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July 12, 2012

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A recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine examined the availability of competitive beverages in U.S. public schools and discovered that schools are increasingly removing less healthy options and sticking with water, low-fat milk and 100% juice.

A summary of this study can be found here.

At FISD, we have long sought to not only meet the beverage guidelines as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for all age groups, but to exceed them whenever possible. What is interesting for us, however, is that independent schools are not subject to USDA standards and may have other relationships with various groups (including student groups) or vendors that provide outlets or purchasing opportunities for sugary beverages or competitive beverages. School preference and philosophy is also a factor.  While all of this tends to be more relevant with older age groups, the importance of an ongoing dialogue with our scho...

June 4, 2012

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It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the USDA launched the MyPlate campaign to replace MyPyramid.  Food, health and education professionals near and far are conducting activities to celebrate the anniversary of this campaign and all of the different ways to put together a healthy plate.

Wish MyPlate a happy birthday and check out other resources by clicking here

June 8, 2011

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Big news in the health and nutrition world!  Last week, the USDA has launched a new food icon, MyPlate! This image replaces MyPyramid.

This is truly a new model for healthy eating, as nutrition educators have for years taught healthy eating with representations of plates. In fact, FISD has its very own signature program, Color Your Plate Healthy, which was based on the former pyramid but translated into putting together a balanced and colorful plate!

The pyramid had been around for decades in a number of forms and had often been a source of confusion and vagueness. MyPlate clearly promotes fruits and vegetables, which cover half the circle. Grains occupy an additional quarter, as do proteins such as meat, fish and poultry. A glass of milk rests to the side. Desserts and sweets (formerly part of the “Other” food group) have been eliminated. With support of first lady Michelle Obama, many experts and policymakers feel...

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You may have recently heard the buzz about the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services publicize new guidelines, although they tend to come out some time after the actual year for which they are titled – which is why we’re talking about them now at the beginning of 2011.

While many of you are probably aware of the food pyramid or MyPyramid, the logo for the Dietary Guidelines, most of you may not realize that the guidelines have very far-reaching implications – they direct federal nutrition and education programs that reach millions of Americans, including food stamps, the public school lunch and breakfast programs, and more.  They also impact how food packaging is labeled.

Released on January 31st, there aren’t very dramatic changes from the 2005 guidelines, but some of the new nutrition recommendations are:

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