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School Nutrition Standards: Where are We Now?

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Allison Stowell

On July 1, 2012, schools and programs that utilize the National School Lunch program began the process of adopting the changes required under the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA). Though challenging to implement, the strong need for better nutrition for the over 30 million children who rely on the National School Lunch program and the opportunity for greater reimbursement per meal (an extra 6 cents), encouraged schools to comply. The transformation to come was so monumental and innovative for a program that hadn’t seen change in fifteen years, that Guiding Stars devoted a webinar on the topic. Now, two years later, we can see how the changes are being implemented and where we are on our journey toward feeding the next generation.

School Nutrition Standards: Where are We Now?

Farm to Table: More than Just a Culinary Movement

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Allison Stowell

I live in Connecticut. I’m surrounded by beautiful farms and orchards, which offer local meats, vegetables, eggs and more. Our state is also dotted with small vegetable stands pushing the local movement even further. Pretty much every new restaurant is a “farm to fork” establishment, while every old restaurant reinvents their meal to also support local agriculture. This movement makes it easy to feel good about supporting local restaurants, which are serving not only delicious food…but local food too.

Farm to Table: More than Just a Culinary Movement

Family Dinner for Conflicting Schedules

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Allison Stowell

When our children engage in programs we begin to picture what it will be like calculating the tight timing and imagining the rush we may feel to get them there (or worse, pick them up) on time. Of course, the car pool logistics are just one part of a larger puzzle that also includes pieces for homework, dinner and dare I say “down time.” At a time when many of you are already questioning the “joy of cooking” and feeling stressed by the pressure of getting a meal together every day, how can we make it easier when everyone seems to be coming and going on different, very busy schedules?

Family Dinner for Conflicting Schedules

Make-Ahead Dinner Strategies

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Allison Stowell

There is no better time for wholesome, make-ahead dinner strategies than the return of the school year and all that comes with it. Take out, fast food and eating at restaurants is not only costly, but usually isn’t nutritionally balanced. While offering a gourmet dinner is also not likely to happen, we need to find the middle ground and develop a strategic plan for getting healthful meals to your family’s table.

Make-Ahead Dinner Strategies

Allies in Health: Helping Healthful Children Grow

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Allison Stowell

We all share the common goal of raising healthy children, but are we going about it the right way and working together to create the desired result? There are words to use and those to avoid, messages to monitor and partnerships to create that will ensure our kids grow up in a healthy environment.

Allies in Health: Helping Healthful Children Grow

Getting in the Habit of Healthy Eating

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Allison Stowell

Webster defines a habit as something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way or an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary.  Within this definition is the concept of a habit not requiring thought and of it happening naturally. As a dietitian, I am in the business… Read more »

Getting in the Habit of Healthy Eating

What’s in a Melon?

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Allison Stowell

A perfect pool snack, refreshing salsa, sweet summer soup or a rejuvenating drink, melon is a versatile fruit that screams summer when added to just about any meal or snack. The produce section of your local market abounds with different melons, each offering a unique taste and fragrance to your plate.

What’s in a Melon?