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The foodservice department at Tulsa Public Schools was experiencing dramatic operating losses in the mid 1990s. Program costs were increasing faster than revenues and a substantial deficit was looming. TPS partnered with Sodexo to revitalize the school meal program for its growing student population.

A District Administration web seminar digest

School administrators across the country are working hard to offer healthy and attractive choices in snacks and beverages. Still, concerns persist about meeting nutrition guidelines, getting community support, winning student acceptance and maintaining revenue. Our speakers, Kate Lampel Link and Christy Manso, both from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, provide valuable insight for addressing such concerns in this edited digest of our web seminar.

Facing budget pressures and intense competition for students, today’s colleges require innovative technology solutions, especially in the arena of online education and self-service to tech-savvy, time-constrained students. Huertas Junior College in Caguas, Puerto Rico is no exception.

In 1997, The Dannon Company and leaders in the nutrition community created the Dannon Institute, an independent, non-profit foundation with a focused mission: to promote research, education and communication about the link between nutrition and good health. Leaders in nutrition-related fields and executives from The Dannon Company make up the Dannon Institute’s Board of Directors.

Approximately 17% of children and teens age 6 to 19 are overweight, based on 2005-06 data.

Overweight adolescents have a 70% to 80% chance of remaining overweight and becoming obese adults.

Overweight children are likely to have at least one medical complication, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease or sleep apnea (shallow or interrupted breathing).

Excess weight is more common among certain ethnic groups, including Mexican-American and non-Hispanic black children.

A conversation with Richard A. Abramson, M.Ed., Superintendent, School Union 42, Readfield, Maine.

A discussion with Leslie Lytle, Ph.D., R.D., Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota.

The Spring Independent School District serves about 34,000 students in 32 campuses in a diverse and growing district near Houston. The district’s school wellness policy covers nutrition guidelines for foods, nutrition education, physical activity and school-based activities.


Do the kids in your district need to increase their activity levels? Here are five creative ways to get them moving:

--Encourage teachers to include physical activities for students of all abilities in learning exercises, like nature walks and outdoor scavenger hunts.


Tricky “Curriki”

Thanks for mentioning in Kurt Dyrli’s blog (Product Posts, Aug. 6, 2008) about “free, open source ? curricula?” As pointed out in Dyrli’s blog, there are challenges to this innovative approach to educational content, most notably:


School Blast from the Past