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USDA Invites Schools to Celebrate International School Meals Day on March 6

This photo shows a first grader at Reavis Elementary School in Chicago eating breakfast in the classroom. With International School Meals Day and National School Breakfast Week coming up it’s a perfect time to talk about how to get more children to eat a nutritious breakfast.

This photo shows a first grader at Reavis Elementary School in Chicago eating breakfast in the classroom. With International School Meals Day and National School Breakfast Week coming up it’s a perfect time to talk about how to get more children to eat a nutritious breakfast.

Last year, the first International School Meals Day was held on March 8. It was a great success and brought teachers and students in both the United States and United Kingdom together to connect on one of the most critical issues facing the world today – child nutrition. This year, International School Meals Day will be held on March 6 and we’re looking for even more schools to participate.

The fact is that good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are as important to a child’s overall success as the curriculum that our schools teach every day. Schools are essential to early nutrition education and helping young children build healthy habits that last a lifetime. That’s why I’m so proud that the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act set the wheels in motion for us to raise the standards for school meals in the U.S. This year’s theme for International School Meals Day is “Food Stories” which is a great topic to get kids talking about their favorite nutritious foods they enjoy at school and at home.

Participation in International School Meals Day can be as simple or as inventive as you’d like. There are many options to consider. You can host seminars, workshops or other events related to healthy eating, plan an International Menu Day, host food tasting sessions or visit a farm where students can see first-hand where and how food is grown and harvested.

I encourage schools to use technology to make the day even more special.  Platforms such as Skype can be used to connect with schools around the world to share ideas and thoughts about school menus and healthy eating. Having students connect via video to children beyond their classroom walls isn’t just an advantage for a fun nutrition conversation but can also foster a greater sense of global citizenship.

International School Meals Day coincides with National School Breakfast Week and also with the UK’s World Book Day. This might be a great impetus for students to share some breakfast recipes from their favorite cookbooks. Some schools may even want to shape the Day around ideas to get more kids eating breakfast at school or at home.

Remember, there is no set format to celebrate.  The goal is to work together to create a day that is fun for all, that promotes nutrition as an important staple of the education calendar throughout the year, and that inspires healthy eating among school age children.

Share your activities, food stories, and get ideas for how to participate at www.internationalschoolmealsday.com. Follow @IntSchoolMeals and using the #ISMD2014 hashtag on Twitter.

For more information on video conference resources, visit Skype’s International School Meals Day education page and Schools Online.

Schools, teachers, students and child nutrition professionals are invited to join in celebrating the 2014 International School Meals Day (ISMD) on March 6, 2014. Schools around the world will celebrate ISMD by promoting healthy eating and learning about good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Get more information at www.internationalschoolmealsday.com (Click to enlarge)

Schools, teachers, students and child nutrition professionals are invited to join in celebrating the 2014 International School Meals Day (ISMD) on March 6, 2014. Schools around the world will celebrate ISMD by promoting healthy eating and learning about good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Get more information at www.internationalschoolmealsday.com (Click to enlarge)

One Response to “USDA Invites Schools to Celebrate International School Meals Day on March 6”

  1. Tazeen Chowdhury says:

    Mt. Lebanon School District is excited to participate in International School Meals Day again. It was a huge success last year, students really enjoyed skyping with classmates in Great Britain and talking about food and culture. It’s a great way to promote healthy school meals on a global scale !

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