Goodbye to soda and candy at camp
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August 1, 2016

Takoma Sportscamps Improves Snack Bar Offerings

by Lindsey Parsons
Are you frustrated with the food offered for meals, snacks or for sale at your child’s camp? I was too when I heard that a variety of soda and junk foodcandy was available for sale on a daily basis at my sons’ baseball camp in Takoma Park. Despite trying to prevent my kids from taking money to camp, they would always find a way to sneak out with some, or another camper would share snacks they purchased with them. So last year, I asked the Director of Takoma Sportscamps, Louis Hoelman III, to stop selling these types of items and instead offer healthy choices. Because he had already purchased snacks for the summer, it was too late to intervene, but I was thankful to hear that this year he chose to eliminate soda and candy sales and instead offer many of the healthier snack and beverage options I suggested.

Culture change is a slow process, so while we’re not at 100% of what I would sell, we’re a lot closer given limits on refrigeration and portability. Many thanks to Louis for enduring the boos of disappointed children (when he announced there would be no more candy and soda) and doing the right thing to help protect our children’s health. Despite those boos, according to Louis “we really haven't missed a beat since we have been selling the healthier snacks.” At a later follow up he remarked how much better he felt about the snack bar and switching to healthier options, and wondered why it had never occurred to him to do previously.


If you’re concerned about the snacks at your child’s camp, I’d recommend that you politely approach the person in charge of snacks, point out that as a parent you would like them to support your desire to offer your child healthier options and ask if they would consider some changes. Find out where they get their snacks, whether they have access to refrigeration and what their budget is, then be prepared with a list of healthier options. Often,  a lack of understanding of where to purchase reasonably-priced healthy snacks, or an understanding of what really is healthier, is one of the primary obstacles. While you may not get immediate change, if you are persistent, most people will eventually come around, even if only to please the squeaky wheel.

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Please help our kids reach their fullest
health and academic potential!

FarmRai$er: The Healthy, Local Fundraiser

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FarmRai$er allows you to create a healthy, local, and sustainable fundraiser for your school's PTA, organization, or cause. Schools, youth groups, bands, or other organizations can register with FarmRai$er and then the cultivators at FarmRai$er will create a custom online market for the organization and stock it with local farm products that you choose. Your organization sells these products online, with the mobile app, or with paper and a pen. Your organization earns 90% of the profits while learning about healthy, local food. On distribution day, students distribute farm-fresh products while FarmRai$er pays the supplier and sends proceeds to your organization. Use referral code RFKM25 after starting your campaign to receive a $25 credit from FarmRai$er.

New Resource: Guide to Ingredients to Eliminate from School Food

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The new Ingredient Guide from School Food Focus is a resource intended for school food leaders and manufacturers with the goal of improving the nutritional quality and safety of foods served at every school. It contains a detailed list of unwanted ingredients, those to avoid and eliminate, and watch ingredients, those to beware of. A description of each ingredient and the potential concerns that accompany it are provided. Ingredients are organized by category, including artificial colors, preservatives, nitrates, and partially hydrogenated oils. This is a great resource to share with the school food service director in your county. 

Articles, Petitions, and Jobs of Interest

Full Time Community Garden Horticulturist Position Open Now (look for the Horticulturist I position 14623, Grade G)

Public Health Fellowship in Government Announced


How to Sell Kids on Vegetables


Practically All the Least Healthy Foods Have This One Thing in Common


Sign this petition to ask President Obama to veto the bill allowing companies to use QR codes rather than words to label genetically modified foods. 


Montgomery County Vegetable Gardening Classes and Events

including the Grow it Eat it Open House  August 6


This Texas Nonprofit is Helping Low-Income Families Eat More Fruits and Vegetables


Healthy eating can include ‘a lot’ of (good) fat, analysis of 56 diet studies concludes


Save the date for the 1st Annual Paw Paw Festival celebrating the largest Native American fruit. 9/17/16, 12-5 p.m. at 8955 Indian Springs Road, Frederick, MD


Safe Drinking Water for Califormia Students


Free BOKS training (Build Our Kids' Success) to learn how to gets kids moving at school. 9/3/16 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

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whole, real, local, sustainable and nutrient-rich foods in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.


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