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Educational Food Service employees receive training


Cindy Roberts assists Linda Fryar and Lisa Davis in preparing their lunch.

Food Service employees from the Colleton County School District, Lowcountry Community Action Agency Head Start and Colleton Preparatory Academy recently attended a two-day training sponsored by Eat Smart, Move More Colleton County. The training was primarily conducted by Dr. Marge Condrasky and a team of chefs from Clemson University’s Food Science department.  “Our hope is that this training will inspire even healthier meals for students and staff at the schools,” said Melissa Buckner, director of Eat Smart, Move More Colleton County.

 The training included ideas on how to cook with less sodium and incorporate more vegetables into meals. It also provided attendees with lesson on using knives in the kitchen – an important skill when preparing fresh fruits and vegetables.


Chad Carter from Clemson University and Ellen Fitch confer about lunch preparation

 During the two days, Jennifer Moore, a program manager from the Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness at the Medical University of South Carolina shared with the group successes and lessons learned regarding the food service training recently done with the Charleston County School District Food Services Department. She also shared ideas of some of the things the Center for Children’s Wellness is doing with the school cafeterias in Charleston.

 “Another thing we’re excited about is that Food Service managers from around the Colleton County School District have indicated that they will label their cafeteria lines this school year with ‘Go, Slow and Whoa’ signage,” Buckner said. “‘Go, Slow and Whoa’ are words that students will be learning in the CATCH curriculum Eat Smart, Move More purchased for public schools in the county.”

 Go foods are “almost anytime” foods. Slow foods are “sometimes foods” and Whoa foods are “once in a while foods.” The hope is that signs that students and staff will see in the lunch lines will assist them in making healthy selections.

Eat Smart, Move More is also sponsoring a School Wellness Conference for public school staff this week. That training will include sessions on teaching CATCH in the schools and on incorporating physical activity in the classroom. It will also focus on employee wellness.