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The Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. It supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The initiative encourages all schools to take a leadership role in helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
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Latta Food Service introduces MyPlate to Latta Early Childhood Students
Between the constant sales pitches and the dire warnings about what we should and shouldn’t eat, some people can lose their taste for the whole topic of nutrition and healthy eating. Fortunately, there are those out there who do have the children’s best interest at heart and understand the importance of sharing the characteristics of healthy living.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has relied on the familiar Food Pyramid to help students make healthier decisions pertaining to food choices. Nutritionists worldwide have been using the pyramid shape to convey the ratio of a well-proportioned diet since the early 1970s. The USDA has updated its dietary guidelines and the decision was made to ditch the ancient pyramid for a more direct image. MyPlate was introduced and it also illustrates the ideal rations of food categories but with the appearance of a place setting.
The new MyPlate concept was recently presented to students at Latta Early Childhood Center. Mrs. Sarah Little’s 1st grade class participated in the MyPlate presentation, which was conducted by Food Service Director, Theresa Rogers, Cafeteria Manager, Carolyn Caulder and Mr. Banana (Robert McIntyre).
The students were given information on the new MyPlate diagram. The new diagram has five food groups including Grains, Vegetables, Fruits, Dairy and Protein. The new place setting illustration offers simple suggestions to balancing one’s diet. Balancing calories means being able to eat foods we enjoy but to eat smaller portions. Food choices are as important as portions, so fruits and vegetables should take up half the plate. At least half of the grains one consumes should be whole grains, and dairy products should be either low-fat, fat-free or skim. Another major suggestion is to avoid sugar and sodium intake.
After the students received the information on basic nutrition, they were shown a display of food choices and allowed to try different fruits and vegetables. All students in Mrs. Little’s class, as well as all 1st grade students at LECC, were given a MyPlate to take home. Mr. Banana gladly passed out the plates to the students attending the presentation.
Dollie Morrell, principal at Latta Early Childhood, coordinated lesson plans with all first grade teachers to help promote healthy living with the students in our district. Food Service Director Theresa Rogers stated “We feel that using the MyPlate as a visual tool will help the younger students understand portion control and what is needed to make good food choices for the future.” You can find more information on the new MyPlate diagram at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.
Latta Elementary School students of Amy Moody’s fourth grade class and Gregory Dean Parker’s fifth grade class were involved in a hands-on experiment in the school’s cafeteria to introduce the students to the school’s new, healthier choice menu. During the visit, students made whole wheat sugar cookies by following the directions on the recipe. They utilized their math skills while counting and measuring ingredients, and they conducted a taste test. The students were pleasantly surprised at the taste of the whole wheat cookie in comparison to a white bread cookie. They were also quite surprised how much healthier whole wheat is for you. Whole wheat is rich in fiber and magnesium which makes you feel satisfied faster, and is good for your blood sugar. Whole wheat is also much lower in fat and cholesterol, and reduces the risk of developing heart problems, diabetes, and cancer.
Food Service Director, Theresa Rogers, and cafeteria manager, Carolyn Caulder, of Latta Elementary School have worked together to implement an increase of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole wheat, and low fat milk into students’ diet. Latta Elementary School principal, Debra Morris, and Latta Elementary School teachers and staff are confident that this new way of eating will contribute to a healthier lifestyle for students. Latta Elemetary School received the Bronze Award for implementing this new, healthier menu.
Benefits of MySchoolMoney
To sign up for MySchoolMoney you will need to go to https://www.myschoolmoney.com/Default.aspx and use your child's student ID to register. If you do not have your child's student ID, please call his/her school to get that information.
To learn more about this program, please view the information sheet below.
Follow the link to complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application which will help your child/children receive nutritious school meals for free or at a reduced price. All households may apply for free and reduced meals at any time during the school year. If you have not applied or if you have had a change in your household income, we encourage you to complete an application.
All restaurants and food service establishments are required to post their most recent DHEC rating signs at their facility. Listed below are the ratings for the LECC/LES Cafeteria and LMS/LHS Cafeteria. Visit DHEC's website to search the ratings for food service establishments.
Latta Early Childhood/Latta Elementary Cafeteria - Grade 98
Latta Middle School/Latta High School Cafeteria - Grade 99
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To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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