The Twinsburg and Canton school districts are among 32 in the state recognized for providing healthy meals:
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has recognized 34 recipients of the 2010 Stellar Award for Best Nutrition Practices, including 32 schools or school districts, a career center and a juvenile treatment center. Five honorable mention awards in the Stellar Award program have been given to schools and school districts.
"We know that good nutrition is an essential component to education," said Deborah Delisle, superintendent of public instruction. "Children who have access to a healthy diet come to school ready to learn, and I commend these schools for their commitment to nurturing the whole child."
ODE established the Stellar Awards in 2003 to recognize schools that use best practices to promote a healthy school nutrition environment. Based on written award nominations, ODE selected recipients based on their efforts to adopt the following USDA guidelines for local school wellness policies:
The nutritional quality of meals served, including purchasing and preparation practices that reflect the National Dietary Guidelines;
- The extent to which a la carte and vending items contain healthy choices;
- Access to continuing education and training opportunities for food service staff members;
- Success in providing a pleasant eating environment for students; and
- Nutritional education aimed at students, staff, parents and the community through marketing programs and activities; for example, using alternatives to candy when rewarding children for good behavior or academic performance.