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     e·bites Issue 29, August 30, 2012 
    Healthy Changes to Start the School Year Off Right!

    Chartwells School Dining Services would like to extend a warm welcome to returning students and a hearty hello to all of our new students. Now more than ever is a great time to encourage your children to choose school meals. All of our meals are well-balanced, convenient and a great value for busy families. 


    To start the school year off on a healthy note, we have some very exciting plans for the 2012-13 school meal program. At Chartwells, we continue to stand by our mission to serve nutritious, well-balanced meals that your students and school community will love. 


    The USDA has issued new school meal requirements that are in effect for the 2012-13 school year and Chartwells is making it an easy transition for you and your student. 


    Chartwells has already taken steps to ensure an easy transition to the new meal requirements for you and your student. 


    The requirements focus heavily on fruits and vegetables, which means your student will see more of these options at school. We offer sliced colorful vegetables that can be enjoyed on a salad, with hummus or in a veggie wrap. 


    We brighten students' plates with vibrantly colored vegetables that are full of vitamins and minerals, such as acorn squash, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, or collard greens. We also incorporate black beans, shredded radishes, chopped red cabbage, and romaine lettuce that not only makes salads look good but taste good, too. 


    Some items you may see on our menus include reduced or low-sodium soups like tomato, butternut squash, or garden vegetable.

    New "Create A Meal" Poster

    Create a Meal 

    We have developed some new materials which will be introduced to students when they start school this year. These materials will help to explain the new school meal requirements to students. Our public announcement messages will focus on the food groups. There are five food groups that are offered for lunch, these are proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits and milk. School meals must contain at least three of the five food groups with one being a fruit and/or vegetable selection to be considered a complete meal. 


    Our new "Create A Meal" poster gives students examples of what food selections make up a complete meal and will help to make it easy to understand the new school meal requirements.


    Chartwells is offering more fruits and vegetables, different types of proteins including lean meats and vegetarian options, whole grain items, and low-fat and non-fat milk. We encourage students to try something new every day. We also advise them to make their plate colorful and vibrant with foods rich in color and flavor so that they may get the full school dining experience.

    Working All Summer for Your District

    Ensuring A Smooth Transition

    Chartwells associates were hard at work all summer long to ensure a smooth transition into this year's school meal program. As part of the National Lunch and Breakfast Program, associates participated in an in-depth training during July and August to prepare themselves for the new USDA regulations.


    Training Our Teams

    Chartwells support teams created a USDA Implementation Toolkit, the Nutrition, Culinary and Marketing teams trained managers on new tools such as standardized menus, culinary techniques, portion size requirements and the new vegetable sub-group categories during regional meetings that took place nationwide over the summer months. 


    Chartwells is excited to kick-off the 2012-13 school year and serve well-balanced meals that our students and the school community will love.

    What's New for School Meals

    Here are some examples of lots of new healthy changes that you will see for school meals.

    Tips for a Healthy Meal

    Always make sure you choose a fruit or a vegetable as part of your meal.   

    > Make your plate colorful and vibrant with vegetables that are rich in color and flavor. They are full of vitamins and minerals.

    > Make simple switches like choosing 100% whole-wheat bread or bagels instead of white bread or bagels, or brown rice instead of white rice. 

    > Choose fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk. Lower fat versions cut calories but not calcium or other essential nutrients.

    > Try going meatless and choose seafood that are higher in essential oils and low in mercury.   

    Try dishes made with plant proteins such as beans, peas, legumes, nuts and soy.   

    > Drink water instead of sugary drinks. These drinks provide more calories than needed and usually contain a lot of added sugar. 


    Looking for more healthy living and eating information for your family? 

    Visit our wellness destination website: www.balanceittakesyou.com

    Why Choose School Meals from Chartwells

    Now is a great time to encourage your child to choose school meals from Chartwells! 

    School Meals by Chartwells...

    - Offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins & grains

    -  Meet strict limits on saturated fat & portion size

    -  Are healthy & well-balanced 

    -  Offer a great value & convenience for busy families 

    -  Provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school

    Catch Up On Chartwells News!

    Check out these and other Chartwells news stories, press releases and employee news in the Chartwells Eat.Learn.Live Newsroom.

    Be sure to check this site weekly for updates on our press releases and articles!

    > Chartwells School Dining Services Ready to Welcome Students Back to School
    > Chartwells School Dining Services Increasing Local Produce Purchasing In The Northeast
    > Chartwells-Thomson Hospitality Awards $39,000 in Scholarships For CPS Students to Study Culinary Arts 
    > Chartwells School Dining Services And Schodack Central School District (NY) Partner Together To Get Fresh Vegetables On The Menu
    > Chartwells School Dining Services Finish Up A Successful Year At Pelham Union Free School District (NY)
    > Chartwells School Dining Services and Levittown Public Schools (NY) Improving on Wellness
    > Newtown (CT) Schools Focusing On Health With The Help Of Chartwells School Dining Services

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