JSI Hosts Webinar!

On February 6th, 2013, JSI hosted the first webinar for the SNA of Mass. Nutrition Committee. The webinar offered a Q&A session for nutrition questions related to the new federal meal pattern. This convenient way of sharing information was well attended – with about 75 school nutrition professionals across the state joining in on the session.  The presenters also answered live questions from the participants.

Here are some photos of the SNA of Mass Nutrition Committee working behind the scenes at the webinar:

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Here is a sneak peak at the technology classroom where the webinar took place at Framingham State University:

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A special thanks to Karen McGrail and Clair Waterbury for making this first webinar such a great success!

Did you miss the webinar? Dont worry the webinar is now posted on the members only page on the School Nutrition Association website.  After opening the link to the recorded webinar you will be prompted to “Open” the file then select “Run” to launch the application from Blackboard Collaborate. The power point presentation from the webinar is also posted here!

Stay tuned for more webinars!


Braintree Tackles Food Allergies

On January 31st, Anna Tourkakis, an “expert” presenter on food allergies led the JSI Food Allergy training at Braintree High School.  School food service employees from Braintree and neighboring towns joined together for this Workshop to Go.  The training covered the difference between food allergies and food intolerances, foods that commonly cause allergies, how to read labels for potential allergic ingredients, and other strategies to manage food allergies at school.

The participants had great questions throughout the workshop and really enjoyed the presentation.

Check out the pictures from the training!


 Anna leading the food allergy training in Braintree

Groups working together during the presentation


Do you have students in your school district with food allergies?  The Food Allergy workshop is a part of JSI’s Workshops to Go series, bringing training right to your school. JSI also has a NEW! online food allergies training which is a convenient online alternative to the face to face training!   Don’t miss out on these training opportunities, and more…on the JSI wesbite!

Looking for more information on food allergies? Check out the online resources on food allergies in the JSI Resource Center.


Massachusetts Menu Planning Project 2012-2013

On January 24th and 25th The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition (JSI), in conjunction with the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Nutrition, Health and Safety (ESE) convened an expert panel at Framingham State University to design a four-week cycle menu for the Massachusetts Menu Planning Project.  The new menu was created using the lunch preferences from an online survey of students in grades K-12 from across the Commonwealth. The survey was used to determine what students did and did not like about the lunches being served at their schools.  Members of the panel used the data from the survey results along with the new school nutrition regulatory requirements to develop a menu that will be both tasty and appealing to students. Keeping the student’s wants and needs in mind while creating this menu is important to encourage participation in the school nutrition program, as well as to allow more students to leave the school cafeteria satisfied!

Through the Massachusetts Menu Planning Project school districts will have a resource to implement a 4-week cycle menu that meets federal regulations. The menu cycle streamlines the challenges of planning menus and incorporates recipes, student preferences, and support the nutrition needs of students in Massachusetts schools.”

Katie Millett, Executive Director, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Nutrition, Health and Safety

The expert panel was made up of  representatives from the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, school nutrition directors, menu planning consultants, the JSI team, as well as stakeholders from , Project Bread, Action for Healthy Kids, United States Department of Agriculture, MA Department of Public Health and the New England Dairy Council.

Over the upcoming weeks, the team will work to finalize the menus, and then analyze the nutrients from each meal in accordance with the school lunch requirements.  Once complete, binders will be created to include the cycle menus (for each the elementary, middle and high school), nutrient analysis, recipes and food specifications. School nutrition directors should be on the lookout in the Spring for these binders!

Need some ideas on how to meet the new meal pattern into your school nutrition menu? Check out the variety of Workshops to Go offered by JSI that focus on meeting the new meal pattern.  These include the Back to Basics seriesPrep Up to the New Nutrition Guidelines and Wheel of Portion. ESE has provided additional funds targeted to support the new meal pattern requirements. Be sure to take advantage of these JSI trainings!

Save the Date: FSU Nutrition Gala Celebration May 4

Join JSI and Framingham State University nutrition alumni for a gala celebration May 4! The event will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of JSI, and hosting a nutrition program reunion.

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Mark your calendars now and plan to join us at 5pm on May 4, 2013 at the FSU McCarthy Campus Center! Call 508-626-4687 or email alumni@framingham.edu for more information. You can also follow our 25th anniversary updates on twitter via hashtag #JSI25.

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