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We just got a grant that will be for 1- to 5-year-olds so that we can work with the county health department to do some outreach at area supermarkets to help them market their healthier items.

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We collaborated with our sustainable dining interns to create a “Basic Cooking Techniques” cooking class certification, which ranged from knife skills and sanitation to soups,...

Summer innovations for us included a Hamptons Lunch. We offered a lobster bake with lobsters cooked to order, corn, potatoes, clams, etc. It’s one of our signature events, and everyone...

I needed to hire staff, so I worked with human resources to create speed interviewing. In two hours we interviewed 10 possible candidates and were able to hire eight of them on the spot. Through five...

We had administration, faculty and students compete against each other to learn about fiber. Students had four fiber-related tasks to complete, such as building a fiber cereal pyramid. The...

At one of the high schools there is a student advisory/food council. This group advocates for the school nutrition program. The students also do product testing and have made a video about the...

Each month we send out a four-color menu to every elementary household. In addition to the menu there is an article from our dietitian about healthy dining behaviors. The back is a coloring sheet...

This year we featured a “Groundhog Day” movie trivia contest and served a traditional German meal to celebrate what was traditionally known as Candlemas Day, which was introduced...

Our R.D.s conduct Healthy Choices Food Tours in our Bistro to assist our staff, family members and visitors in making informed food choices. The talks are tailored to our food stations; however, the...

We often get requests to have more bacon on the menu. So we created a Day of Bacon on the last Tuesday of every month. On our first Day of Bacon we increased lunch and dinner participation by 10%. We...

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