Adam Brumberg, Deputy Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, and Erin Sharp, MS, MAT, Curriculum Designer for the Smarter Lunchrooms National Office, go strategy-by-strategy through the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard, the very popular tool for evaluating any lunchroom's ability to "nudge" students toward making healthier food choices in schools by applying behavioral economics principles. In this 60-minute webinar, they share the rationale behind each research-backed strategy as well as photographs of the strategies in action and tips for implementation. Bonus: This webinar can be used as a training tool!Learning Objectives:
- List the eight sections of the Scorecard
- Understand the rationale behind each of the 60 strategies
- Know how to implement each of the 60 strategies
- Correctly complete the Smarter Lunchroom Scorecard, on paper or online using our online Scorecard Tracker
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by ELIZABETH RENTER It’s that time of year, where we start passing around colds like we pass around the holiday dishes. While there are numerous sources out there for natural cold remedies (garlic, ginger, hydration, etc.), it’s also good to know which foods to avoid while sick or battling a cold. By eliminating these foods, […]
Scientists Verify Folk Medicine: Elderberry Beats the Flu, Prevents Colds, and Strengthens Your Immunity. This is How to Make Your Own Medicine!
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European Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a large plant that is commonly found across Europe, central and western Asia, and northern Africa, with subspecies all over North America. There are several different species of Elderberry. The berries and flowers are used medicinally and are loaded with antioxidants, quercetin, rutin and anthocyanins (a type of flavonoid […]
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by PAUL FASSA The CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) annual Orwellian “flu season” brainwashing fest is about to begin. Flu fear mongering and alarming flu statistics will soon be bombarding the air waves, a massive Big Pharma media marketing blitz masquerading as science with one purpose: to drive the American people to unthinkingly roll up […]
Dennis Murphy (retired 2017) from the Agricultural Safety and Health Program at Penn State University. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agriculture & Biological Engineering, and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Dennis has appointments in extension, research and resident education. Program areas include applied research and education for: agricultural safety and health management, tractor and machinery safety issues; youth safety; methods of modifying farm worker safety behavior; developing hazard analyses tools; and ventilation of confined-space manure pits to reduce risk of entry into the pits.
Dennis has developed numerous extension and research publications, reports and programs, and has been awarded over 20 blue ribbons by the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ASABE) for excellence in their annual educational aids competition. He was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor by Penn State in 2001 and grade of FELLOW by ASABE in 2009. In addition to ASABE, he is an active in the Agricultural Safety & Health Council of America, (ASHCA), the International Society for Agricultural Safety & Health (ISASH), and is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).Contact Information
Michael L. Pate is an associate professor and holds the Nationwide Insurance Endowed Professorship of Agricultural Safety and Health at Penn State University. Michael has appointments in extension, research, and teaching. His program areas include applied research and education for: agricultural and BioRenewable systems safety and health. Michael’s research interests are in the interaction between metacognitive strategies/cognitive information processing theory and safety-related decisions/behaviors of employees. Michael has experience and training in applying cognitive and educational psychology, with specific training in agricultural education. Michael is a member of ASABE, NACTA (National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, and the International Society for Agricultural Safety & Health (ISASH).
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The story we are being told is that Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos was on the 32nd floor of the resort and casino the night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival attack in Las Vegas. The official narrative and timeline have changed twice, but many people hail Campos as a hero regardless because he […]
On April 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the final rule related to meal pattern revisions for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP centers and day care homes must be in compliance with updated meal patterns by October 1, 2017.The key changes to the CACFP meal pattern requirements for infants include:
- The introduction of solid foods is delayed from 4 months of age to 6 months of age (as developmentally appropriate)
- A vegetable and/or fruit must be served at breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack for infants 6 through 11 months old (as developmentally appropriate)
- Juice, cheese food, and cheese spread no longer contribute to the meal pattern; whereas, whole eggs are now creditable
- CACFP centers and day care homes may be reimbursed for meals containing expressed breastmilk or for meals when a mother directly breastfeeds her infant at the child care center or home
Greater variety of vegetables and fruit
- There is a separate vegetable component and a separate fruit component at lunch, supper, and snack
- Juice may be served no more than once per day
More whole grains
- At least one serving of grains must be whole grain-rich each day
- The grain component cannot be fulfilled by grain-based desserts
- Starting in 2019, ounce equivalents will be used to determine the amount of creditable grains instead of “servings.”
More protein options
- Meat and meat alternatives may take the place of grains at breakfast up to three times each week
- Tofu and soy yogurts credit as a meat alternate
Less added sugar and saturated fat
- Yogurt may not contain more than 23 g of sugar per 6 ounces
- Breakfast cereals may not contain more than 6 g of sugar per dry ounce
- Unflavored, whole milk must be served to children 1 year old; unflavored, low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk must be served to children 2 through 5 years old; unflavored low-fat (1%), unflavored fat-free or flavored fat-free milk must be served to children 6 years old and older as well as adults
The updated meal patterns more closely align with the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) meal patterns as well as Women Infant and Children (WIC) guidelines. The meal patterns will help ensure the health of young children and improve the wellness of older adults.Contributor
Ashley Moen, MS, RD, SNS, Colorado Department of EducationSources
United States Department of Agriculture. Food and Nutrition Services. (2017). Questions and Answers on the Updated Meal Pattern Requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. (CACFP 08-2017). Retrieved from https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP08-2017os.pdf
United States Department of Agriculture. Food and Nutrition Services. (2017). Updated Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns: Child and Adult Meals. Retreived from https://fns-prod.azureedge.net/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_MealBP.pdf
Mobile apps—computer applications that run on mobile devices such as smartphones—can be educational, fun, and easy-to-use, and they can help users improve agricultural safety and health. The number of safety and health mobile apps continues to grow in number and functionality. Below is a list of mobile apps that may be useful for agricultural safety and health:Ag Safety Games
- Chicken ROPS Run iOS & Android App: is a fun and challenging arcade-style game with high-quality jet-pack-like game play that emphasizes the value of the tractor Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) in saving farmers from critical injuries, and even loss of life
- Tractor ROPS Run iOS & Android App: This app reinforces principles of safe tractor operation.
- Fun Safety Games: Learn workplace safety skills through a variety of games.
- Keep Clive Alive: Test your reactions as you keep the little blue farmer out of harm’s way.
Ag Safety & Health Apps
- CSP Quiz Game Plus: These quiz games are designed to help industrial hygienists prepare for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals comprehensive exam.
- Decibel 10th: This app turns an Apple mobile device into a sound meter.
- Equipment Inspection Mobile Phone App: Developed by the Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Association (FARSHA), this mobile app was designed to assist agricultural employers in conducting equipment inspections.
- Ezy MSDS Lite: Database for material safety data sheets; enter a product name to find related MSD. (Apple devices)
- FallClear LITE - Fall Arrest Clearance Calculators : This app provides fall arrest clearance calculators, tools for supervisors and workers trained in fall protection.
- FarmPAD Mobile App: This app can be used to store farm records, equipment service logs, and spray records or to take notes and pictures.
- Heat Safety Tool: The US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released this app to enable workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksites and learn about protective measures to reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses.
- Job Safety Analysis: This iPad app was designed for business managers to increase efficiency through a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) or the Safe Work Method Statement.
- Ladder Safety: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released this app to improve extension-ladder safety.
- LightMeter: Easy to use light meter, allowing you to measure lighting levels. (Apple devices)
- Machinery Sizing: This app estimates tractor horsepower to pull implements.
- Material Safety Data Sheets: Database for material safety data sheets; enter a product name to find related MSD. (Android devices)
- NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards for iPad: This app provides a source for general information about industrial hygiene.
- Respiratory Protection Resource: Quick reference guide to identify respiratory protection that may be needed when handling certain chemicals, as well as information on qualitative fit testing of respirators.
- Sound Meter: Easy to use sound meter that measures SPL (sound pressure level) in decibels (db). (Android devices)
- Winter Survival Kit: If you are stranded in severe winter weather, this app can help you find your location, call 911, notify emergency contacts, and calculate how long you can keep a vehicle's engine running to stay warm.
- WorkSafeBC Safety Videos: This app offers access via a mobile device to more than 150 WorkSafeBC workplace safety videos.
- My American Farm: A variety of agricultural based games for all ages.
Ashley Moen is the Summer Food Service Program Administrator at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Office of School Nutrition (OSN). In her role, she works to ensure kids have access to healthy meals during the summer. She is a Registered Dietitian, has a master's degree in nutrition, and is certified as a School Nutrition Specialist. Ashley enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
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by Caroline Cosgrove If you are living with arthritis, there is little that you take for granted. Like getting a good night’s sleep or brushing your teeth, buttoning your pants, tying your shoes… holding your loved ones hand. The acute pain brought on by inflammation of the joints, known as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), is debilitating. […]
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by DANIEL BARKER The chemical PFOA, formerly used in the manufacturing of DuPont’s Teflon, has been found to have contaminated groundwater in many U.S. locations and throughout the world. DuPont began phasing out the use of PFOA (also known as C8) in 2005, after it was revealed that the company had for decades covered up […]
Our new Yamaha
generator is quiet and efficient.
It runs for twelve hours on one tank of gas at a low load --- a few fans, a light or two, and a laptop charger.
The Instant Pot and circular saw work on the generator too, but both run at a slower speed. After the first test, Anna opted to continue cooking on the propane camp stove instead. I kept using my saw.
What can you do when you can’t bring the kids to the farmers market for a field trip? You bring the field trip to the kids! With the support of a grant through the Walmart Foundation, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Brevard County Extension 4-H Youth Development built a “Tiny Market” to teach youth around the county about healthy food choices.
The Tiny Market is portable and allows UF/IFAS to reach more youth in the county at a more cost-effective price tag then offsite field trips. It is a downsized farmers market that sits on the base of a trailer and was constructed by a local contracting company out of wood. It has pull down open air windows that hold produce on both sides.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) medical costs for obese adults total 147 billion dollars. The CDC also states that about 14% of Florida’s adolescents are considered overweight, and 10% are classified as obese(1). Adequate fruit and vegetable consumption is necessary to ensure that adolescents are meeting their dietary requirements while assisting in combatting obesity. To date, adolescents are not eating enough fruits or vegetables, and these trends may continue into adulthood. Farmers markets provide access to fresh, local, in season produce. By exposing youth to farmers’ markets at a young age, they become more familiar with fruits and vegetables and the local resources that are available to them. This, in turn, will allow them to mature in adults who are familiar with local markets and opportunities to obtain fresh produce. As a farmers market on wheels, The Tiny Market, can also reach food deserts and other areas where fresh produce is not available.
Debuting this past summer, The Tiny Market visited 10 sites and reached over 1150 students. The Tiny Market encompassed six hours of 4-H programming for youth, including educational components before and after the market visited. Youth learned about local agriculture through hands on activities. They created beeswax candles, sampled fresh honey, and played produce bingo. They also went on a scavenger hunt to discover new and exciting fruits and vegetable and went "shopping" at the market to choose a fruit or vegetable to bring home and try with their family. After visiting The Tiny Market, students got to prepare a healthy snack using fresh produce.
Upon conclusion of The Tiny Market visit, youth were asked to reflect upon what they learned and how they intend to change their healthy living behaviors. Youth replied that they enjoyed trying new fruits and vegetables and didn’t know what some of the samples they saw were until they saw them at The Tiny Market.
The Tiny Market is booking sites for the next season, with the promise of more opportunities to reach youth and their families to teach about preparing healthy snacks and making wiser choices. UF/IFAS Extension 4-H provide hands-on, multidimensional approaches to combatting obesity. The Tiny Market is just one facet of what Extension has to offer.Contributor
Vanessa Spero-Swingle, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Brevard County Extension
CDC, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. Florida State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile.
Building and maintaining a garden can seem like an expensive project, but with some careful planning, it doesn’t have to cost much at all. Whether you work with a school that could benefit from a garden or you are the parent that wants to start a garden at home or help start a garden at school, consider the following tips that will make gardening affordable.1. Plan ahead
Careful planning can save a great deal of money by preventing the overbuying of seeds and tools. Think about what vegetables or herbs your school or family will enjoy, and stick to those5. Additionally, if you don’t own many tools, you can avoid buying some equipment by choosing plants that don’t require many tools to grow. The tools you will needs for basic gardening are a shovel, bucket, garden hose, rake and gloves. Potatoes, radishes, and kale are a few great vegetables that are simple to grow 2. Some herbs that are light on equipment needs include mint, lemon balm, thyme, rosemary, and sage. If you want to start off with plants that are even simpler, basil, coriander, parsley, and chili pepper are herbs that grow nicely in pots on a windowsill2. Check out this Kids Gardening Website and Growing Guide6 for further growing information, as well as this School, Community, & Home Gardening Resource Guide4 for additional resources.
Once you decide what you want to grow, carefully map out your garden so you know exactly how much you need to get your garden started.2. Make friends who garden
Making friends who garden can extend your budget and make gardening more enjoyable. Before you shop, see if any friends have extra seeds, tools, or even space in their garden beds for you to share. If you are reluctant to start your own garden bed this season, see if sharing garden space with a neighbor is an option. Have seed swapping gatherings where fellow gardeners can bring extra seeds to swap and share, and help foster connections that will bring your garden community closer together.3. Start with seeds, not seedlings
Seedlings can appear to be a convenient option, but you will get much more bang for your buck if you grow from seeds. For example, a pack of six lettuce seedlings will cost anywhere from $3 to $6, whereas a pack containing 500 lettuce seeds will cost less than $31. SNAP Benefits can be used for purchasing seeds as well. For plants that don’t grow well from seeds, you can ask your friends that garden if you can take a cutting from their already-grown plants. Simply cut a few pencil-width sticks from it, plant them in moist perlite and you should see roots and leaves start to grow within a few weeks to a few months1. Perlite is an amorphous volcanic glass that has a relatively high water content, typically formed by the hydration of obsidian. It occurs naturally and has the unusual property of greatly expanding when heated sufficiently. Most shrubs, many trees, and almost all perennials are easily grown from cuttings1. Learn more about growing from cuttings here3.4. Buy used tools & get free ones too
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. You can likely find many handy gardening tools at your local Re-Use center or at neighborhood garage sales. You can also try looking on Freecycle, a website where members of your local community can choose to give away things for free and where you can request items you are looking for2.5. Grow organic
You can save money by avoiding chemical pesticides and fertilizers which may also be detrimental to you and your family’s health5. Compost works great as a natural fertilizer. To learn more about how to fertilize and protect your garden from insects, read Why Natural Insect Control Works Better and A Quick and Easy Guide to Homemade Organic Fertilizer5.Contributors
Maya George and Tisa Hill, Cornell University, Division of Nutritional SciencesSources
1. Barth, Brian (2016). 10 Smart Ways to Garden on a Budget. Modern Farmer. Retrieved from https://modernfarmer.com/2016/02/gardening-ideas-on-a-budget/
2. (2012) Cheap Gardening Tips for Beginners: Saving and Making Money. Lovemoney. Retrieved from https://www.lovemoney.com/guides/539/cheap-gardening-for-beginners
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5. Siegele, Lindsey (2010). Gardening on a Budget: 7 Tips for Success. Mother Earth News. Retrieved from: https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/gardening-on-a-budget
6. Vegetable Growing Guides. Explore Cornell – Home Gardening – Introduction, Cornell University. Retrieved from: http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/scene0391.html
There are many fun ways to celebrate special events in schools. Check out these ideas.For Birthday Fun:
What a teacher can do:
- Make a crown, button, sign or banner for the birthday child.
- Allow the student to pick a book and ask a parent, principal or special person in the child’s life to come and read it.
- Have the birthday child be the special helper or line leader for the day.
What a parent/caregiver can do:
- Check with your child’s teacher if you would like to bring in a special snack for a celebration.
- Provide a healthy snack like fruit, mini-muffins, low-fat popcorn or yogurt parfaits instead of cookies, cupcakes or ice cream.
- Give small “goody bags” to the classroom made up of fun items like pencils, erasers, temporary tattoos, stickers, crayons or other inexpensive items.
- Instead of a special snack, suggest a special activity or craft that you could make with the class.
- Give a small gift to the classroom in honor of your child. Check with the classroom teacher to see if there are any special wanted or needed items.
- Donate a book to the library in your child’s name.
- Allow the class to have a few extra minutes of outside time.
- Have a dance party or find a different activity to promote exercise.
- Provide parents with healthy ideas for birthdays and other classroom celebrations.
- List only healthy items on the snack or party sign-up sheet.
For more healthy celebration resources, click here!Contributor
Sarah Pechar, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schenectady CountySources & For more information Healthy Celebrations: Promoting a Healthy School Food Environment Healthy School Celebrations
up with the basics --- food, water, a spot to use the bathroom, and
staying up to date on our computer work ---
engrossed us for most of the first week. But the ground had been so
parched that when it started raining, I couldn't
resist running out to explore our new domain.
Living so close to the
road has taken some getting used to. But as soon as I slipped down over
the hill, humanity disappeared in very short order.
neighbors have told us that this area was a dairy farm roughly a
Sure enough, the trees are mostly the same age once you pass beyond the
easiest-to-reach areas. There are scads of sugar maples, quite a few
beeches, a tulip-tree or two, and even a few oaks. This is in stark
contrast to life on top (our new core homestead) where honey locusts
new property consists of a series of plateaus separated by steep banks.
Following the deer trails, it wasn't too hard to get around, although
the walk back up had me huffing and puffing by the end. But I'll
definitely be coming back to my new favorite spot --- an outcropping of
rocks beside a wet-weather creek.
I actually only made it halfway through the property --- our land goes up the other side past the creek too. But I want to follow a topo map when I head further afield. I'll save that expedition for the next time it rains!
After the creation of our meringue apple pie, my kids have been obsessed with the thought of meringue anything. This week I was making up a batch of homemade hollandaise sauce and had a bunch of egg whites to use up. Well, what better to do with those egg whites than to make some delicious meringue cookies. Since it’s October, we decided to make them into ghostly meringue cookies for fun!
- 5 pastured egg whites
- 1 1/2 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Cane Sugar
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Enjoy Life Semi-sweet Chocolate Mini Chips (for painting the ghosts — we like this brand because they are dairy, gluten, and soy free)
- Preheat oven to 210°F.
- Put the salt in with the whites and beat with a hand mixer until they start to foam up.
- Slowly add the sugar while continuing to mix on high.
- Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Put mixture into a plastic bag and snip the bottom corner off, to make a piping bag.
- Pipe meringue onto parchment covered baking sheets.
- Bake at 210°F for 40 minutes or until firm.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Melt chocolate chips over low heat in a small pot, add cream to thin down if necessary.
- Using a small paintbrush (never used for actual paint) or a toothpick to paint the faces on the meringues so they look like ghosts.
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