Wolftrap Elementary School PTA
1903 Beulah Road, Vienna VA 22182
703-319-7300
Nutrition


News

  • New Green Foods Day is here again!  On March 18th, the Nutrition and Health Committee will celebrate St. Patrick's Day by sharing some green foods with the kids at lunchtime.  Each year we offer the kids some green foods that they may not have ever tried before in hopes of encouraging them to try new foods and to eat healthy.  If you would like to help serve green foods, please go to our sign up. Sign up for a half hour or the whole lunch period, whatever works for you!
    For more information, please contact Jocelyn Hsu at jocelyn_hsu@hotmail.com.

  • October 23, 2012! Marshall High School, 6pm. Feeding Academic Success Food Day Event
  • The Weight of the Nation Documentary Airing May 14th and 15th
  • The Whole Kids Foundation has partnered with HBO to host a documentary series that we would like to make our families aware of:

     

    WHOLE KIDS FOUNDATION

    HBO WEIGHT OF THE NATION PARTNERSHIP

    100 SALAD BARS FOR AMERICA

     

    Q: Why has Whole Kids Foundation partnered with HBO?

    A: HBO produces a documentary series each summer that deals with public issues. This summer their documentary is called Weight of the Nation. Their goal is to educate people about the impact of obesity and to get people to spread the word and take action to create a healthier country. 

     

     Q: When will the documentary air?

    A: The series is four parts. Two parts will air each evening of May 14 & 15, 2012. There are a few short pieces exploring childhood obesity airing on May 16. A series for children will air in September 2012. Check your local listings or here

    for details in your community.

     

    Q: I don't have HBO, can I see the series?

    A: Yes. HBO will open their signal so that everyone can view this series. Check with your local cable provider for details OR if you don't have cable you can view the series online at http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/

     

    Q: Who are the other partners in the series?

    A: HBO worked with four expert partners to produce the series including: Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, CDC, IMO and Kaiser Permanente. In addition to funding salad bars, HBO also partnered with Globaltap to install filtered water taps in schools. Access to water (vs. sugary drinks) and hydration are important themes in the series.

  • Pink Slime Banned From School Menus. Starting this September, hundreds of school cafeterias in our area and across the country will be eliminating pink slime in hamburgers, taco crumbles, and breakfast patties. Read more.
  • Newsletter for March/April Leaders are making important changes. Please read.
  • National Food Day event in Vienna draws celebrity chefs, community; continues conversations about 'real food' in schools. (Read full article.)

How are your New Year's Resolutions Coming Along? Have you been following the
9-5-2-1-0 zip code to your health? Here it is:
  • 9: Get at least 9 hours of sleep per day.
  • 5: Get at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
  • 2: Limit screen time to 2 hours of less per day outside of school.
  • 1: Get at least 1 hour of physical activity per day.
  • 0: Drink 0 sugar-added beverages per day.
Parents from the Nutrition & Health Committee went to school that day and spoke with the children at lunch about which one (or all!) of these goals they may want as a New Year's Resolution. A New Year's Resolution sheet will be coming home in the Tuesday envelope on January 17. Please help your child in filling out the form and placing it somewhere prominent to remind them about these healthy habits. Click here to see the form. Questions? Please contact the Nutrition & Health Committee.


Real Food For Kids Is Recognized by Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. The National Food Day event took place at Wolftrap ES on October 24, 2011 with Nationally-acclaimed Chefs Ann Cooper and David Guas headlining the event. (Read full article)





FCPS Recognizes 45 Schools with Wellness Awards
(Read full article)






Fun Food Facts at Lunch
The Wolftrap Elementary Nutrition and Health Committee wrapped up the 2010-11 school year with the last of their "Fun Food Facts at Lunch" events. The events started in the spring with “Green Foods” for St. Patrick’s Day. (Read full article.)

Sign the Petition: Removing Chemicals in the Cafeteria Food
On Tuesday May 3rd, 2011, the Wolftrap PTA voted to adopt the resolution developed by members of the Nutrition Committee.  The resolution encourages Fairfax County's Food and Nutrition Services to "clean up" the food by removing ingredients such as artificial additives, dyes, and preservatives.  If you are interested in supporting this effort, please consider signing the petition hosted by Real Food for Real Kids. With your help, we can all make a difference for our kids.


How Does MyLunchMoney.com Work?
Recently, the Nutrition Committee received several questions about how MyLunchMoney.com works. You can go to MyLunchMoney.com to load money onto your child's card so he/she can purchase lunch. In addition, you can view what your child has ordered in the past. If you want to make changes to what your child can or cannot purchase, please go personally into the lunch room and speak with Ms. Sue, our Cafeteria Manager. You can indicate exactly what you want your child to have or to not have. For example, you can indicate "no ice cream" if you want to limit ice cream. Note: if you say "no a la carte items" then your child will not be permitted to buy any a la carte items, including beverages. It may be easier to limit specific items, so that your child can enjoy something different on an occasional basis. Questions? Please email us at nutrition@wolftrappta.org

Fun Food Facts at Lunch
In March, we started having "Fun Food Facts at Lunch". We have nutritious, yummy food for the kids to sample, or fun games where they can guess something about the food in front of them. Please ask your children about this.

Nutrition on WTRP Radio
In February, the PTA Nutrition Committee launched a fun and educational campaign for our students. Every two weeks, Wolftrap News (WTRP Radio) gives a short messages alternating between fitness and nutrition topics to every student at Wolftrap Elementary. 

Join Us!
Below you can get some great ideas for snacks, learn about a fitness event in our area, or stay updated on national regulations regarding school lunches. If you would you like to be on our email distribution list, or have nutritional information you would like to share, please email us at nutrition@wolftrappta.org.


Other Nutrition Sites

.  For healthy food for your kids, check out these sites:

Recipe of the Month

Melon Cucumber Smoothie
Servings: 4

2 cups ripe Honeydew melon, cut into 2” cubes

1 cup of cucumber, peeled and cut into 2” pieces

1 small handful of frozen chopped spinach

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

2. If your melon is not ripe enough to be sweet, add a teaspoon of honey or agave syrup.  You can also add a few pieces of ice if you like a very cold or slushy smoothie.