March Promotions

March is National Nutrition MonthMarch is National Nutrition Month!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Eat Right, Bite by Bite."

Nutrition doesn't have to be overwhelming. Small changes can have a cumulative effect!

Here are some tips for healthful eating:

1. Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day. Did you know that oranges have different nutrients than grapes? Eating a variety of nutritious foods every day ensures you get all the nutrients you need. Our cafeterias offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and milk every day to ensure students are getting these varied nutrients.

2. Include healthful food from all food groups. The average American consumes too much meat and processed grains, and too few fruits, vegetables, milk, and whole grains. Students can take each of the five food groups with every meal and are encouraged to choose fruits and veggies each day.

3. Practice portion control. Ever wonder why the cafeteria only serves one slice of pizza with a meal? It's alright to enjoy indulgent foods every now and then, but it's best to enjoy them in moderation and fill the rest of your plate with fruits, veggies, and milk. This will keep you full without over-doing it.

4. Plan your meals each week. Use our Menus to decide which days your students will eat in the cafeteria and plan the rest of the week's menus from there. This often reduces last minute drive-thru decisions. Learn more info on menu planning here.

5. Use a grocery list to shop for healthful foods. Lists save you money by limiting impulse purchases and ensures you have healthy foods available.
Enjoy healthful eating at school and at work.

6. Enjoy healthful eating at school and at work. Whether you pack or buy lunches, including fruits, vegetables, and milk in your meals is important for overall health. Even if your child prefers mom's sandwich with the crusts cut off, the cafeterias always have fruits, vegetables, and milk that can be purchased a la carte to ensure their meal is complete!

7. Practice proper home food safety. Did you know that you're not supposed to thaw meat on the counter? Our cafeterias take food safety very seriously, and avoid these top ten common food safety mistakes!

8. Share meals together as a family. Enjoying family meals at home can be rewarding, cost-effective, and healthful!

Read Across America: March 2, 2020

Read Across America in MarchStudents in Hamilton County Schools will join millions of their peers across the country to participate in the annual Read Across America Day on March 2, 2020. To celebrate the fun and value of reading, our elementary school cafeterias will be serving a Dr. Seuss-themed menu on March 2, which is also Dr. Seuss's birthday!


Dr. Seuss-Themed Serving Line


Students will be enjoying:

  • Breakfast: Green eggs and ham (no artificial dyes used)
  • Lunch: Pot Roast Beast, Truffula Broccoli Trees, Who Hash Potatoes, and more!

Check with your elementary student's school for Read Across America activities going on in their school! Here are some other events going on that week:

Staff Dressed in Cat-in-the-Hat Costumes

National School Breakfast Week: March 2-6, 2020

School Breakfast is Out of this WorldTo encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Hamilton County Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 2-6, 2020.

Students at participating schools who eat breakfast the week of March 2-6, 2020 will be entered in a drawing to win prizes, which include:

  • Grand Prize: Nintendo Switch (1)
  • Second Prize: Movie Tickets for Two (24)
  • Third Prize: iTunes Gift Card (24)

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math

  • Score higher on standardized tests

  • Have better concentration and memory

  • Be more alert

  • Maintain a healthy weight

 The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Out of This World,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. School nutrition professionals and students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 2-6 as the district celebrates with special menus, cafeteria events, prizes, and more.

The “Out of This World” campaign is made possible by the School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s®. We are grateful for the prize donations by Schwan’s Food Service and Cool School Café.

Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk using the hashtag #NSBW20.

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