Happy Walk to School Day!
In celebration of the day, the Safe Routes to School folks are releasing maps for families to help plan walk or bike routes to school all year long. Here’s the ESS map. Big thanks to Lucy Nehr from the City of Takoma Park for leading the effort on the map.
Some pictures from today’s event:
We wanted to pass along this podcast episode in memory of Philando Castile. Castile was a Cafeteria Supervisor in Saint Paul, MN. You may recall that he was shot by police during a traffic stop earlier this year. Passing on this podcast, Inside School Food, because it’s great memorandum of him and provides some insight into the very important role cafeteria staff play.
Castile’s school was a pioneer in farm-to-school, cook from scratch kitchens, “choice bars” featuring Minnesota grown produce and connections with community farmers. As a Cafeteria Supervisor he had the dynamic role of being responsible for managing food allergies, ordering and receiving, cooking and preparing fresh food and keeping the food services environment safe and clean, as well as providing customer service and crowd control.
PODCAST: Inside School Food / Remember Philando Castile
Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables each day provides the body with important vitamins, minerals and fiber, things it needs to be healthy and function well. Because health is related to nutrition, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating more fruits and vegetables than any other food group. An easy way to remember this fact is to make half of your plate fruits and vegetables at meals and when having snacks. Every form counts: fresh, frozen, canned (watch for added sugar and salt), and dried (watch for added sugar).
September is an ideal time in our area to eat more produce because it is a time when many fruits and vegetables are available from local farms. Here is a chart of the produce is available throughout the year in Maryland: http://marylandsbest.net/wp-content/uploads/Maryland-Fruit-and-Vegetable-Seasonality-Charts.pdf .
Below are some ideas from the Wellness Committee to help you and your family enjoy the produce available this month. Healthy Kids, Healthy Minds.
- ESS ES has its own fruit and vegetable garden, and butterfly gardens. Check them out the next time you are at the school and see what’s growing. In the past two weeks, the garden group has harvested over 33 pounds of cucumbers, and tomatoes are ripening.
Visit a Farmer’s Market: there are two very close farmer’s market:
Homegrown School Lunch Week September 19-23, 2016:
- Montgomery County Public Schools will be participating by offering locally grown fruits and vegetables. The following fruits and vegetables might be featured in the ESS ES cafeteria this week:
- Monday: grape tomatoes, peaches
- Tuesday: celery sticks, plums
- Wednesday: broccoli slaw, assorted fruit
- Thursday: corn, assorted melon
- Friday: watermelon, assorted greens
- Challenge yourself and your family to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day for 5 days…and build from there
Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Food Groups
Fruits & Veggies More Matters
Choose my Plate
Get to know the food served at East Silver Spring ES and know what you can do as a parent to help your children make healthy eating and drinking choices.
- MCPS Elementary School Menus
- Nutrient and ingredient profiles of the food in MCPS
- MCPS Food & Nutrition, Nutrient & Allergen Data
- Water: Any elementary school child purchasing lunch is entitled to a free, 8 ounce bottle of water. http://www.realfoodforkidsmontgomery.org/accomplishments.php
- A la carte:
- A variety of a la carte items are available in the school cafeteria separate from meals. All items available for sale are in compliance with JPG-RA. Wellness: Physical and Nutritional Health. An example of an a la carte item served at ESS ES is low fat ice cream, available for purchase on Wednesdays. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/foodserv/menus/alacarte.aspx
- Parents have the ability to restrict the purchase of a la carte items. Contact the school cafeteria manager.
- What school food does my child buy? All school food purchases are tracked and an account history can be requested if there is a need to check how money is being spent. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/foodserv/debitsystem/default.aspx?id=385154
- Doritos, Fruit Snacks Get the Boot as Montgomery County Schools Ban Certain Additives
- MCPS has instructed their vending company to begin the removal of marketing messages on vending machine fronts for beverages that are not allowed in daytime sales to bring them into compliance with their own wellness policy.
- In September, 2014, MCPS announced a new policy prohibiting from future bids for school food the following chemicals in future MCPS food: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), trans fat, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Aspartame, Acesulfame-Potassium, Saccharin, Butylated Hydroxyanisol (BHA), Potassium Bromate, Propyl Gallate, Sodium Tripoly Phoshate (STPP), and Tert-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ).