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5 Tips for Packing Lunch-on-the-Run Healthier

5 Tips for Packing Lunch-on-the-Run Healthier

School lunches are in the headlines quite a bit, these days. Most people are calling for the school lunch program to clean up its act and start feeding the nation’s children healthier fare. Truth be told, many people who brown bag it could stand to make their lunch healthier, as well. Whether packing lunches for school or work, there are ways to make them healthier.

“Sure, it’s easy to grab some junk food, throw it in a bag and call it lunch,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “Problem is, if you do that repeatedly, there will likely be some negative health consequences, over time. Making healthier lunches may require a tad more time and thought, but in the end it will keep you feeling better.”

Here are five tips for helping to make lunch-on-the-go healthier:

Tips for Choosing Heart-Healthy Snacks

Tips for Choosing Heart-Healthy Snacks

February is known as Heart Month in American, and for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America. Each day, across the country, roughly 2,200 people that die from the disease. It’s also the leading cause of disability across the country, preventing people from working and living their lives as they would like to. With this in mind, it’s a good time to pay attention even to the little things that can either help or hurt the heart.

“Snacks may seem like trivial things, overall,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “But if you think about it in terms of a year, you will end up eating around 400 to 750 snacks per year, if you have one or two per day. That really adds up and can make a big difference in your heart health.”

DC Public Charter School Board Receives 11 Charter School Applications

DC Public Charter School Board Receives 11 Charter School Applications

 

From Audrey Williams:

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) accepted 11 applications to open new public charter schools by the February 1st deadline.  The charter schools, if approved, would open in fall 2013.

 

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

The following information was sent to us by Brie Hall:

 

Dozens of events have been planned by schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 6, 2012. This annual celebration highlights the contributions of Catholic schools through Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large. The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 98 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 30,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Howard Road Academy DC SCORES coach receives Washington Wizards community award

Howard Road Academy DC SCORES coach receives Washington Wizards community award

For the second consecutive year — or NBA season — a DC SCORES coach stood at center court of a Washington Wizards game to be honored.

During a recent Wizards game at Verizon Center, Howard Road Academy soccer coach Adwoa Blankson-Wood was presented with the Wizards Care Community Assist Award for her dedication to her community.

A year ago, Burrville soccer coach Chiara Lee received the same honor.

After receiving the award, Blankson-Wood expressed her excitement.

“From start to finish, it was a wonderful dream,” she said. “My experience (at the game) was truly awesome and one that I will look back on fondly for the rest of my life.”

D.C. Public Charter School Community Hosts Recruitment Expo January 7

D.C. Public Charter School Community Hosts Recruitment Expo January 7

 

From Audrey Williams:

Parents, students or teachers considering charter schools for next fall should check out the D.C. Public Charter School Recruitment Expo which takes place Saturday January 7, 2012 from 12 noon – 4:00 pm at the Washington Convention Center. 

 

D.C. Earns "Best of Green Schools" Award for Cheh's Healthy Schools Legislation

D.C. Earns "Best of Green Schools" Award for Cheh's Healthy Schools Legislation

 

From Kiara Pesante:

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools named the Council of the District of Columbia the Best Policy Makers of 2011 on its inaugural “Best of Green Schools” list released today. The Council was chosen for the passage of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, authored by Councilmember Mary M. Cheh. The award highlights school administrators and government leaders in 10 categories for efforts to create sustainable learning environments.