January: Whole Grains Make a Difference
Whole grains provide health-energizing nutrients that are found in the bran (fiber) and germ. White bread (or refined grain) only provides the endosperm (starch or carbohydrates) and is not as nutrient dense. Choose whole grains every day to energize your health.
Our school meals serve nutrient rich whole grains every day and many of them are grown and milled in the Spokane area. When you see the following on the menu, your child is eating whole grains:
- Buns/ bread
- Pizza crust
- Pancakes/ Waffles
- Cereals/ oatmeal
- Flour tortillas
- Tortilla chips
- Brown rice
November & December: Go, Slow & Whoa Foods
Make healthy choices for a lifetime of fun!
Choose more "Go" foods that are lower in calories, higher in nutrients and help you build an awesome body that is always ready for fun! Go foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat dairy items, and lean proteins like chicken, fish, and beans.
"Slow" foods are low in nutrients and higher in added fat, sugar, and calories. "Whoa" foods are the highest in added fat, sugar, and calories. If you have a Whoa food, choose a smaller portion and limit how often you have it (For example, once or twice a month).
October: Fuel Up To Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) is a leading national in-school health and wellness program launched by the National Football League and National Dairy Council, which was founded by America's dairy farmers, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture. Fuel Up to Play 60's primary focus is to help schools meet their wellness goals and encourage youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Healthy choices for your family with MyPlate! Eat from all five food groups every day. Think variety!
- Focus on fruits (vitamins C & A, fiber)
- Vary your veggies! (vitamins A & C, potassium, folate, fiber)
- Make half of your grains whole grains! (fiber)
- Choose lean protein (iron)
- Dairy for strong bones and teeth! (calcium, vitamin D)
Students learn about MyPlate in fitness and health, and are offered foods from the five groups at school lunch every day. This helps connect the classroom to the cafeteria to enforce healthy eating habits.