School Nutrition

Penny McConnell

Director, Food and Nutrition Services
Fairfax County Public Schools
Fairfax, VA

Penny McConnell, RD, SFNS, began her passion for nutrition 48 years ago. She has brought that passion to Fairfax County for over 46 years and currently is director of Food and Nutrition Services for Fairfax County Public Schools.

“My mantra is to talk, serve and teach nutrition,” Penny said in a recent interview. “My staff and I are nutrition professionals, not just meal providers. I remain visible and work outside my comfort zone in order to be on the cutting edge of nutrition and programming.”Read more

Afterschool Meal Programs

Afterschool meal programs are much more widely available as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-296) which expanded reimbursement for at-risk afterschool meals from just a few states to all states. Reimbursement for at-risk afterschool snacks has been available since the 1990s.

Two federal nutrition programs exist to feed children after school:Read more

Institute of Medicine School Meal Recommendations

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) made sweeping recommendations on ways to make school meals healthier in its report, School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children, issued in October 2009. The report was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of an initiative to improve the nutritional profile of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and to help children in developing healthy eating habits.Read more

Improving Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs - Final Rule

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to set new nutrition standards for all food served in schools. Drawing on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and 132,000 public comments to the proposed standards, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released its final standards in January 2012.Read more

USDA Rolls Out First Themed MyPlate Healthy Eating Message

09/07/2011

Today, Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack announced the first themed message, Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables, supporting the new MyPlate food icon and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative through a new national private-sector partnership program.Read more

Scientists find way of producing good quality breads with prebiotic effect

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Jane Byrne, Bakeryandsnacks.com
09/08/2011

A new study has shown that rye or wheat bran fortified breads treated with a particular xylanase can yield good quality breads with a prebiotic effect.

There is an increasing demand for fibre enriched breads, driven by the rising awareness among consumers that dietary fibre has beneficial effects on health and wellbeing.Read more

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