Monday, October 22, 2012

District Nutrition Guidelines

Attached is a letter explaining the District position on updated nutrition guidelines.

Bedford School District
Nutritional Guidelines and Standards
Parties, Celebrations, and Meetings

The Bedford School District believes that all food available at school can make a positive contribution to students’ diet and health.  Instead of foods with minimal nutritional value, we will use healthy snack options for parties, celebrations, and meetings.  We can also chose alternatives for celebrating that do not involve food.   More information is available at *Curriculum * Wellness.

Healthy Options for Shared Snacks
·      We will choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, lactose-free and soy beverages or foods made from them.
·      If we choose packaged foods, we will follow these standards for each portion:
o      Less than 200 calories;
o      Less than 35% of total calories from fat;
o      Less than 10% of calories from saturated fats;
o      Zero trans fat;
o      Less than 35% of calories from total sugars; and
o      Less than 200 mg sodium.
·      For beverages, we will choose water, low fat or fat free milk, 100% fruit juice, or low-sodium 100% vegetable juice.

·      Individual fruits—apples, pears, oranges.
·      Fruit cups packed in juice or water.
·      Vegetables—baby carrots, broccoli, edamame.
·      Dried fruits—raisins, apricots, cherries.
·      Low-fat, low-salt, whole-grain crackers or chips.
·      Whole-grain, low-sugar cereals.
·      100% whole-grain mini bagels.
·      8-oz servings of low-fat, fruit-flavored yogurt with less than 30 g of total sugars.
·      8-oz servings of low-fat or nonfat chocolate or strawberry milk with less than 22 g of total sugars.
·      Low-sodium, whole-grain bars
Examples of Items that Do Not Meet the Standards
·      Potato chips or pretzels with too much sugar or salt (i.e., exceeding the values listed above).
·      Cheese crackers with too much fat or sodium.
·      Breakfast or granola bars with too much fat or sugar.
·      Ice cream products with too much fat or sugar.
·      Cake, cupcakes, or cookies with too much sugar or salt.
·      Fortified sports drinks or fortified water.
·      Gum, licorice, or candy.
·      Fruit smoothies with added sugar.
·      Regular colas or sodas with sugar or caffeine.

Birthday Celebrations:  The teacher will select which option a classroom follows:
·      Option 1: On a student’s birthday, the class can celebrate with non-food items such as a certificate or special privileges for the day.
·      Option 2: Classrooms can have monthly celebrations, scheduled by the teacher, for all the students with a birthday in that month. 

Food Rewards: We will not use food as a student reward unless it is a necessary and integral part of the curriculum.

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