The Healthy Family

A Newsletter from the Food and Nutrition Services Department Willmar, New London-Spicer, Montevideo, and Community Christian Schools

Felicia Kittok, RDN Nutrition Coordinator Willmar Public Schools Editor

Para traducción, llame 320-231-8575

March Highlights: National Nutrition Month Youth Art Month

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Build a Healthy Plate with Whole Grains Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal, breakfast cereals, and tortillas are examples of grain-rich products. Grains are divided into two groups: Whole Grains and Refined Grains. Whenever possible, whole-grain versions of these grain products should be offered. Most children 2 years and older do not consume enough whole grains or other foods rich in dietary fiber. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends making at least half your grains whole grains. Including whole-grain foods in meals and snacks can:  Give children the B vitamins and minerals (iron, zinc, and magnesium) they need for energy

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to play and learn. Promote proper digestion and make bathroom time easier by providing dietary fiber. Help children feel full for longer and maintain a healthy weight as they grow. Add texture and flavor to their plate.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America Day (March 2)

Take a Look at the Ingredient List.

Choose products that name a whole-grain ingredient first on the list, or second after water— that means there is more of it than the other ingredients. Look for “whole wheat,” “brown rice,” “oatmeal,” “bulgur,” “buckwheat,” “whole corn,” “whole-grain cornmeal,” “whole oats,” “whole rye,” or “wild rice.” For foods made of multiple grains, make sure the whole-grain ingredients appear near the beginning of the ingredient list.

National School Breakfast Week (March 5-9) Spring Begins (March 20)

Instead Of:

Choose Whole Grains:

Willmar: March 26-April 2

White Rice

Brown Rice, Wild Rice, Quinoa

New London-Spicer: March 2 and 26-30

White Bread or Wheat Bread

100% Whole-Grain Bread

Noodles, Pasta, Spaghetti

Whole-Wheat Pasta and Noodles

Montevideo: March 29-April 2

Flour Tortillas

Whole-Grain Tortillas and Whole-Corn Tortillas

CCS: March 26-30

Crackers

Whole-Grain Crackers

No School Dates:

Check out the Breakfast and Lunch Menus complete with Nutrient Analysis on your District’s Website.

Help Wanted! Part Time & Substitute employment opportunities are available through the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Apply at your school district or online on your district’s website. This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

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Meal Prices Willmar Breakfast

Lunch

K-5

Free

$1.90

6-8

Free

$2.05

9-12

$1.25

$2.05

Adult

$1.75

$3.65

Milk

$0.30

$0.30

New London - Spicer Breakfast

Lunch

K

Free

$2.25

1-4

$1.25

$2.25

5-8

$1.35

$2.50

9-12

$1.35

$2.50

Adult

$1.75

$3.65

Milk

$0.30

$0.30

Montevideo Breakfast

Lunch

K-4

Free

$2.15

5-7

Free

$2.25

8-12

$1.35

$2.25

Adult

$1.80

$3.65

Milk

$0.35

$0.35

Community Christian Breakfast

Lunch

K-5

N/A

$2.85

6-8

N/A

$2.85

9-12

N/A

$2.85

Adult

N/A

$3.65

Milk

N/A

$0.30

THE HEALTHY FAMILY VOLUME 13, ISSUE 7

March is National Nutrition Month: "Go Further with Food" is the theme for

2018, and its importance is timely for many reasons. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food", while saving both nutrients and money. K E Y M E S S AG E S : 1. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis. 2. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store. 3. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week. 4. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do. 5. Continue to use good food safety practices. 6. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week. https://www.eatright.org/

Read Across America Day is Celebrated on March 2, 2018 When you read to your child, you’re building their vocabulary, language and literacy skills while improving concentration, curiosity and memory! Did you know if families read together for 20 minutes a day, 7 days a week, they get more than 121 hours of bonding time every year!

https://www.kidcentraltn.com

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