Vegetables eating contest
ST. PAUL (Sept. 13, 2013) — Minnesota schools that bring locally grown fruits and vegetables to their cafeterias are encouraged to take it up a notch in September.
Schools can qualify for the “Eat Smart Food” contest coordinated by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Education by demonstrating an increase in the volume and variety of fruits and vegetables purchased per student, as well as educational outreach on farm-to-school programming.
“When it comes to nutrition, it’s hard to think of a better way to start the school year than by participating in the Eat Smart Food Contest. By promoting healthy competition among schools, we’re also prioritizing healthy eating habits among youngsters, ” said Susan DeBlieck, Extension educator and state lead for National Farm to School Network. “There’s a wonderful array of locally grown fruits and vegetables going from local farmers and distributors to our school cafeterias. This contest helps renew and reinforce that connection.”
To compete, schools must participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). FFVP operates under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and is administered by the state education department.
The three winning schools will receive prizes valued at $1, 000 apiece to support their farm-to-school efforts. They’ll also receive a visit from Olympic runner Carrie Tollefson; she is spokeswoman for the agriculture department’s Minnesota Grown program, which champions locally grown produce.
“Students get excited when they learn the origin of their food or who grew their food. Making that connection at a young age is important. The Eat Smart Food Contest will provide support to schools and farmers to continue their farm to school efforts. It is always great when schools and farmers get the recognition they deserve for a job well done, ” said Gail Anderson, coordinator for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at the Minnesota Department of Education.
The contest coincides with the September celebration of Farm to School Month. Farm-to-school programs aim to improve children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits now and in the future.
In Minnesota, schools engaged in farm-to-school efforts have increased from just 20 in 2006 to 145 in 2011. Apples, tomatoes, potatoes and cucumbers are among the most common locally grown items served in Minnesota schools.
“This contest is a great example of how state agencies are working together for the benefit of children and farmers alike. We’re especially excited about Carrie Tollefson’s role in this contest. Her background as an Olympic athlete who grew up in a small town in rural Minnesota really resonates with students and helps them understand the importance of eating healthy, locally grown foods and staying physically active, ” said Paul Hugunin of the MDA’s domestic marketing team.
More information is available from DeBlieck at 320-203-6105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PS, I've had 1 cold in 10 years eating this way.2012-06-29 22:31:02 by --
But I don't consider this a contest with others. I simply found out what works for me....
I feel my best when I eat semi-vegetarian (that is, lots of vegetables, a few fruits, and limited animal products: fish and dairy only). I don't tell others to be like me. I don't claim to be a saint. But I will tell, if asked, how I eat to stay as healthy as I am, being in my late 50s.
BTW my dad died of various high blood pressure diseases + diabetes, from his lifelong meat-centric + processed-foods diet. It was pretty awful what he went thru.
But my blood pressure from eating this way a few decades is textbook normal/ideal, with no pre-diabetes at all
Vitamin2003-09-01 15:10:55 by OldMom
If the kid will take a vitamin daily, just let this one go. You cannot win food arguments, and sooner or later, your kid will eat everything if you can avoid making it a contest of wills. So have fruit and vegetables around, eat them yourself, and don't worry. (You may find that your kid will eat everything at a friend's house that he or she won't eat at home.)
And truly, they do not starve themselves and end up eating fairly balanced diets as long as sugar and sodas are not present. Good luck!
WW has no friggin idea what she is talking about2006-01-30 15:45:44 by 8-weeks-of-diet
3- 4 lbs of fat per week is easy to lose.
My spring daily diet is:
30g carb on non lift days 100 on lift days Never any sugar.
35g fat from flax/primrose/olive oil
tonds of vegetables and water.
Cardio daily weights 3x week.
Boxing/grappling 2x week.
The fat melts off on this pre-contest type diet. I lost 60 lbs in 15 weeks and came in shredded by May. I retained a decent amount of muscle.
Eating choices stay the same after the diet except carbs and fat go up.
I bet you have never done this type of thing.
Please get some experience before you post bullshit.
Do a bodybuilding show or something.
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we gathered last week for a wake
the whiskey supplied
(when anyone died)
flowed freely "for old time's sake"
Gram and Grampa fell off of their rockers
after the shocker (think Fockers)
when Aunty Lulu
at age sixty-two
showed everyone her "new knockers"
Then Mary Beth (Uncle Jake's niece)
who brought her fourth husband from Greece
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an hour-long speech
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