Islandia, NY (PRWEB) March 19, 2014
On Thursday, March 20th, Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids held its 2014 Legislative Breakfast in the Nurses’ Hall at the State House. As a leader in healthy school meals, Newton Public Schools was honored to provide a healthy breakfast to legislators, community partners and experts in children’s health and wellness. This event emphasized the important role of nutrition and physical education in supporting academic achievement in schools across the commonwealth.
The legislative breakfast featured several speakers including State Representative Jason Lewis, Judy White, president of School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts, John Phelan, Assistant Superintendent of Milton Public Schools and Noel Vigue, M.Ed., CSCS from the Fitness for Life program at Natick Public Schools. Each speaker reinforced the important connection between student health and success in the classroom. This year, the focus was on school breakfast.
At the State House, Newton’s School Lunch program, operated by Whitsons School Nutrition, offered legislators a “Berry Fresh” spread of breakfast choices found in Newton schools every day including, berry-yogurt parfaits, berry whole-grain muffins, berry super smoothies, strawberry yogurt & waffle sandwiches and low-fat milk.
Food Service Director and Registered Dietitian, April Liles, wants parents to feel good about the breakfast provided in Newton Schools. Liles’ goal is to increase accessibility of breakfast. “Our breakfast program gives all students the opportunity to start the day with a nutritious meal,” said Liles. “We want to offer parents the convenient option of saving time in the morning at home by letting us take care of serving breakfast at school.”
For more information about the school meal program in Newton, visit: http://schools.whitsons.com/ma/newton-public-schools.
About Massachusetts AFHK
Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to improving children’s nutrition, physical education and physical activity by collaborating with stakeholders to advocate, educate, promote and implement local and statewide initiatives to enhance the school health environment. The Massachusetts team is an affiliate of national Action for Healthy Kids. For more information on the Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids State Team and to join the team, please visit http://www.actionforhealthykids.org.
About Whitsons School Nutrition
Whitsons School Nutrition provides a wide range of highly customized dining services to public and private schools, with a strong focus on nutritious, high quality menus made from fresh, wholesome ingredients. Whitsons has a long and proud history of excellence and growth since 1979 and currently ranks the 18th largest dining company in the United States (Food Management magazine, September 2013). Whitsons’ scope of expertise and services extends to: emergency dining, residential and healthcare dining, prepared meals, and school dining and services.