Posted by Kathryn Quanbeck, Program Specialist in the FNS Western Regional Office, U. S. Department of Agriculture on February 3, 2011
Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Nutrition Services Director, Rodney Taylor, knows the face of hunger in his community. On a daily basis, Rodney’s team serve lunch to about 34,000 RUSD kids, 61 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced price meals. While the RUSD staff offer these students a fresh, healthy, nutritious meal during the school year, where do students eat during the summer? In previous years, many students ate lunch at summer school. However, steep budget cuts in 2008 and 2009 forced many school districts, including RUSD, to drastically reduce their summer school sites to only three schools, leaving about 25,000 kids without a place to eat. Without the summer school program, where would those kids eat? That is where the RUSD's summer barbeques come in.
Posted by Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Quarterback and Co-Chair, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition on February 2, 2011
Have you already given up on your 2011 resolution? If your answer is “yes,” or if you’re still searching for a resolution, I have a special program for you to jump start your physical activity, keep you motivated and on track, and even reward you with special recognition at the end.
Posted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on February 1, 2011
Today I had the honor to join the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius to release the 2010 Dietary Guidelines – a science-based roadmap to give busy individuals, moms and dads the information to make thoughtful choices for themselves and their families. It was inspiring to see so many young people in the audience, followed by important health and nutrition questions from George Washington University students.