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Can a Pear a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

Yes! Although apples get a lot of attention for their health benefits, pears pack a punch when it comes to healthful foods. Pears are one of the highest fiber filled fruits, providing six grams per medium-sized fruit helping you meet nearly 25% of your fiber daily requirement. A diet high in fiber has many health benefits, including reducing cholesterol levels, preventing colon cancer, and reducing constipation to name just a few. Pears also contain a fair amount of vitamins C, K, B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), and B6 (pyridoxine) and minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese; all of these are important in supporting your immune system and preventing disease.


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Breakfast and Lunch are now Free to All Students through the month of December!

Our school was just informed that the USDA has extended the Free Meals Program until December 31st, 2020. This is wonderful news! This means that all students enrolled in our district in grades 4K – 12th, will be able to take a breakfast and lunch everyday FREE OF CHARGE!

We will be sending a NEW Virtual Meal Survey again on Tuesday 9/8. With the meals now being free to all students, we felt some parents may have changed their mind. Even if you filled out the last one, please fill out the new survey.

I would like to stress that this program covers all students in grades 4k-12th, whether you are paid, free or reduced. The more meals we can serve, the more reimbursement dollars our school receives from the State Department.

The only charge you could potentially see on your account would come from a milk carton taken with a cold lunch from home (the charge for a milk only is $0.50).

If anyone has questions regarding the new Free Meal Program, please contact myself. Email is better for me since I bounce between all the buildings.

Rebecca Derke
Food Service Director
608-938-4194 x2783

Eat Right Bite by Bite

The 2020 National Nutrition Month theme promotes making mindful choices with small goals and changes that will positively affect your health. Good nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive or overwhelming; every little bit of nutrition is a step in the right direction. Try these small steps to have a cumulative healthful effect.

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The Best and Worst Diets for 2020

Well, 25 health and wellness experts weighed in on the best and worst diets for 2020 and there are some popular ones that are listed as the worst. Before we dig in to see what the experts had to say, we need to know what the criteria is for the ‘best’ diet. Experts considered balance, maintainability, palatability, family-friendliness, sustainability and healthfulness when ranking the diets.
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What is a Plant-Based Diet?

There are so many new plant-based products on our grocery store shelves and in our restaurants. That must mean its healthy or something to try, right? But what does a plant-based diet consist of? It’s pretty simple, the focus is on eating foods that are primarily from plants: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes and beans. It doesn’t mean you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat, eggs or dairy. It means you are making the choice to eat more foods from a plant source rather than an animal.

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Healthy to a “T”: ~ How to Beat Stress Eating

Feel as if there is nothing you can do about stress? Do you turn to food whenever you’re stressed out? Everyone has these same thoughts at some point in their life, but you have more control than you think. Stress management is about taking charge. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control. There is no “one size fits all” solution to managing stress. Here are a few healthy ways of coping with stress:

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