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Nutrition Standards for USDA School Nutrition Programs impacting menus this fall

Tue, Aug 14th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Local schools, Fillmore Central, Mabel-Canton and Chatfield will be effected by the following school lunch changes.

School meals across the country will take a more healthy approach this fall when new USDA requirements take effect. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), administered by the USDA, released new meal and nutrition standards in January 2012 - the first major update in 15 years. This is good news for over 32 million children who will benefit from the requirements, which are designed to improve the health and nutrition of students while helping maintain a healthy weight. The changes are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed by congress and championed by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Let’s Move campaign.

Fruits and Vegetables

•Students will be offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week, doubling the amount currently offered.

•Each student must have at least 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetable on their tray as part of their meal.

•Vegetable categories offered each week will be: 3/4 cup orange or red vegetable, 1/2 cup dark green, 1/2 cup starchy vegetable (green peas, corn, white potatoes), 1/2 cup dried bean/peas (legume).


•At least half of the grains offered will be whole grain-rich


•Non-flavored milk offerings are limited to 1% or skim (fat-free). All flavored milk, when offered, must be fat-free.

Caloric Level

•Minimum and maximum calorie levels are specified depending on the age of the student. The new age groupings are grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Other Standards

•All menu items will be trans fat-free. There also will be limits on saturated fat and sodium.

Taher’s Food 4 Life Healthy Eating Initiative

For over 31 years Taher has been committed to menu enhancements for school nutrition programs. For the past several years, Taher has worked to implement healthier options and offerings into our menus and programs. As a result, we are well on our way to meeting the new requirements. With the launch of our Food 4 Life initiative in 2007, we became one of the nation’s largest food service companies to remove trans fats from school nutrition menus. With the leadership of our Nutrition and Wellness Department and our Chef Council, we bring great tasting, healthful foods and innovative p .....
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Free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screening offered in Mabel

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

FCPH is partnering with Green Lea Manor and the UCare Fund to host a free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening at the Nursing Home Health Fair scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, 2012, from 7:00 to 10:00 AM. Green Lea Manor is located a ..... 
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Raw Treats

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

I have a serious weakness for cookies, as I have probably mentioned before. I have found so many delicious recipes the past few years that I love to make and share with other people. But I really do not want to turn my oven on in this weather. And ..... 
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Carver creates art from nature

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By: Wendy Wilson Wood chips scatter across the table like droplets of water skipping from a fountain, spilling onto the floor. Tom Severson looks at a piece of wood, envisioning it in another form. Severson, 56, an IBM retiree living in Rochester, ..... 
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An active senior, an active citizen

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Muriel Hanson of Preston, Minn. is a woman on the go. She is involved in many activities, both socially and through volunteering. When asked her age, Muriel said she is 79, and then added, “Can I be that old?!” Looking at her schedule, you would ..... 
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Health officials urge Minnesotans to take steps to prevent illness from swimming this summer

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

odies can make people sick; action steps can prevent illness As temperatures rise and Minnesotans flock to swim at their favorite beaches and pools, state health officials are reminding residents of steps they can take to help prevent recreational ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 50 units

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 2, 2012, succeeded in collecting 50 units of blood. There were 53 donors that presented and six first-time participants. Congratulations to these two donors who reached the following milestones: Marilyn D ..... 
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2012 4-H Summer Olympics Day Camp!

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Come experience the 2012 4-H Summer Olympics where kids can learn about the Olympics, compete in their own Olympic trials, build crafts, play games, and have a lot of fun! This is for anyone grades 3-4 and will be held on Wednesday, August 8th from ..... 
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Rushford gets kids biking safely

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

It’s been nearly 20 years since Rushford has held a bike safety clinic for its young people. This past Wednesday, thanks to tenacious part-time Rushford police officer Chris Frick, the community once again saw kids practicing the basics on the sch ..... 
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