Success is a (Healthy Diet) Choice

The new food pyramid emphasizes eating a variety of foods and exercising regularly.
The new food pyramid emphasizes eating a variety of foods and exercising regularly.

Good nutrition is critical to a child’s mental development and academic performance. Students can’t concentrate in class or study effectively if they are staving off hunger with empty calories from junk food, but changing unhealthy eating habits takes education and effort. CCSC was recognized last spring by the Cambridge Public Health Department for our nutrition education programs, and we are excited to announce two new initiatives that complement our efforts to ensure that all CCSC students get the nutrition they need for good health and academic success.

Mid-Morning Snack Program: Starting this year, students may bring a snack from home to eat during DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), the all-school silent reading period, which takes place every morning except Wednesday from 9:53-10:23 AM. Snacks must be from a pre-approved list of nutritious foods (pack a piece of fruit or a string cheese, not a bag of chips!). School Nurse Pamela Bajada and Director of Guidance and Counseling Vanessa Barrios designed the new snack program to help students keep their energy levels up through CCSC’s long morning of classes.

“Even with a school breakfast program in place, we know that some students have trouble staying alert and focused until lunch period because they haven’t eaten well enough in the morning. We think the snack program will help show them that they can get a longer-lasting energy boost from snacking on healthy foods that aren’t full of sugar and salt,” says Ms. Barrios.

General Tso's Chicken Makeover (see recipe below)
General Tso’s Chicken Makeover (see recipe below)

Monthly Recipe from Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen: Our school breakfast and lunch caterer, Sidekim Foods, is partnering with the popular Meal Makeover Moms’ website to offer a healthy, kid-friendly meal each month and to make the recipes available to families to try cooking at home. “The goal of our partnership is to introduce students to new and nutritious foods at school and to encourage healthful eating habits at home. Every month, parents will be able to visit our website and download the monthly Meal Makeover Moms’ recipe,” says Sidekim Foods’ registered dietitian, Audrey Young, MS, RD.

The Meal Makeover Moms, Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD and Liz Weiss, MS, RD, are the authors of two cookbooks, No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms and The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeovers, Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time. They also co-host the Cooking with the Moms podcast.

Recipe for General Tso’s Chicken with Broccoli by the Meal Makeover Moms.

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