Sodexo supports student engagement and improves the Quality of Life for the entire Schools community. By focusing on Quality of Life services, we reinforce the overall experience of a student’s educational journey. – Steve Dunmore, President Sodexo Education – Schools
Sodexo supports student engagement and improves the Quality of Life for the entire Schools community. As part of our commitment to enhancing Quality of Life for the clients, students and communities we serve, we invite you to view the newly redesigned content on Lift-Off!’s Playground. Lift-Off!’s Playground provides easy to navigate online content for students and families around nutrition, fitness and overall healthy living.
Look on the site for the Monthly Fresh Pick. The Sodexo Fresh Pick program is designed to further the nutrition education of students, parents and educators by focusing on the many positive benefits of eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Each month features an instructional recipe video starring Sodexo Ambassador and Student Chef, Chef Remmi, using the Fresh Pick nutritional item of the month.
While you are visiting with Lift-Off!, don’t forget to check out our series of healthy cooking videos with Sodexo National Director of Wellness, Roxanne Moore, RDN. Throughout the videos, students talk about why each recipe is healthy. Many of the recipes were adapted from the Share Our Strength Cooking Matters program, the Gluten Intolerance Group or Sodexo and are designed to be kid-friendly.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Please email us anytime with questions, comments or suggestions about how we can improve your students’ experience.
Steve Dunmore, President Sodexo Education – Schools
Elementary Nutrition Education Program
Recognizing a need for more nutrition-based education and resources was a driving factor for the nutrition classes that we held at each of the Cumberland elementary schools back in September.
We worked with an RD Intern, Lauren Hamaty, from Sodexo Southcoast Dietetic Internship, to create lesson plans and activities to engage the students. Utilizing the SNAP Ed curriculum put out by URI, along with some creativity from Lauren, we were able to provide two comprehensive programs for students in grades K-2 and 3-5. By breaking it down by grade/age level we were able to tailor the lesson plans more closely to the students abilities.
The theme of the lessons was “Eat TheRainbow.” Lauren demonstrated that each color fruit or vegetable played a different role for your body, for example,REDfruits or vegetables keep your heart strong and your memory sharp!
Going with this theme we wanted to provide them with colorful food samples, which included a green pepper and tomato salad along with a vibrant fruit salad. All of the students were really excited to try the samples. A few were hesitant about the green pepper and tomato salad but they were willing to at least try it which is a step in the right direction!
Overall the program turned out to be a great success with a lot of participation. We look forward to a continued partnership with the Sodexo Southcoast Dietetic Internship in an effort to continue these student programs in the future!
Pig Scraps: Oink! Oink!
In an effort to lighten the load of garbage Cumberland deposits at the Central Landfill, officials are focusing on the town's single biggest contributor: school kids scraping food off their plates every day after lunch.
At the beginning of October, the leftovers from all seven schools in Cumberland have been collected daily for the pigs of My Blue Heaven Farm.
My Blue Heaven is a 15-acre farm in Pascoag owned by Ronald and Nikko Vaz, who have been pig farming for over 40 years.
Included with the start-up this year will be an education program for the kids that explains their role in recycling as well as information about feeding the pigs.
In a brief discussion with Ron, he claims to be picking up about 500 pounds from Cumberland on a daily basis.
Recycling coordinator for Cumberland and North Smithfield, Donna Kaehler, says North Smithfield kids are generating just under a half -pound per child per day.
All of these statistics are amazing! This is certainly not a process that will happen overnight, but small steps in the right direction will lead to great success as Cumberland looks to the future!
Healthy High School Challenge
The Healthy High School National Challenge is an exciting event designed to reinforce the importance of making healthy food choices to our students, while building ongoing excitement around the foodservice program. High school programs managed by Sodexo around the country try to out-perform each other by earning points for served balanced plate meals and healthy a la carte snacks and beverages. The more meals, healthy snacks and beverages a school serves, the more points it can earn. The final results were just released and we are very excited to announce that Cumberland High School ranked 38 of 95 high schools and will be receiving a check for $500! The success of this event would not have been possible without the great participation from the student body so thank you CHS students for rocking this challenge!!