Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Healthy Foods

Dear Parents,

Because our minds can be elsewhere during this trying time, I thought it might be helpful to send this quick reminder.  When we get back from vacation, we will begin following the new district policy about the food we bring to share with other students at parties, celebrations and meetings during the school day.  The policy does not apply to snacks students bring for themselves or to activities held before or after school hours.

If you choose packaged or processed foods, check out the label to make sure each serving has:
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 fats;
o   Less than 35% of calories from total sugars; and
o   Less than 200 mg sodium.     
Or to keep it simple, choose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and/or fat-free and low-fat milk or milk products*
Please keep in mind that we are all learning how to understand these guidelines and to make healthier choices.  We will figure out how it works over time.  To help, we have begun posting ideas and examples at www.sau25.net ==> Curriculum ==> Wellness.   During the spring semester, we will update this website with more ideas.  If you have one, please share it with us!

Thank you for your patience and commitment as we work towards this goal together.



* This includes lactose-free and soy beverages and foods made from them.

P.S.  Remember that the policy does not apply to snacks students bring for themselves or to foods and beverages at activities held before or after school hours.  It does require that we share healthy foods and beverages during the school day.


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