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Free Summer Meals

Lunch is being served across California this summer. Join us to fuel your summer! Lunch is free to all kids 18 years and under. To find a location near you text “food” to 877-877 or call 2-1-1.

Click here for times and locations.

March is National Nutrition Month

 

 

 

 

 

Eat from All Food Groups

MyPlate, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and food labels can help you create a healthy eating plan that includes a variety of foods from all food groups.

Learn more at https://sm.eatright.org/aboutDGA

Free Summer Meals

Click here for EGUSD's summer meal sites

Lunch is being served across California this summer. Join us to fuel your summer! Lunch is free to all kids 18 years and under. To find a location near you text “food” to 877-877, call 2-1-1 or download the “Ca Meals for Kids” app.

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Picnic at the Capital – Summer Meals Kick-Off

Join us on the West Steps of the Capital on Tuesday, May 22, for a fun educational celebration.  Elk Grove Unified School District Food and Nutrition Services is part of a coalition that provides meals to kids during the summer.  This event is open to the public.  #MillionMeals

Health Tips for 2018

Eat Breakfast: Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables.

Make Half of Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables: Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal.

Watch Portion Sizes: Get out the measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size. Remember to use half of your plate for fruits and vegetables and the other half for grains and lean protein foods.

Why Family Meals Matter

Studies show about the positive, lifelong benefits of family meals. Regular family meals are linked to higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and weight, and less risky behavior. Family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, to fight obesity and substance abuse and to make families stronger. Join the movement this September and pledge to share one more meal at home per week with your family. Find more information on why family meals matter here.

Additional Resources: 

Family Meal Planning + Recipes

Healthy Classroom Tips–Make a Family Connection

Healthy Eating for Busy Families Booklet

 

Summer Meals

Lunch will be served in several locations this summer while school is out of session. Meals are free to all kids 18 years old or younger. Click here for times and locations.

March is National Nutrition Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During National Nutrition Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” by making small, healthy shifts in food choices when cooking at home.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making small changes to eating patterns to include healthier ingredients while cooking at home. Choosing a variety of healthful foods across and within all food groups helps reduce the risk of preventable, lifestyle-related chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Evidence shows that making dietary and lifestyle changes can prevent diseases before they occur.  During National Nutrition Month and beyond, make small, healthier food choices – one forkful at a time.

Everyone is encouraged to eat more of these foods:

  • Vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans, peas and others
  • Fruits, especially whole fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Fat-free or low-fat dairy including milk, yogurt, cheese and fortified soy beverages
  • Protein foods including seafood, lean meats, poultry, nuts, soy products, beans and peas
  • Oils including canola, corn, olive, peanut, sunflower and soy

As part of National Nutrition Month, the Academy’s website includes articles, recipes, videos and educational resources to spread the message of good nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. Consumers can also follow National Nutrition Month on Facebook and Twitter (#NationalNutritionMonth).

Raising Healthy Eaters – Part 3

Get Kids Involved in Nutrition

This one is fun for everyone and it can happen anywhere — your kitchen, the grocery store or a community garden. Every trip through the supermarket can be a nutrition lesson. Kids can learn to categorize food into groups: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein foods. They can choose new foods they want to try, including picking out a new fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruit each trip. As children get older, they can help plan the menu at home and then pick out the foods to match the menu items while shopping.

Nutrition is just one of many reasons to have a garden. The process of planting, watching over and harvesting a garden provides daily opportunities for children to learn valuable lessons and enjoy physical activity, while reaping the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor.

Raising Healthy Eaters – Part 2

Make Family Meal Times a Priority

Sometimes a very simple act can have important, long-lasting benefits. According to parenting and health experts, that is exactly the case with family meal times. Eating and talking together helps:

  • Foster family unity.
  • Prevent behavior problems at home and school.
  • Enhance academic success.
  • Improve nutrition.
  • Promote healthy weight for kids.

With that impressive list of benefits, it’s worth making the time and effort to enjoy more family meal times each week. Look for easy ways to add just one family meal to the schedule. If evenings seem too hectic for family dinners, set aside time for a weekend breakfast or lunch. After a month or two of this new pattern, you can add another family meal each week. Before you know it, you will be eating together on most days.

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