4-Week Nutrition, Health and Wellness Online Courses Start October 3rd

School nutrition is constantly evolving and JSI wants to make sure you and your schools are equipped with the latest information and tools to make each year, a healthy and successful one. Starting October 3rd, Framingham State University is screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-1-45-14-pmoffering three 4-week online professional development courses that earn you graduate and continuing education credits and provide you with highly relevant information to create safe and nutritious environments in your schools.

With the convenience of online learning, each course costs $197 and will run from October 3 – October 28, 2016. For those looking for continuing education credits, each course provides 22.5 PDPs for Teachers, 15 PD hours for School Nutrition professionals or 15 CPEUs for Registered Dietitians.

The October courses you can register for include:

  • Diabetes in Schools: An overview of diabetes and its impact in schools for teachers, school nutrition directors, school nurses and other school professionals. Topics addressed in this course include: basic understanding of type 1 and type 2 diabetes; dietary management of diabetes and basic carbohydrate counting; and strategies to create a safe environment for students with diabetes. Participants will explore available resources to promote nutrition, physical activity, and student safety. PRDV #: 7321
  • Hydration and Beverages: An overview of hydration including basic requirements and guidelines for children and adolescents, and hydration needs for student athletes. Topics addressed in the course include: the current beverage environment; common ingredients and additives; beverage guidelines for schools; and the role of beverage marketing and beverages in the school environment. PRDV #: 71021
  • Sweet Solutions: An overview of sugar and non-nutritive sweeteners including guidelines and recommendations for children and adolescents. Topics include: types of sugar and non-nutritive sweeteners, including information about safety; the use of these products in the current food supply; updates on food marketing to children as it relates to sugar; and efforts to reduce sugar consumption in the US and the school environment. The course is intended for school nutrition professionals, teachers, administrators, and school nurses. PRDV #: 70325

To view these courses please visit www.framingham.edu/opdce. Scroll down to the “Nutrition, Health & Wellness” section to view each syllabus and course information.

To register online, simply scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the “Registration” button.  You can also print the registration form and send it to Paula Hogard, Director of Continuing Professional Education and Workforce Development, FSU, 100 State St., PO Box 9101, Framingham, MA, or fax it to 508-626-4030.

 

 

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Continues to Spread in Massachusetts

With funding and enthusiastic support from the Office for Food and Nutrition Programs at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI) is pleased to extend the Smarter Lunchrooms initiative to 25 new schools across the Commonwealth for the 2016-2017 school year. Since May 2015, over 50 Massachusetts schools joined and successfully participated in this program.

The 25 participating schools will receive hands-on technical assistance from a Smarter Lunchrooms Certified Coach. The coach will visit each school and provide:

  • One 3-hour initial visit to complete a Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard. During this visit, the coach will take photos of the current lunch set-up, present a 30-minute Smarter Lunchrooms training for staff and work with each school to create a Smarter Lunchrooms plan of action.
  • One 2-hour follow-up visit to repeat the Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard and take follow-up pictures of all lunch service changes. The coach will also collect production records and help evaluate each school’s success.

The 2015-2016 program’s success is encouraging as the next wave of this program is about to begin for more Massachusetts schools. For the 2015-2016 program, on average, Smarter Lunchrooms scores increased by 30 percent, fruit sales increased by 9 percent and vegetable sales increased by 51 percent.

To achieve these results, schools implemented simple changes in how they presented food and educated students on healthy food options. Schools used creative engagement tools such as labeling daily fruit options with innovative names, designed signage to call attention to healthy selections and used student surveys to inform future recipe development. Take a look at a few of the low-cost Smarter Lunchroom strategies implemented by schools in Massachusetts.

Whole fruit options are displayed in attractive bowl or baskets at Litwin Elementary School in Chicopee, MA.

Whole fruit options are displayed in attractive bowl or baskets at Litwin Elementary School in Chicopee, MA.

Student groups are involved in creation of artwork promoting menu items at Barrows Elementary School in Reading, MA.

Student groups are involved in creation of artwork promoting menu items at Barrows Elementary School in Reading, MA.

Milton High School in Milton, MA dedicates a menu board to feature the next day’s menu to get students excited about food options.

Milton High School in Milton, MA dedicates a menu board to feature the next day’s menu to get students excited about food options.

To find additional information about Smarter Lunchrooms, please visit this post from the USDA blog and these useful links in JSI’s Smarter Lunchrooms category in the JSI Resource Center.