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York Co. Correspondent
What’s your favorite snack food?
Potato chips go to the top of the
snack food list for the largest per
centage of American adults; cook
ies and similar sweets rank sec
ond, while fruits and other nutri
tional choices come in a much
lower third, according to one
recent food survey.
And that, says a National Dairy
Council vice-president, is why the
nutrition organization is mounting
a major effort aimed at teaching
in FA and Surrounding States
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better food habits to kids of
elementary school age.
Trevor Steinbach, Ph.D., the
Dairy Council’s head of nutrition
education, shared new nutrition
teaching methods with nearly 100
Baltimore-area health and dietary
professionals attending the Upper
Chesapeake Bay. Dairy Food and
Nutrition Council of the South
east’s (DFNCS) annual meeting,
held February 8 at the Airport
“Children are making their own
nutritional choices,” emphasized
Dr. Steinbach, relating the social
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changes diat have left millions of
the nation’s children in charge of
getting their own, and often
siblings’, meals. He reported that
kids are buying $6.8 billion in
snack foods annually, as well as
influencing some $B2 billion
(worth) of food choices for family
A new Dairy Council "SnaCk
Stan” series of nutrition materials
focuses on the. five food groups
and is a tool for educators to teach
good snacking habits. New nutri
tion education materials are also
designed for use far beyond the
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Jesse Burall, left, Marylsnd dairy producer and president
of the board of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Dairy Council,
welcomed National Dairy Council vice-president Trevor
Stelnbach to the Baltlmore-area group’s annual meeting.
traditional heath class.
“Nutritional materials must be
made available for use in art, mus
ic, social studies, math, and lan
guage classes,” emphasized the
Dairy Council vice-president.
Newly-developed lessons include
exercises designed for use by clus
ter groups of children, who learn
by teaching and helping each
other, and materials aimed at the
growing numbers of diverse cul
tural and ethnic groups in the
“Schools are becoming child
rens’ social service agency,” Dr.
Steinbach noted, citing the steady
growth of the school breakfast
program. “School meals make a
significant contribution to their
daily dietary intake.”
Some 5.3 million children now
eat breakfast at school, compared
with 23.7 million participating in
the traditional school lunch prog
ram served by 90 percent of the
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Projecting ahead, Dr. Steinbach
predicted that medical strides in
genetic research will replace
across-the-board health recom
mendations with individual diet
and exercise programs, based on
each person’s own genetic
strengths and weaknesses.
“Look for Dairy Council to take
a lead in helping to develop indivi
dual diet materials in the future,”
The Baltimore division of the
DFNCS is funded by dairy
farmer-members of the Middle
Atlantic Division of Dairymen,
Inc., through the Southeast United
Dairy Industry Association
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