September 29-October 3, 2014 is MA Harvest for Students Week and the start of National Farm to School Month!

On October 2, 2014, Boston Public Schools is featuring locally grown corn for Local Lunch Thursday.  Also look out for other locally grown items available at the East Boston High Salad Bar that is re-opening this week as well!

Deborah Kane, National Director of the USDA Farm to School Program is launching a series of videos each week to celebrate National Farm to School Month.  Check out the first video here:

Check back here each week to learn something new about Farm to School in the month of October!


Still thinking about making some new year’s resolutions? It’s not too late to kick off 2014 with a healthy start!

Here are some ideas for healthy new year’s resolutions:

–  Incorporate more whole grains into your weekly meals.
According to the Whole Grain Council, studies have shown that the consumption of whole grains may reduce the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and help with maintaining a healthy weight.

– Commit to eating one more fruit or vegetable EVERY day.
Join America’s More Matters Pledge to Fight Obesity.  Besides being delicious and colorful additions to your plate,  fruits and vegetables provide your body with necessary dietary fibers that support a healthy digestive system, are packed with vitamins and minerals and can help your body reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers.

– Do something active for 30 minutes each day!
Whether it’s going for a walk or playing basketball, aim to get out there once a day!  For some ideas check out the Obesity Action Coalition’s Winter Fitness Fun Guide.

-Reduce your daily sugar intake.
Here’s an educational video that was shared on the Mother Nature Network about the effects of sugar on your brain.

What healthy habit are you committing to in 2014?

MrsVeggieFruit_videoEATING – Mrs. Veggie-Fruit’s Jump Rope Contest from Boston Public Schools AYVProject on Vimeo.

Check out this student-made video about making healthy food choices.  Through a partnership between BPS Office of Instructional and Information Technology (OIIT)  -TechBoston unit and BPS Career and Technical Education, students participated in the Adobe Youth Voices Project (AYVProject) to develop videos on topics that are important to today’s youth.  These videos cover a variety of topics from autism awareness, to teen voting, to making healthy food choices.   To check out all the videos click here.

Congrats to the BPS TechBoston Apprentice Interns for promoting healthy food choices and all the students who created videos through the AYVProject!

Tell us, what does healthy eating look like to YOU?

Our judges have cast their votes, and we are proud to announce the 2012 Give the Healthy Choice a Voice winners!

[drum roll, please…]

First Place:  Lee Academy Pilot School, Ms. Bernadine Lormilus’ First Grade Class 

Second Place: English High School, David Jepson, Tracy Lynn Pagan, Sasha Carter. Click this link to view the 2nd place video:

Third Place: East Boston High School, Iliana Flores, Carl Azores, Jeffry Flores, Marvin Depaz, Jairo Quintanilla

Congratulations to each of our winners! And thank you to all of our participants for giving the healthy choice a voice this year! Please look out for details about the 2013 Give the Healthy Choice a Voice Contest next fall.

An excellent article in the Boston Globe Magazine this weekend looks what really goes into school lunch in Boston.  Click HERE to read the full story online.

Fox 25 Morning News interviewed Francis Storrs, the Assistant Editor at the Boston Globe Magazine, about the story on Monday.  Watch the video HERE!


This video gives a rundown of four of the special initiatives within Food & Nutrition Services: the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program, the Farm to School Initative, Fuel Up to Play 60, and Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools. All of these programs aim to increase the health and well-being of children within our schools and to improve their educational experiences.

Want to know more about USDA food distribution for the National School Lunch Program? This new video shows you why today’s USDA food is no slop and can help a school district meet its nutritional goals while significantly cutting costs.  The USDA administers the National School Lunch Program, serving 32 million meals each school day and purchasing 15-20% of food for the program. Over 180 healthy foods are available through the USDA Food Distribution Program including whole grain pastas and breads, low-sodium vegetables and beans, and low-fat cheeses. The USDA food distribution program webpage has some great information on USDA foods including these parent resources.

Next Page »