Sustainability in School Nutrition

Sustainability in School Nutrition

Ryan Cengel MS MA RD LD SNS- Registered Dietitian for the Austin Independent School District has a unique perspective on the importance of school nutrition as a former classroom teacher. Ryan has over half a decade of  experience as a classroom teacher including multiple years serving his students breakfast in the classroom. His educational background includes undergraduate degrees in culinary arts and nutrition and master’s degrees in education and nutrition. 

This episode we discuss

  • Connecting and effectively marketing to parents in the district

  • Introducing sustainable initiatives to the school nutrition program

  • Marketing salad bars in a way that captures the attention of elementary students

Serving up Quality Meals and Nutrition Education at the Department of Juvenile Justice

Department of Juvenile Justice works to protect and serve the citizens of Georgia by holding young offenders accountable for their actions and by supporting these children to become productive lives as law-abiding citizens.  Despite that there is confusion and misinformation around the treatment of kids in the care of DJJ. 

This episode I speak with Stephanie Henesy, Chief of the Office of Nutrition & Food Services at DJJ.  She sheds light on what the nutrition department does to nourish and support the students at DJJ.

Stephanie Henesy has been named the 2019 Young Dietitian of the Year by the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  You will have a sense of why Stephanie stands out from her peers and is an award willing young professional by the end of our conversation together. 

This episode we discuss

-      How to successfully on board yourself in a new administrative food service position

-      How DJJ food service compares to other school nutrition operations

-      Gardening programs and nutrition education at DJJ

-      The true purpose of administrative reviews

Dairy Myths with Will McWhirter, MBA, RDN, LDN

Dairy Myths with   Will McWhirter, MBA, RDN, LDN

The Dairy Alliance works with schools and nutrition programs throughout the Southeast to promote dairy nutrition, enhance school menu options, and promote physical activity. 

There are a lot of concerns surrounding dairy consumption. This episode Will McWhirter comes on the show to dispel dairy myths and explain how the Dairy Alliance partners with schools. Will McWhirter is both Registered Dietitian and the Manager of Youth Wellness at the Atlanta based Dairy Alliance.

This episode we discuss

  • Common dairy myths

  • Creative ways districts are providing dairy to students

  • Positioning milk to compete with sugary drinks

Building Menus that Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion

Building Menus that Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion

Jose Quinones has been touting the benefits of diversity since the 80s, long before it became to be the buzzword that it is today.  In addition to being a proponent of inclusion Jose Quinones is a a dynamic presenter and a champion for student access to delicious food that will keep them coming back to the cafeteria again and again.

This episode we discuss:

  • How to create an inclusive menu

  • Adding interest and flavor to the menu without adding sodium

  • Maximizing inventory usage Making accurate health messaging heard in a market crowded with misinformation

  • Delivering effective and captivating trainings

  • Using frontline wisdom to strengthen your operation

Allergies and Food Sensitivities - Keeping our kids safe with Sherry Coleman Collins

Allergies and Food Sensitivities - Keeping our kids safe with Sherry Coleman Collins

There’s a lot of confusing information out there about allergies and how to manage them in the school setting.  Today we have an expert, Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD, with a background in school nutrition to help us cut through the clutter and provide evidence-based, easy to understand, and useful information.     

Chef Sharon Schaefer Mastering Menu Development

Chef Sharon Schaefer  Mastering Menu Development

As a classically trained chef with more than 18 years professional experience in catering, fine dining, and culinary education Sharon Schafer brings a unique perspective to the K-12 kitchen. In this episode she shares tips to help us master our kitchen equipment, tighten our inventories, and improve the overall appeal of our menus.