Farm to School programs support the health of Wisconsin children, farms and communities by connecting schools with local farms that supply fresh,
healthy and minimally processed foods. reTH!NK is partnering with Winnebago County schools to implement Farm to School programs, beginning with the Oshkosh Area School District. Programs include school gardens, Fun Food of the Month, and procuring locally grown produce for the school meals program.
Goals of Wisconsin Farm to School
- Promote children's health by providing fresh, healthy and minimally processed foods in schools and supporting the development of healthy eating habits.
- Strengthen children's and communities' knowledge about, and attitudes toward agriculture, food, nutrition, and the environment.
- Strengthen local economies by expanding markets for Wisconsin agricultural producers and food entrepreneurs.
SmartPlate Menu Labeling Project
Local restaurants in Northeast Wisconsin have partnered with a community-wide initiative to highlight menu items that get a "thumbs up" from local health professionals. SmartPlate makes it easy for you to choose healthy, great tasting food. The SmartPlate icon clearly identifies menu items that you can eat everyday.
The SmartPlate mission is to make it easier for people who want to eat healthy to have that option be identified and available in the restaurant setting. For more information about the program and our partnering restaurants, visit www.smartplatewi.com.
New Look for Food Guidelines
On June 2, 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a revised format of the MyPyramid Food Guidelines. The new "MyPlate" icon exemplifies what the typical American serving plate should look like for the average meal. Based upon the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, it reminds us to "re:TH!NK" our food choices to ensure they are healthy and nutrient rich. We encourage you to check it out at visit the choosemyplate.gov. There's even a Twitter account set up so you can upload a picture of what your plate looks like!
For more information about re:TH!NK's Nutrition and Health Food Systems team, contact