Back To School Resolutions – For Parents

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By Adelle Cadieux, PsyD

kidsunningtogetherSummer can be a very enjoyable time for families. With all the fun to be had, it also tends to be a time when families fall out of habit with some of the basics that help kids be healthy and successful during the rest of the year. As school sets to resume soon, this is a great time to begin re-establishing, or establishing for the first time, healthy habits. New Year’s is not the only time to resolve to life improvements. Parents can make resolutions timed with the start of a new school year that will bring about healthier, more balanced lives for the entire family.
Consider some of the following new school year resolutions or create your own.

• Establish a consistent sleep schedule — This will help kids get adequate sleep, which improves concentration, memory and promotes learning. It also helps kids feel better, behave better and not be so irritable. Going back to school also means being around more kids which can equal more germs. Sleep helps the immune system and can be one of the many actions your child can take to staying healthy.

• Make breakfast a priority — Getting kids out the door in time can be challenging, but skipping breakfast to save time or sending them out with an easy-to-take food like a cereal bar, is not adequate to help them be healthy. Breakfast helps kids to have better energy, endurance and focus. Breakfast can also help keep kids from overeating later in the day, which can lead to weight issues. Sitting down to a healthy breakfast that includes protein is preferable, but if your child needs to have a take-with-you breakfast, plan ahead. Make yogurt smoothies or an egg and try low fat cheese on whole grain.

kidseatinghealthy• Don’t stop with breakfast. Lunch and after school snacks are important too—Skipping meals can lead to irritability, decreased concentration, and overeating later in the day. Plan for healthy lunches to keep kids feeling good during the school day and to replenishing their strength so that they can keep up the hard work of learning. Most kids are hungry after school. To keep kids from overeating, either after school or at dinner time, plan ahead for a healthy snacks. Great snacks combine a little protein with a carbohydrate. Try a snack of fruit and veggies with piece of string cheese or pretzels and dried fruit dipped in peanut butter. But, don’t snack if you’re not hungry.

• Structure the evening — when kids have a consistent schedule, they are better prepared and understand expectations. Set a specific time and place for completing homework. Build in physical activity. Even if the weather isn’t good, you can be active inside too. Being active with your child is a great way to have family time, but also models healthy behaviors for your child. Set a consistent time for dinner and sit down to enjoy the time together as a family.
By getting kids on track with their sleep, eating, physical activity and evening structure, parents can help keep their kids healthy and ready to learn. And, they can create a balanced home in the process.

– Dr. Cadieux, pediatric psychologist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI, is a member of The American Psychological Association (APA), APA’s Division 54: Society of Pediatric Psychology, and Division 54 Pediatric Obesity Special Interest Group. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is Spectrum Health hospital.

Going Back To School Without Separation Anxiety – Part 2

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

groupkidswbgHelping teens and tweens minimize back to school anxiety involves being there emotionally and physically if they need to talk, but also allowing them time to explore healthy coping mechanisms on their own. Parents who structure a healthy school environment for their child are mentoring the importance of education in their family. Below are suggestions that can also help.

1. Prior to school have a schedule of when phones and computers will be turned off for the night. Kids need a structured routine and bedtime just as much as small children do.

2. Discuss transportation. Who will take whom where. Who is driving (and who will be with them). Make sure you are clear about the route they will take.

3. Your child should be responsible enough to do their own laundry, clean their own room and have their clothes ready for school each day. Doing too much for your child, or taking care of what they are capable of doing on their own is a no-no.

4. Know your child’s classes and which teacher your child has for each class. Attending the open house night prior to classes beginning is very helpful for children and their parents.

5. Talking to your child prior to the semester about which classes may require additional tutoring is helpful. Your child can plan their after school activities easier and with less stress if they know you are supportive with them getting additional help if they need it. Anxiety is the worry of what will happen prior to it ever happening. The more parents can help alleviate the worry, the better.

6. Reassurance goes a long way! Kids need to know you are on their team, with things they worry about.

As your child heads off to college you may think your days of separation anxiety are over. Just the opposite is true. When kids leave home, it’s a transition for the child as well as the parents. Every parent feels somewhat emotional when they drive away and leave their child behind to begin a new life on campus. Whether you have looked forward to this day or dreaded it, it will happen, and preparing your child as well as yourself will minimize your anxiety. These few suggestions will help:

1. As much as possible reassure your child that they will do well and that college is a wonderful experience.

2. When you let your child off on campus this is not the time to insist on hugging, kissing or making a scene. Many kids aren’t comfortable with public displays of affection, so writing a letter of how you feel about your child and leaving it somewhere where they can read it in private will be appreciated by them.

3. Call your child or communicate with them in the same manner you did in high school, but let them set the pace.

4. Plan a bi-monthly or monthly family meal where your child will come home and reunite. For families who live far away Facetime or Skyping are wonderful ways to reunite.

5. Remind your child when they are concerned or worried that you are near, and that you have every confidence they can handle the situation.

Separation is part of life, and learning how to separate from the ones you love most is a lifetime lesson. If your child has difficulty, it will usually pass, but when it doubt, speaking to a counselor is always helpful. Reminding your child that mistakes are learning tools and that we all make them, helps lessen their anxiety when they are trying to be perfect in their new surroundings. Most children I talk with tell me the one thing mom and dad gave them that pulled them through many anxious transitions was the fact that they could always go home. Kids need to know their family will always be there no matter where home (geographically) is.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.

Going Back To School Without Separation Anxiety – Part 1

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

kidsarmsupBackpacks, new clothes and packing lunches are buzz words this time of year. But for parents it can bring worry and concern about their little one. Beginning school for children is a time of excitement and anxiety. Minor separation anxiety is normal. We witnessed normal child anxiety when a stranger would reach out to our 8-month-old babies. We witnessed it again until the child was about two when we dropped our child off somewhere new. Mild separation anxiety is a normal phase for both mom and children. We experience it again when our kids go off to college.

In young children, there are several factors that influence separation anxiety, including a child’s temperament, as well as how well he/she reunites with parents and teachers. How the parent responds is very important, because a parent’s behavior is what many children react to.

How a parent can help a young child minimize separation anxiety:

* Develop a routine.
Children feel safe when they can count on what will happen. A routine that is the same each day helps children predict events and adds structure to their life. They know when mommy or daddy leave, they will come back.

* Don’t be late.
Talk to your child for several days preparing them for their day. When you leave them, tell them after nap time or whatever the schedule is, I will be there. Then be sure you are there. If for some reason you have a conflict and cannot pick them up, tell them who will and what they can expect. This helps your child feel secure and in control.

* Stay positive.
If you act worried, concerned or weepy, your child will follow your emotion. Be upbeat about the activities and meeting new friends. Whatever the child enjoys, make sure you promote that activity as much as you can.

* Follow the instructor’s rules.
Your child will form a relationship with their teacher and whatever the teacher says is your child’s truth. You may know more about a topic than your child’s teacher, but they will correct you if your story doesn’t match their teacher. If your child’s teacher has a rule, respect it as much as possible at home as well. An example is not allowing certain words to be said. No matter what the word is, if it is negative at school, do not say the word at home.

* Know and promote your child’s school friends to meet outside of school.
Helping your child build friendships will help ease their school anxiety. If you know someone in the class, inviting that child over with their parent prior to school will help your child adjust more easily.

* Develop a bedtime routine at least two weeks prior to the school year beginning.
This will help your child feel more rested.

* Let your child help you pack their snack, lunch and backpack for school with necessary items for the first day of school.
This list is usually sent to parents prior to the first day of school.

* Build confidence.
When your child is making a new transition, such as beginning school or starting a new grade in school, talking about it, reading stories about school, and watching cartoons about the subject matter help alleviate worry and fear about the unknown. A parent’s goal should be to help their child feel confident that they will be well cared for.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at www.StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at www.maryjorapini.com.

Back To School….It’s That Time Of Year Again!

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By Diane Lang

groupkidswbgIt’s always a struggle to get myself and my kids ready for school especially after having the summer off from routine and schedule. Here are some tips to make it a smoother start to the school year.

1. Are their basic needs met – make sure to start their day off right ( and yours) with a great breakfast. Breakfast is so important its helps kids with focus and concentration so they can do well in class. Here are some easy breakfast suggestions:

Cereal with low fat milk and add some fruit. Its easy to throw some blueberries or strawberries in with the cheerios. Check that the cereal is low in sugar and high in fiber.

Multi grain or whole wheat toast with peanut butter

A piece of fruit with peanut butter like an apple or banana

Make a fruit salad on Sunday evening and give them a bowl fro breakfast with yogurt or cottage cheese on the side.

If in a rush look in the fridge for any leftovers with a glass of fruit juice. Its not the norm but its better then NO breakfast!!

2. Stay in contact with your teacher – you can email before school starts to introduce yourself and discuss any needs your child has or concerns you have. Stay in touch through out the year not just at parent-teacher conferences. If you don’t have the email address just go to your school’s website and you can find all the emails. Its a good way to stay involved even if your a working mom.

Involved parent = successful child

3. Sleep – a few weeks before school starts get your kids and yourself back on a sleep schedule. If kids don’t get enough sleep their academic careers will suffer. This includes parents too – we all need around 8 hours of sleep, if we dont get it we will feel fatigues, irritable, cranky and eat unhealthy. So, try to go to bed around the same time each night and wake up around the same time each morning.

Make sleep and eating a healthy breakfast a top priority

twokidsun4. Physical fitness – this is necessary for all kids. They need to burn off steam during the day. Kids do no get enough physical activity at school so we must do more at home. As adults we tend to live a sedentary life especially if we have a job where we sit all day. So, make physical activity a family event. Set up activities for a few times during the week and weekends. Some ideas: Biking, Hiking, Karate, pumpkin or apple picking, join the local YMCA and take swimming lessons, etc.

5. Homework – set up a homework schedule and make it the same time everyday so they get into the routine. It could be right after school or dinner, whatever works best. Set a place they always work on homework such as the kitchen table or dinning room table. Be available so if they have questions you are there for help.

6. Good Habits – make some great new habits or continue the old ones such as reading before bed, gratitude or prayers at the kitchen table, etc. If you start young ( even as young as pre-school) they will continue these good habits until adulthood and longer

Have a great school year!!

Diane Lang is a therapist, author, and positive psychology educator Diane Lang. Ms. Lang is the author of “Baby Steps: the Path from Motherhood to Career” and “Creating Balance & Finding Happiness.” She has been featured in many publications and shows, including the Daily Record, Family Beautiful Magazine, Health & Beauty NJ, Family and Working Mother Magazine, Good Morning Connecticut, and Fox & Friends. She has counseled patients with different forms of mental illness, physical and emotional abuse, and relationship issues, and is a much-sought-after expert for positive parenting.

High School Graduation: A Right-Of-Passage

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By Bill Hanks

youngdrinkOver the next month, thousands of students will celebrate the beginning of adulthood as they graduate from high school. These teens will experience a multitude of life transitions in the coming years, including marriage, children, divorce, new jobs and job loss. Bill Hanks, author of “Serenity: It’s a God Deal” ~ (finding your way to sobriety, sanity and serenity), says graduation is a critical and opportune time for parents to provide their children the tools necessary to safely handle those future life transitions.

An estimated 650 high school seniors meet an early death during the graduation season each year due to drugs and alcohol, and unfortunately many of those cases could have been prevented with a discussion between parent and graduate regarding prom and graduation night expectations and the hard facts. Hanks recommends the following:

1. Make sure your teen has a plan for the evening of graduation and you know what that plan is, i.e., dinner, commencement and after-graduation parties.

2. Discuss not only the school’s rules for commencement, but also the laws regarding underage drinking with your teen and the consequences of violating them.

3. Know who is driving. Consider an adult driver to chauffeur.

4. Discuss curfew and plan to stay up for the new graduate’s return. Let them know you will be waiting.

5. If your teen is going to several destinations, have them call upon each arrival.

6. Give your teen the unconditional option of calling you at anytime for help or advice.

7. Do not rent hotel rooms for party-goers.

8. Re-visit the family’s existing rules on drinking, drugging, driving under the influence and sex.

9. Have your teen read and sign a sober contract, The Graduation Pledge.

10. Tell them how proud you are, how much you love and trust them, and to have a wonderful time (hugs are always good).

According to CollegeDrinkingPrevention.org, an estimated 1,700 college students will die each year of alcohol-related, unintentional injuries, including alcohol poisoning. Ensure your child doesn’t become part of that statistic by talking to them about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

The Graduation Pledge

“I can have a positive influence on my life and the lives of my friends. My decisions are my own. And they are responsible ones. That’s why I have decided to be safe and sober. So whether or not I go to out to celebrate my graduation, I promise not to use alcohol or other drugs. This is a promise I take seriously. It’s one I intend to keep, for my sake and the sake of my friends and family. I’m signing it. I mean it. I’m keeping it.”

Bill Hanks is the author of a self-help memoir titled “Serenity: It’s a God Deal” ~ (finding your way to sobriety, sanity, and serenity). Hanks is a recently retired 25-year veteran of Wall Street. In 1996, he recognized a problem with drugs and alcohol and subsequently checked himself into a treatment center. More than 17 years later, Hanks has worked with approximately 15,000 patients in recovery by voluntarily teaching weekly classes at various Tulsa treatment facilities. He also brings awareness programs to churches and schools in an effort to reach out to younger generations. His motto: “I would much rather deploy ‘prevention factors’ now versus ‘damage control’ later.”

Raising Money Through Dance

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teensFrom Your Health Journal…..Right now, the Harlem Shake is getting very popular…. and so many kids enjoy moving to it. What a great form of exercise. But, one thing I really respect is when I see kids helping others. Found a great article and video on one of my favorite web sites called Education Week, written by Bryan Toporek entitled N.Y. Students Raise Nearly $500,000 for Charity Through Dancing. I wanted tor promote this article here, as these students should be commended as they raised $489,716.27 for charitable causes. This web site promotes healthy lifestyle and helping others – two things this event accomplished. Please visit the Education Week web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. Well done South Glens High School!”

From the article…..

Who knew doing the Harlem Shake could be so profitable?

More than 700 students from South Glens Falls (N.Y.) High School gathered this past weekend for the school’s 36th annual dance marathon and raised $489,716.27 for charitable causes, according to the school’s website.

The students began the dance marathon at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1, and kept it going through 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

The nearly $500,000 that they raised will be donated to 40 individuals, families, and organizations hand-selected by the students who planned the dance. Recipients include an alumna whose family lost their possessions in a house fire, a 4-year-old boy with a brain tumor, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern N.Y.

The money raised shattered the old record of $395,352 collected during the 2012 version of the event. Since the event started back in 1978, students have raised more than $3 million for charitable causes, according to the school.

A number of local restaurants and businesses offered their support by donating proceeds to the school. The school also holds both a live auction and silent auction during the marathon dance event to entice community members.

More than 90 percent of the school’s population participates in the dance, according to the school’s website.

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Schools Don’t Sacrifice Academics For Athletics

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vectorboysoccerFrom Your Health Journal…..”I have not promoted the Education Week web site in a while, as it is one of my favorite web sites. Recently, I found an article by Bryan Toporek called Schools Don’t Sacrifice Academics For Athletics. So many times here, we have discussed the correlation between physical activity and cognitive skills. In fact, I 100% believe that children who regularly participate in sport and fitness (as well as physical education) benefit academically. Related to this, academic and athletic success may actually be correlated. The authors of a recent study found that schools which emphasize athletic success and participation also tended to have higher scores on standardized tests and higher graduation rates. The authors of the study call for further research into determining whether there is a causal relationship between athletic and academic success. Still, they’re confident enough to say, based on their findings, that winning on the field and winning in the classroom tend to go hand in hand. Please visit and support the Education Week web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

High schools that succeed athletically are not necessarily punting on their academic success, according to an analysis published recently in the Journal of Research in Education.

As it turns out, academic and athletic success may actually be correlated. The authors found that schools which emphasize athletic success and participation also tended to have higher scores on standardized tests and higher graduation rates.

The authors, Jay P. Greene, the head of the department of education reform at the University of Arkansas, and Daniel H. Bowen, a distinguished doctoral fellow of education policy at the university, set out to investigate the link between athletic success and academic success in Ohio high schools.

They weren’t initially sure what they’d find. In the introduction of the analysis, the authors theorize that “producing success in one arena” (athletics) might cause a reduced “investment in success in another” (academics). However, they also suggest “the potential for synergies in education,” with athletics being able to teach students skills such as self-discipline.

As it turns out, the latter theory appears to be more on target.

The authors examined data from 657 public high schools in Ohio over a five-year span and found that “a school’s commitment to athletics is positively related to academic success,” according to the analysis. A 10 percentage point increase in a school’s overall winning percentage was associated with a 1.3 percentage point increase in an estimate of its high school graduation rate.

Football produced the largest impact of any sport, but each sport analyzed “independently produces a positive, significant effect,” the authors found.

The number of sports that each high school offers also appeared to have an effect on academic success. The estimated graduation rate of a high school rose by 0.3 percentage points for every new sport added.

Athletic success also appeared to be correlated with academic proficiency. Increasing a school’s overall winning percentage by 10 percentage points was associated with a 0.25 percentage point increase in the number of students achieving academic proficiency or better. Adding one sport increased the number of students reaching academic proficiency by 0.2 of a percentage point, the authors found.

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10% Of Children Are Already Obese By The Time They Start Primary School

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boycookieFrom Your Health Journal…..What an interesting article in the Daily Mail written by Anna Hodgekiss entitled 10% of children are already obese by the time they start primary school. This web site is always discussing the topic of childhood obesity, ways to combat it, facts/figures, and expert quotes. Now, it the UK, a report is stating one in 10 children are obese when they start school, and in 2011/12, 9.5 per cent of children in reception class – aged just four and five – were classed as clinically obese. Not only has obesity increased with children in the UK over the last 10 years, but 65 percent of men and 58 percent of women are overweight or obese. These are some alarming stats and change is needed. So many of us fall into the ‘technology’ trap of the modern day lifestyle. People love their technology, but it is also causing us to become sedentary – which is a major contributor to obesity. Obesity related illness like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and weak joint are all on the rise – in adults and children. Please take the time to visit the Daily Mail web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It was very interesting and well written.”

From the article…..

One in 10 children are obese when they start school, worrying figures suggest.

In 2011/12, 9.5 per cent of children in reception class – aged just four and five – were classed as clinically obese, according to data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

And a fifth of pupils in their final year of primary school – aged 10 and 11 – were excessively overweight.

The figures show that Britain’s obesity epidemic has got progressively worse over the last two decades – and it’s even worse when it comes to adults.

Some 65 per cent of men and 58 per cent of women are overweight or obese.

The figures show there has been a ‘marked increase’ in the proportion of adults who are classed as obese.

In 1993, only 13 per cent of men and 16 per cent of women fell into this category. By 2011, this has soared to 24 and 26 per cent respectively.

There has also been a stark rise in obesity-related hospital admissions, the figures suggest.

In 2011/12, 11,740 people were admitted to hospitals in England with a primary diagnosis of obesity – triple the number recorded five years earlier.

Women were three times more likely to be admitted than men, with the highest overall admission rate in the north of England.

The number of people having weight loss surgery has also soared. In 2011/12, 8,790 people underwent a procedure to help them lose weight – such as stomach stapling or a gastric bypass – more than four times the number recorded in 2006/07.

Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘Alarmingly, over one in 10 children are now classed as obese when they start school.

‘We know that obese children are more likely to become obese adults, but education is the way to break this cycle.

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Walking To School Enhances Cognitive Skills

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familywalkFrom Your Health Journal…..”A great article I wanted to share and plug today from the Green Bay Gazette written by Patti Zarling entitled Walking to school said to improve kids’ studies. In a day and age where many experts are worried that this generation of children could be the first to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, it is refreshing to read an article that not only promotes physical activity, but improving cognitive skills. So many children have become sedentary in the technological era – where they play on the laptops or video games rather than play outside. The definition of play has truly changed over the last decade. So many children take a bus to school, whereas many years ago, so many children walked or biked to school. Times have certainly changed. But, effort needs to be made to make change in the daily routine of children, and bring back some of those ‘lost arts’ ‘ which include physical activity. Walking to school on a regular basis is one such change that can make a difference in a child’s life. Not only will it improve them physically, but also cognitively. Even if you live far from the school, possibly go for a morning walk with your child before the bus arrives. Please visit the Green Bay Gazette web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It was well written and informative.”

From the article…..

Walking and biking to school can not only help prevent childhood obesity, but that physical activity also can help students do well in class, a local health advocate says.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says kids should get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. But surveys show 30 percent of high school-aged students in Wisconsin don’t get that, according to Melinda Morella, community engagement specialist for Live54218, a nonprofit that promotes healthy lifestyles in Brown County.

She noted that since the 1960s the number of kids who walk to school has decreased by about 50 percent.

“At the same time we’re seeing obesity rates go up,” Morella said. “This is something to be concerned about.”

According to the CDC, obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents nationwide in the past 30 years.

The percentage of 6- to 11-year-olds in the U.S. who were obese increased from 7 percent in 1980 to nearly 18 percent in 2010, the most recent figures available. The percentage of adolescents who were obese increased from 5 percent to 18 percent in the same time period.

The federal agency found that more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese in 2010.

Exercise can help combat that and young people who walk or bike to school automatically build physical activity into their day, Morella said.

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N.H. Ahead Of Curve For School Snack Nutrition

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saladplateFrom Your Health Journal…..”What a great story from the Fosters Daily Democrat by Jen Keefe called N.H. Ahead Of Curve For School Snack Nutrition. As the US Government is making changes to the lunch and snack programs at schools – making sure they are nutritious and healthy, New Hampshire schools have already been practicing healthy lifestyle, meeting many of the government guidelines already. What a great story, as childhood obesity is on the rise all over the US, it is great to see some major changes that will impact a child’s health now and in the future. All the change falls under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, passed in 2010 to combat childhood obesity. The Act requires the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools. Please read the Foster’s Daily Democrat page (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

To read the full article…..

The U.S. government is taking steps to further limit junk food in school vending machines and cafeteria lines, but it won’t mean a big change for New Hampshire students.

“Most of the stuff we have meets all the guidelines already,” said Tom Tanner, food service director in Rochester. “There probably will be some change. We’ll have to tweak a few things.”

At the beginning of February, the Department of Agriculture released its “Smart Snacks in Schools” proposal that promotes replacing sugary options like cookies, cake and snack bars with whole-grain, lower sugar items like granola bars.

“Parents and teachers work hard to instill healthy eating habits in our kids, and these habits should be supported when kids walk through the schoolhouse door,” said Tom Vilsack, agriculture secretary.

The proposal is another step in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, passed in 2010 to combat childhood obesity. The Act requires the USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools.

A 60-day public comment period is now open for people to give input and suggest changes, and the new regulations could be implemented as soon as the 2014 school year.

However, when those changes take place, New Hampshire students may not see much of a change in their vending machine or lunch line choices.

“Our current snack program does conform to the strictest criteria for snack items that’s currently available,” said Chris Faro, district manager for dining management provider Cafe Services, The Dover and Somersworth school districts outsource to Cafe Services to handle all food service needs, including vending machines.

Faro said it’s too early to speculate on what the impact to the school districts might be, but said any changes will be handled effectively.

“Cafe Services has a strong history of exemplary regulatory compliance, and we will be fully prepared to implement changes to conform to the new regulations when they are finalized,” he said.

The vending machines in Dover High School’s cafeteria already meet many of the standards set forth in the proposal, according to Business Administrator Mike Limanni.

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