February is filled with celebrations of love, health and food. Continue your quest to adopt healthy eating patterns with recipes that embrace these celebrations as well as variety, moderation and balance with food from all five food groups.
Start your day and the month off with a Hot Breakfast to warm up your engines. Then don't skip a beat before celebrating National Heart Month with recipes that follow the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension eating plan, repeatedly named the top diet in America. Next, brush up on your oral hygene with tooth-benefiting foods like cheese during National Dental Health Month. Finally, get your fill of fiber by celebrating National Potato (and Sweet Potato) Month with hearty, wholesome recipes that feature these functional tubers.
February Family Meal Recipes
Sweet Potato Mac + Cheese, Green Beans with Pinenuts and Strawberry Licuados; plus Pumpkin Potato Leek Soup, Sweet Potato Salad, Keilbasa with Sauerkraut and Potatoes and Curried Sweet Potatoes with Spinach and Chickpeas.
Getting enough sleep during adolescence is a subject gaining attention nationally from the Centers for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics. And Eat Move Win, the new online high school nutrition education program from Dairy Council of California takes the issue head on in an effort to impact teen eating habits, especially at breakfast.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 70 percent of students sleeping seven hours or less on a school night. The recommendation is eight to 10 hours per night. Gone are the peaceful days of sleeping like a baby, teenagers today are more likely to hit snooze until the last possible moment, then race out the door with a second thought for breakfast. The phenomenon is so severe, the organizations actually recommend later start times for high school to better match adolescents' biological clocks.
Lesson 4 of Eat Move Win addresses the inter-related issues of teen sleep and nutrition through lifestyle habits and eating patterns. While observing the lesson in the classroom, our nutrition staff saw teachers greeted by students carrying sodas and other caffeinated drinks to get them through the morning. Clearly lesson 4 has its work cut out for it!
Studies have shown that a morning meal leads to better nutrient intake over the day and fewer calories. Since skipping breakfast and staying up late are associated with late night snacking on low nutrient foods, Eat Move Win lesson 4 focuses on getting adequate sleep and trading up to healthier breakfast food choices to stay energized in the morning.
Help students make a connection between adequate sleep and time for a healthy breakfast. Contact the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for a classroom copy of the #Sleep Recharges You poster.
Hang in the classroom, in the hallway or even in the cafeteria as a visual cue to tie a good night's rest to academic and athletic performance while teaching Eat Move Win. The American Academy Sleep Medicine's website also offers additional resources for educators and professionals concerned with the impact of sleep and stress.
Learn more about the connection between nutrition and sleep, as well as other topics, by teaching Eat Move Win today.
When Dairy Council of California (CA) sets out to develop or update a nutrition education program, we look to partners within the education environment to help us review and revise our ideas. For her willingness to share her expertise and advice with partners like Dairy Council of CA and others, Paige Metz (wearing black in photo at right) has been awarded a Community Health Collaborator Award.
"It should look like a health and physical education activity lab class," said Metz in a recent SDCOE news release. "There needs to be evidence of cognitive and emotional learning."
Thankfully, Dairy Council of CA Community Nutrition Adviser Heather Troska Berkoben (wearing blue in photo at right) knew Metz’s passion for this kind of change would be important to harness for the development of Eat Move Win, Dairy Council of CA’s first completely online nutrition program for high schools students.
In addition to program development, Metz has been instrumental in promoting Dairy Council of CA programs to her network. She’s included Dairy Council of CA resources and a call for Eat Move Win beta testers in three county-wide emails to physical education (PE) teachers.
"The reality is, schools just don't have funding to support everything that needs to be funded. That's why having free, good curriculum provided by a community partner, like Dairy Council of CA, is so valuable. Without those resources, students may not get that additional education in important areas like nutrition and physical activity" said Metz. "I appreciate that Dairy Council of CA has been good about updating materials and staying attuned to changes related to nutrition and more globally in education. This keeps the programs robust and engaging for students. I am happy to help collaborate and develop these resources so they are viable and more likely to make a difference in student health and fitness."
As a leader in promoting best in class education resources, Metz also played a significant role in the development of Fit 2 Learn Fit 4 Life, a website for PE teachers that’s filled with helpful vocabulary resources, classroom lessons, extension activities and other resources to enhance education.
For her dedication to making nutrition and physical education easier and more accessible to teachers and students alike, Dairy Council of CA is proud to award Paige Metz its Community Collaborator Award.
From everyone at Dairy Council of California and HealthyEating.org, best wishes for a healthy, happy New Year celebrated with plenty of family meals!
Tuna and Walnut Pasta Salad with Hearty Split Pea Soup and Anytime Fruit Shake; plus Last Minute Lasagna, Black Beans and Couscous, Homestyle Green Bean Bake and Alfredo Pasta.
Oat Crusted Chicken with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce with Steamed Broccoli and Blueberry Blackberry Gratin; plus Apple Crumble, Slow Cooker Oatmeal, Honey BBQ Meatloaf and Oatmeal Crusted Chicken Tenders.
Grilled Eye Round Steaks With Wasabi Yogurt Cream and Vietnamese Salad Rolls with Grapefruit With Yogurt Dip; plus Waldorf Salad, Harvest Vegetable Roast, Chicken Noodle Soup and Berry Pancakes.
Kohlrabi and Ham Gratin, 24K Carrots and Bran Muffin and Fruit Trifle; plus Bierocks (German Meat Turnovers), Crunchy Mandarin Chicken Spinach Salad, Kiwi Lime Frozen Yogurt and Fresh Corn Chowder.
Whole Wheat Flatbread with Apples and Gorgonzola, White Bean and Pesto Dip and Strawberry Orange Cups; plus Red Edge Roll-Ups, Touchdown Taco Salad, Cheesy Bread Twists and Kale + Spinach Chips.
During the December Staff Meeting in San Diego, CA, Dairy Council of California (CA) took time to recognize its ongoing relationship with Alicia Hauser, RD, Sales Director of Special Projects with Hollandia Dairy, by awarding her the Community Health Collaborator Award for her perfect example of teamwork and community engagement.
From protecting the role of plain and flavored milk in the school lunch program to supporting educational events like Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) and summer meals kick off events, Hauser (pictured at right in blue) works closely with Dairy Council of California Community Nutrition Advisor Heather Berkoben (pictured at right in stripes) to protect the health of California’s children.
“As an RD I consider myself to be an educator,” said Hauser. “And so, in every position that I’ve held I insert education into my plan. We’re all selling. Selling food safety, selling products, selling good nutrition. I’ve found the partnership with Dairy Council of CA to be a natural and good one as we share a common goal in promoting consumption of dairy for the health and well -being of students.”
Some of her most rewarding experiences involve working with partners to promote healthy eating in the community. Hauser, on behalf of Hollandia Dairy has worked with Dairy Council of CA and other groups to support educational events such as FUTP60 breakfast learning events, Hometown Grant events, Team Nutrition and Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of CA grant kickoff event in San Ysidro and more events like the 2015 Chula Vista School District event (pictured at right) with Hollandia Dairy, FUTP 60, California Milk Advisory Board and others.
This program, brought to you by Dairy Council of California, aligns with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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