Athlete feeding: Our school is probably about 60% athletes, so we launched the Fuel the Athletes program in conjunction with the football team. It is based off MyPlate. Basically we are trying to educate the athletes to follow the MyPlate recommendations of filling half their plate with vegetables and fruits, a quarter with whole grains and a quarter with lean protein. The program also talks about fueling before, during and after exercise. We came up with cool flyers that we distributed to the athletes and we have diagrams at each station that reinforce smart plate building. A lot of times in the past athletes would come in and they’d be so ravenous that they’d just pile their plates up with huge mounds of food. Now they know how to build plates that will fill them up in a healthy way.
—Josh Martin, executive chef for Sodexo, Menlo School, Atherton, Calif.