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#DairyMonth

In 1937, grocer organizations started sponsoring “National Milk Month” to help distribute extra milk during the warm summer months. By 1939, June became the official “dairy month.” National Dairy Month reminds us of the health benefits dairy can provide.

 

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We are all unique and one of a kind!

We are unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds, and tastes. How you reach your healthy lifestyle is different than someone else. Mindful eating is essential to meeting health goals. It puts the power into your hands, allowing you to find a balance between eating nutritiously and occasionally indulging.

 

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Highlights of the New 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The USDA and HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) recently released the new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines are updated every five years to ensure the guidance follow the ever-changing scientific studies. Consistent with past guidelines, the primary emphasis promotes a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

 

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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
derkere@monticello.k12.wi.us