Last school year in May, PPS piloted a Harvest of the Month Program in school cafeterias to increase student awareness of seasonal produce, link garden education to the lunchroom, educate students about the nutritional value of harvest of the month, nudge students towards healthier choices in the lunchroom, and expose students to new, healthy … Continue reading PPS Harvest of the Month Program
If given the opportunity, children can easily drink a lot of juice because juice tastes good. However, over consumption of juice can pose some health risks to children. Tooth decay, excessive weight gain, diarrhea, flatulence, and poor nutrition are often seen when children drink too much juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that … Continue reading Whole Fruit versus Fruit Juice
District administrators worked collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, (i.e., PPS Foodservice, Health & PE, Health Services, Student Support Services, Legal, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and ACHD) to complete proposed revisions to the district wellness policy (last revised, April 2012). This process took place over the course of nearly two years and … Continue reading PPS Updates the District Wellness Policy
Through our partnership with Children's Hospital of UPMC and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a Pittsburgh Public School - Phillips Elementary on the Southside - was honored as one of America's Healthiest Schools. Notably, Phillips was the only school in Pennsylvania given this title. "To be considered for the title schools had to meet or … Continue reading Phillips Elementary School is One of America’s Healthiest Schools!
UPMC has identified health issues specific to each community, one of the key issues across the region being childhood obesity. Thanks to a partnership with the Healthy Schools Program of UPMC, Pittsburgh Public Schools Food Service is recognized for working diligently to help students select healthier meals through the Smarter Lunchrooms Program. Congratulations to Pittsburgh … Continue reading UPMC Partners with PPS
A Partnership of Pittsburgh Public Schools, Grow Pittsburgh and Let’s Move Pittsburgh In an effort to enhance farm to school education in Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), PPS, Grow Pittsburgh and Let’s Move Pittsburgh (LMP) are piloting a … Continue reading Harvest of the Month Pilot
On the first Friday in May, let’s all celebrate the men and women who make our school days a little better and honor our school’s lunch staff! Please join the Food Service Department in celebrating the hard work that goes into preparing meals for hundreds of students at a time. We are extremely thankful for … Continue reading School Lunch Hero Day!
Have you ever wondered about the nutrition content of your child's meals? The updated school breakfast standards require students choose a daily offering of fruit. New regulations also include all whole grain products, low-fat and fat free dairy products, plus limitations on saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and calories. Below are examples of the breakfasts your child can … Continue reading National School Breakfast Week Nutrition Facts!
Did you know, children who eat breakfast at school, closer to class and test-taking time, perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home? Or that children who eat breakfast show improved cognitive function, attention, and memory? At the Pittsburgh Public School District (PPS), the Food Service Department knows … Continue reading The Pittsburgh Public School District Celebrates National School Breakfast Week
Did you know... garbanzo beans, commonly known as chickpeas, were one of the earliest harvested legumes? These beans are high in protein, dietary fiber and are commonly used in Middle Eastern dishes. Since these beans are so versatile, nutritious and delicious, Happy Bean Salad was trialed at Phillips, Faison, and Dilworth on Wednesday, February 8th. … Continue reading Jumping for Happy Bean Salad!