physical activity opportunities and clubs. School parties frequently offer healthier choices. Vending machine choices have improved. Most schools do not use physical activity as a punishment unless there is an issue with safety of other students.

Areas of improvement are still needed in the areas of food as a reward, school birthday parties in the elementary schools, school store food and beverage choices, recess before lunch to improve student's intake of lunch and the amount of physical activity offered during the school day.


An annual district corrective action plan will be developed and shared with school administrators and the Superintendent of Schools. If you are a parent and are interested in participating on the district's Food and Wellness Policy Council, please email Sue Sheehy at SueSheehy@aol.com.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

THAT'S BERRY GOOD!!!

Tis the season.....for berries, especially blueberries!!! With flavors that range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional stars bursting with nutrition and flavor . This is the time to eat blueberries because they are at their best. The blueberry season can last from May through October. In New Hampshire, July is prime picking time.
blueberries

Blueberries have been called a “super” food for so many reasons. Want to retain your memory? Lower your risk factors for some cancers? How about a great natural source of antioxidants for optimum health? Research in Canada and the USA supports evidence that blueberries are powerful disease fighters. Blueberries have been ranked number one in antioxidant activity over 40 other tested fruits and vegetables.

We now know that blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants, substances that can slow the aging process and reduce cell damage that can lead to cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. Blueberries are a particularly rich source of antioxidants called anthocyanins (also contained in apples, grapes, blackberries, radishes, and red cabbage). Several studies suggest anthocyanins discourage blood clots from forming, warding off heart attacks. They also appear to improve night vision and to slow macular degeneration by strengthening tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye. Blueberries have also been associated with improving short term memory loss, promoting urinary tract health, improved metabolism of glucose (type of sugar), and reducing the risk of some types of cancers.

For just 40 calories in a ½-cup serving, blueberries offer a great lineup of nutrients like potassium and iron, as well as being a an excellent source of Vitamin C. And let’s not forget that blueberries also provide dietary fiber, two grams in each ½-cup serving which equals the amount of fiber in a slice of whole wheat bread so make sure to take the whole family blueberry picking this summer.

BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE


INGREDIENTS:
1 - 6 ounce container non-fat blueberry yogurt
(Try Greek for a thicker consistency!)
1/2 cup apple juice
1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 cup frozen sliced peaches
5-6 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place yogurt, apple juice, blueberries and peaches in blender.
2. Add ice cubes.
3. Blend ingredients until smooth.
4. Serve immediately

Makes 2 servings.


Courtesy of Oregon Blueberry Commission , US Highbush Blueberry Council, American Cancer Institute for Research, and USDA





Saturday, June 4, 2016

Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary Wins Get Moving Manchester Trophy

Congratulations to Highland Goffe's Falls Elementary School! They have been awarded the 2016 Get Moving Manchester trophy for the highest elementary participation for all four weeks of the program.

Get Moving Manchester is a four week nutrition and physical activity program that encourages healthy lifestyle habits based on the 5-2-1-0 concept of eating 5 fruits and vegetables daily, limiting screen time to 2 hours or less. exercising for 1 hour a day, and drinking 0 sugar based beverages. The program focuses on Manchester students in grades 3-6. Students track their habits daily for the four weeks of the program. Susan Matthews, principal, Sherry Tellier, health teacher and all the classroom teachers did an excellent job of promoting the program.

Assistant superintendent,  Chris Martin, Sylvio Dupuis, former mayor of Manchester and coordinator of the program, and Mayor Gatsas presented the trophy to Highland's principal, Susan Matthews, her staff and students along with Slider, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats mascot.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

New Hampshire Farmers Markets

Make New Hampshire Farmers Markets part of your weekly shopping routine! Farmers markets are a great way to purchase seasonal, fresh, and affordable food items as well as support your local community. Starting in June, many farmers markets will be in full swing.  Here are some tips for shopping at a farmers market:

1. Purchase fresh produce for snacks or meals.

2. Visit all the stands. Many farmers will be selling the same produce, find the best quality and price by visiting each of them.

3. Talk to the farmer. They might have ideas on food preparation/ storage.

4. Bring your children. Introduce your children to healthy food choices.

5. Beware of the sweets. Farmers markets often are filled with baked goods including homemade cookies and donuts… but that doesn’t make them healthy choices!


Plus, as an added bonus many farmers markets participate in Double the Value of SNAP/EBT fruit and vegetable purchases. This means $5.00 SNAP/EBT will purchase $10.00!

For more information on Manchester Farmer’s Markets visit: http://manchesternhfarmersmarket.com

Friday, April 8, 2016

HEALTHIER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH DIP


INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed very well)
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup nut butter of choice (If you use peanut butter, it will have a slight peanut butter cookie dough taste)
up to 1/4 cup milk of choice, only if needed
¾  cup brown sugar
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 to 3 tbsp oats (Ground flax will also work)

Instructions
Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor, and process until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips. If made correctly and blended long enough, this should have the exact texture of real cookie dough!
Sweetener Notes: You can get away with less sugar– some people will be perfectly fine with just 3 tbsp for the whole recipe!

This can be served with graham crackers (with no hydrogenated fat), but fresh fruit (especially green apple slices) also works or try it by the spoonful.

Taken from chocolatecoveredkatie.com