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June 25, 2012

Schools Teams Learn to Cook Meals that Follow New Federal Dietary Guidelines

Teams of Vermont student cooks will be showing off their culinary skills, preparing recipes that use local ingredients while meeting the new Federal Dietary Guidelines of America (DGA) as part of a three-day summer program being held this week at Shelburne Farms.

Teams from K-6 schools in Richmond, Hinesburg, Ferrisburgh, Vergennes, Salisbury, West Rutland, Sharon, Barre City, Swanton, and Danby were welcomed today to the Summer Program of the 2012-2013 Nutrition Education Institute at Shelburne Farms by the Vermont Department of Education (VT DOE), Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED), and the School Nutrition Association of Vermont (SNA-VT).

On Tuesday, June 26th the real activity will begin in the Coach Barn at 10:30 a.m. as each team prepares a recipe that meets the new Federal DGA using both local ingredients and commodity foods. The Team Cooking Activity promises to be an entertaining and lively event full of slicing, dicing, mixing, and measuring.

The three-day summer event is part of the Institute’s year-long program designed to provide in-depth training in food and nutrition education, to combat rising rates of obesity and diet-related illness among children, and to support Vermont schools in achieving Healthier U.S. School Challenge Awards (HUSSC), which are part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign.

This year’s three-day event at Shelburne Farms marks the beginning of a nutrition education program that will lead to long-term goals for each team and school. The Institute was funded by a USDA Team Nutrition grant awarded to the VT DOE in collaboration with Vermont FEED and SNA-VT. The grant provides mentoring throughout the 2012-2013 academic year and all the teams will reconvene next summer to help develop a Guide to Vermont Food and Nutrition Best Practices.

For more information, contact Anne Bijur at VT FEED at (802) 923-6101 or abijur@shelburnefarms.org; Laurie Colgan at VT DOE at (802) 828-5153; or Kathy Alexander at SNA-VT at (802) 453-2333, ext.1004.

Source: Department of Education
Last Updated at: June 25, 2012 15:38:56