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Last Published: 12/03/2012
  • October 10 2014
    By Deborah Kane, National Director, USDA Farm to School Program -- What a day! The Minneapolis Public Schools’ third annual Farm to School Community BBQ took place under bright skies on a crisp autumn day. Over 750 families and community members gathered with over 50 organizational partners to celebrate MPS’ great work in getting local food into school cafeterias. I competed against the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in a corn shucking contest. We were neck and neck – or ear to ear – but I ultimately lost the race.  Luckily, the children are winning big!
  • October 9 2014
    All summer, visitors to the National Capitol Region have been seeing monuments, public buildings, works of art and experiencing music and theater; however, many were unexpectedly surprised by the brilliant hues of purple, red and green emanating from USDA’s People’s Garden. But those colors didn’t just pop up on their own. USDA has a cadre of friendly and knowledgeable employee volunteers who plant, maintain and harvest as well as interact and answer questions from hundreds of people who stop by to admire the garden.
  • October 9 2014
    By: Kimberly Norton, Principal, Northeast Elementary Magnet School -- A few weeks ago, I attended the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. to receive the National Healthy Schools Gold Award for my school, Northeast Elementary Magnet School in Danville, Illinois. The Leaders Summit brought together school leaders like me, along with business executives and community champions to celebrate our success in building healthier environments where our kids can thrive.  
  • October 8 2014
    By Audrey Rowe, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator -- Healthy habits are taking root in our nation’s schools.  Thanks to an important commitment made possible by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, more of our nation’s kids are being exposed to lessons about healthy eating and learning where their food comes from.  Established as part of that legislation, USDA’s Farm to School Program plays a vital role in improving health outcomes for our schoolchildren.
  • August 13 2014
    By Steve Watson, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service  -- Fried chicken, sausage biscuits and fried okra are a thing of the past in the Mobile County (AL) Public School Service’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), explained Child Nutrition Director of MCPSS, Susanne Yates. “The program is providing nutritional meals that are still southern in style but meet the new nutritional standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010." 
  • August 11 2014
    By Steve Watson, Public Affairs Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service  -- USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service partners serve a vital role in the success of the federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  These important relationships are critical to helping operate and expand summer meals and sites so that no child or teen goes hungry when school is out.
  • August 11 2014
    By Courtney Simmons, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, Campus Dietitian, and Jessica Jones, Peer Educator, Health Promotion, University of North Carolina  -- Wilmington -- College – a time of transition, not only in an academic sense, but also in a personal “taking charge of your own health” sense. Most first year students are thinking about all the choices they get to make without guardian oversight, including their food choices! They can now choose what and when to eat and drink for themselves. 
  • August 8 2014
    By Katherine Belcher, USDA Rural Development, Kentucky -- This week marks the 15th annual National Farmers Market Week and USDA is celebrating the achievements of the more than 8,700 markets across the county. In rural eastern Kentucky, over the summer, a remarkable thing happened in the small community of Whitesburg. Local, state and federal officials all worked together to create the first-ever USDA “Summer Feeding Site” for children to be held at a local farmers market in Kentucky.
  • August 7 2014
    Dr. Stephen Cook, M.D., Ph.D., American Heart Association Volunteer -- It’s a hard truth to swallow, but childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions – and diet has a lot to do with it. In the city of Rochester, where I currently live and work, almost half of all children are overweight or obese. In fact, one of the patients in my practice was already considered obese at the tender age of three. By the time he turned four, his BMI was over the 98th percentile for his age.  
  • August 6 2014
    By Sasha Bard, MS, RD, Nutritionist -- CNPP’s new Executive Director, Angela Tagtow, MS, RD, LD, closed out her first week with USDA by honoring the winners of the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest at the White House during the Kids’ State Dinner on August 20. Below are her impressions from the event.  

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