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NUGGETS Episode 6

Jul 21, 2021 10:23:17 AM / by Rob Teplansky posted in eat healthy, Health & Wellness, healthy eating, Smart Lunches, child care, NUGGETS, preschool, David Morris, cacfp

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Evaluate and Improve Your Food Program: Part 3 of our Interview with Culinary Nutrition Specialist, Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN

"At the core of it, the CACFP guidelines have been a powerful framework for us in establishing our operating parameters and being able to say with confidence to our partners, this is a good lunch."

- David Morris, CEO, Smart Lunches

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NUGGETS Episode 5

Jul 8, 2021 6:44:44 AM / by Rob Teplansky posted in eat healthy, Health & Wellness, healthy eating, Smart Lunches, child care, NUGGETS, preschool, David Morris

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Get Picky Eaters to Step Outside of Their Comfort Zone: Part 2 of our Interview with Culinary Nutrition Specialist, Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN

"It's a flavor adventure! They get to try new things, and I really believe it sets them up for being willing to try new things in their life in general."

- Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN

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NUGGETS Episode 4

Jun 23, 2021 1:30:42 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in eat healthy, Health & Wellness, healthy eating, Smart Lunches, child care, NUGGETS, preschool, David Morris

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Interview with Culinary Nutrition Specialist, Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN

"Changing the trajectory is crucial, because eating habits are established during early childhood and those tend to continue into adult years."

- Elise Lindstrom, MA, RDN

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Smart Lunches Salutes CACFP During CACFP Week

Mar 15, 2021 4:47:01 PM / by Smart Lunches posted in Smart Lunches, child care, preschool, cacfp

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Participation in the CACFP is a good indicator of high quality child care.

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Dietary Guidelines Now Include Recommendations for All Stages of Life

Feb 11, 2021 8:47:05 AM / by Smart Lunches posted in Smart Lunches, child care, family style, preschool, early childhood, cacfp, covid-19, coronavirus

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”- Hippocrates

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New COVID Relief Bill Includes Support for Preschools and Child Care Centers

Jan 27, 2021 1:56:44 PM / by Smart Lunches posted in Smart Lunches, child care, family style, preschool, early childhood, cacfp, covid-19, coronavirus

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Renewed PPP Funding Offers Lifeline for Preschools & Child Care Centers

Jan 12, 2021 10:30:01 AM / by Smart Lunches posted in Smart Lunches, child care, family style, preschool, early childhood, cacfp, covid-19, coronavirus

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Now that the initial rounds of COVID vaccines are being administered and new COVID relief has become law, there is light at the end of the tunnel for struggling preschools and child care centers. What should you know about the Paycheck Protection Program as you plan your re-opening, or scaling-up strategy?

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Long-term Benefits of Introducing a Healthy Diet from a Young Age

Dec 9, 2020 5:51:52 PM / by Smart Lunches posted in Smart Lunches, child care, family style, preschool, early childhood, cacfp, covid-19, coronavirus

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New Study Shows Beneficial Effects of Preschool

Nov 19, 2020 1:36:13 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in Smart Lunches, child care, family style, preschool, early childhood, cacfp, covid-19, coronavirus

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As a preschool or child care center administrator developing your strategy for  re-opening or expanding limited operations, you have a lot to worry about. That is why this new study is so important. It is a reminder of why you do what you do.

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Smart Lunches Releases New Report on Re-Opening Trends in Pre-School and Child care Centers

Nov 4, 2020 6:00:14 PM / by Rob Teplansky posted in Smart Lunches, child care, family style, preschool, early childhood, cacfp, covid-19, coronavirus

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Back in March, most of the industry shut down due to safety concerns resulting from the emergence of COVID-19 in the United States. As centers were planning to re-open, one critical question that came to the forefront was how do you safely provide a meal program during a pandemic?

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