Healthy Living Blog
October is National Farm to School Month
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to
lift-up the connections happening all over the country between students and
local food. Whether you’re an educator, farmer, food producer, parent, student,
food enthusiast or advocate, everyone can celebrate and take action this month.
What is Farm to School:
Farm to school helps communities have fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing the way food is purchased and how education is practiced with in schools and early care and education (ECE) sites. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while also strengthening the local economy and contributing to bright communities. Farm to school will always have the following three core elements:
- Procurement- purchase of local foods and then promoting and serving these foods with in the cafeterias, as a snack, or in classroom taste-tests.
- Education- students participate in education activities that help them earn about agriculture, food, health and nutrition.
- School gardens- students participate with hands on learning through gardening either in classrooms or at a school outdoor or greenhouse garden.
A good thing to remember about Farm to School is that kids win, farmers win, and our communities win!
Here are three easy ways you can kick off National
Farm to School Month today:
- Sign the National Farm to School Network’s Take Action
Pledge and commit to taking action to advance farm to school in your community
this October. Add your name to the pledge and you’ll be entered to win the Farm
to School Month sweepstakes! Ten winners will receive a prize package that
includes: assets from the Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden™
program, a Stand Learn student standing desk, and a collection of seeds from
High Mowing Organic Seeds. No action is too small – take the pledge now!
- Explore National Farm to School Network’s national calendar of Farm to School
Month events and see what celebrations are taking place in your community.
- Download free National Farm to School Month materials and resources, including
stickers, posters, coloring sheets, bookmarks and more, available in our
Resource Library. Share these materials to help spread the word about farm to
Stay tuned for more ways to celebrate this October,
including the #FarmtoSchool101 Tweet Chat on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 12-1 P.M. ET,
and special guest posts on the National Farm to School Network’s blog all month
long. Happy National Farm to School Month!
The information in this post was found on the National
Farm to school Network’s Website. For more information, visit them here.
Safety in a SNAP
Safety in a SNAP
How many of us walked or biked to school back in
the day? Probably most of us! Nowadays, kids are shuttled to school even if
school is down the road. From 1969 to 2009, there was a 35% decrease in the
number of children who usually walked to school (National Center for Safe
Routes to School, 2011). Why? 30.4% of parents reported their kids didn’t walk
to school due to Traffic-related danger. This is completely understandable; no
one wants their kid walking to school if it’s unsafe. This is why the Utah
Department of Transportation (UDOT) created the Student Neighborhood Access
Program (SNAP). This fun and comprehensive program for walking and biking
safely to school engages and educates students, their parents, school staff,
and entire communities.
How can you become involved? Get together with
your PTA and School Administration to identify the safest route for your
school. Use these resources to help you get started and ramp up additional
Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Walking School Bus
Walk More in 4
Benefits of walking and biking safely to school
Need help getting your school and community involved?
Email us at email@example.com
National Farmers Market Week is Here!
Farmers Market Week is Here!
Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, from the USDA, has proclaimed
Aug. 6-12 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the 18th year USDA has
supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from,
farmers and vendors at their local market.
This annual event, sponsored by the USDA, highlights the important role farmers
markets play in our nation's food system. And we invite you to join the
At farmers markets, we meet our community,
access affordable, healthy produce, and support family farmers who
overwhelmingly use farming practices that protect our environment. These are all benefits that impact each of
us, and are all reasons to support farmers markets not just this week, but all
Remember, every day we eat, we owe our thanks to a farmer. Whether you spend a
little or a lot, pay a visit to a farmer’s market this week, and show them just
how much they're truly appreciated.
Salt Lake County Farmers Markets can be found here:
Live Well Utah Farmers Market Edition Booklet
Love a good Instagram Contest?
Help us celebrate Farmers Market Week and enter Farmers Market Coalition's (FMC's) #LoveMyMarket
Instagram Contest! All you need is one of our 'I Heart Farmers Markets' temporary
tattoos and a little creativity. How do you enter? Where do you get
tattoos? Are there prizes?
Click here for answers to those questions and more!
Summertime Health Hacks
Did you know? June is National Fruit and Veggie month, and we want
to help you and your family make the most of it! We all know that eating fresh
fruits and vegetables are good for our health, but it can be hard to get the
servings we need every day. The American Heart Association recommends eating 4
servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables each day. So, as you start
setting up your tents for weekend camping trips, enjoying neighborhood BBQ’s,
and staying cool at the pool, refer to these helpful tips and recipes to ensure
that your family is as healthy as can be and making the most of Fruit and
Veggie Month all summer long!
Whether you’re sleeping in a tent or the back of
your pickup, check out these ideas to keep your campout going strong!
Little Preparation Goes a Long Way
Wanting to one-up Martha’s famous Fourth of July
pasta salad? Try one of these mouth-watering recipes!
Feta and Basil Salad
*P.S. They all incorporate produce that is in
season! Check out this list
to see more.
at The Pool
Temperatures in Utah have been at an extreme high
this summer, but we have the solution to help you and your family beat the
3-Ingredient Homemade Popsicles
TOP Star: Teaching Obesity Prevention in Childcare Settings
What is TOP Star?
TOP Star is a program developed by the Utah Department of Health and Utah's Local Health Departments to prevent obesity among children in childcare. The goal of TOP Star is to help childcare providers improve their center’s environment through nutrition and physical activity with technical support from local Health Department Consultants.
How do I become Endorsed?
What is Endorsement based on?
TOP Star endorsement is based on a point system measured by the final
self—assessment. There are three levels: One Star, Two Stars and Three stars.
Why TOP Star?
TOP Star endorsement helps you boost numbers at your child care facility by standing out to parents and showcasing your achievements in nutrition and physical
activity! All endorsed providers are promoted on the Utah Department of Health's, Salt Lake County Health Department’s and Care About Childcare’s Website. You will also
receive Information and resources with recipes, activities, and applicable news updates! Watch this video to see TOP Star’s impact on a Salt Lake County center.
Child Care Licensing Credit
Child care providers who earn TOP Star endorsement will receive up to 10 Hours of credit towards Child Care Licensing and Career Ladder Credit for Levels 1-3 or 5-8.
Contact your local TOP Star Consultants for more information and become TOP Star endorsed!