K12Foodies Episode 35: Sensual Nutrition with Dr. Jim Painter, PhD, RD

The School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference is right around the corner, and we’re so excited to be in Atlanta for the “School Nutrition Event of the Year!” The event is jam-packed with fun and educational sessions, including one from today’s guest.

 

Dr. Jim Painter joins us for an exclusive sneak peek of his ANC Education Session, “Sensual Nutrition.” If you struggle with getting your students to try new foods and foods that are healthier, this is definitely the episode for you.

Dr. Painter has previously joined us to discuss his book “Let’s Eat Mindfully.” Click here to listen to that episode.

And he busted myths about heart disease from his latest research in “Finding the Truth in the Failed Theories of Heart Disease.” Click here to listen to that episode.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

K12Foodies Episode 34: Conflict Resolution in The Workplace with Cynthia Sevier, SNS

Meals Plus’ Child Nutrition Operations Consultant, Cynthia Sevier, SNS, joins us for a series on personnel management. She’s with us today to give us a sneak peek of her next white paper “Don’t Let One Bad Apple Spoil the Whole Bunch: Conflict Resolution for Child Nutrition.”

 

 

If you missed her last episode, “Do You Have a Rotten Egg in Your Child Nutrition Department? How to Deal with Difficult People,” you can listen to it here.

The white paper will be available to download soon; sign up for our newsletter to be notified as soon as it’s available to download!

If you’re interested in Cynthia’s child nutrition consulting services email her at cynthia@mealsplus.com or call Meals Plus at 1-800-541-8999.  If Cynthia has visited your district before, you know what an amazing wealth of knowledge she is, and we promise you’ll want her to come back!

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

K12Foodies Episode 33: School Food Trends: Part 2 with Chef Sharon Schaefer, SNS

Chef Sharon Schaefer, SNS joins us for Part 2 of her series on Top School Food Trends. Sharon   is a chef contributor to School Nutrition Magazine, works for Farmer-Owned Hiland Dairy, and is a chef, speaker and educator. In Episode 30, she shared three of the top food trends she is seeing in child nutrition, and in this episode, she shares the remaining three.

 

If you missed Episode 30, you can listen to it here

We hope episodes like this inspire you to try some of these trends in your own cafeterias!

Follow Chef Sharon Schaefer on her website, The Evolution of the Lunchlady, and on Twitter @ChefSharonSNS.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

K12Foodies Episode 32: “Dealing with Difficult People” with Cynthia Sevier, SNS

 

When we ask child nutrition directors what topics they’d like to hear about on K12Foodies, one of the most popular responses is tips to manage their staff. So we’re very thankful that Cynthia Sevier, SNS is joining us for a series of episodes and white papers on personnel management. She is Meals Plus’ Child Nutrition Operations Consultant, and she has written many of our Meals Plus white papers, including “The 5 P’s of Promoting Your School Meal Program.” She’s with us today to give us a sneak peek of her next white paper “Do You Have a Rotten Egg in Your Child Nutrition Department? How to Deal with Difficult People.”

The white paper will be available to download soon; sign up for our newsletter to be notified as soon as it’s available to download.

Cynthia has over 30 years of experience in school nutrition and is a retired director from Guilford County Schools in North Carolina, a district with 122 schools and student enrollment of over 70,000. So she has a lot of experience in conflict resolution specific to the child nutrition industry. We hope you find this episode useful managing your own child nutrition departments.

If you’re interested in Cynthia’s child nutrition consulting services email her at cynthia@mealsplus.com or call Meals Plus at 1-800-541-8999.  If Cynthia has visited your district before, you know what an amazing wealth of knowledge she is, and we promise you’ll want her to come back!

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

K12Foodies Episode 31: Finding Truth in the Failed Theories of Heart Disease with Dr. Jim Painter, PhD, RD

 

This episode is all about myth busting, which we love to do here at K12Foodies! Dr. Jim Painter, PhD, RD discusses what we think causes heart disease, and will give us valuable information we can use in and outside of the lunchroom.

Dr. Painter was a guest on K12Foodies previously and discussed his new book, “Let’s Eat Mindfully.” Click here to listen to the complete episode.

We met Dr. Painter at the SNA’s 2017 School Nutrition Industry Conference, where he led a General Session on food trends, the gluten-free movement and the use of GMO’s in our foods. And we are so excited that he has joined us on K12Foodies to share his knowledge!

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

K12Foodies Episode 30: School Food Trends with Chef Sharon Schaefer, SNS

 

Our guest is one of our favorite K12Foodies, Sharon Schaefer, SNS. Sharon is a chef, speaker and educator, so if you’ve been to a national or state School Nutrition Association event in the past few years, you may have even attended one of her sessions or classes.

Sharon travels across the country visiting school districts and training child nutrition professionals, so she has seen the latest menu trends in child nutrition. She joins us today for part one of a two part series on the Top School Nutrition Menu Trends.

We’re all about collaboration at K12Foodies, so we are especially excited Sharon could share what’s happening in child nutrition across the country. We hope episodes like this inspire you to try some of these trends in your own cafeterias!

Follow Chef Sharon Schaefer on her website, and on Twitter @ChefSharonSNS.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

K12Foodies Episode 29: Using Social Media to Market Your Program with Ashley Summers

If you’ve wanted to launch social media accounts to promote your school meal program, or want tips to make sure your social media marketing efforts are effective, you’ll love this episode of K12Foodies! Ashley Summers is the Marketing Coordinator for Lexington School District One (SC) and has easy-to-implement tips for utilizing social media to market your child nutrition department.

And you’ll hear how Ashley was instrumental in the launch of K12Foodies! We hope you enjoy this special episode of our child nutrition podcast.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our Components page for more information on our cafeteria management software.

K12Foodies Episode 28: Let’s Eat Mindfully with Dr. Jim Painter, PhD, RD

When we heard Dr. Jim Painter’s General Session on food trends at SNIC 17, we knew he was a K12Foodie that our guests would enjoy learning from! He’s with us today to discuss his new book, “Let’s Eat Mindfully.” A lot of his research for this book was utilized for smart lunchrooms, so we are sure you will find it not only interesting, but will take away some ideas for your own lunchrooms!

[Enter to WIN!] Dr. Painter is giving away three signed copies of his book to a few lucky K12Foodies listeners! You can enter our contest by telling us your biggest takeaway from this episode, and we want to hear from you on social media or via email. If you’re on Facebook, just post on our Timeline. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, tag us @K12Foodies. Or simply send us an email to tell us what your biggest takeaway from the episode is!

To purchase “Let’s Eat Mindfully,” click here.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Visit our website for more information.

A K12Foodies Episode Just for Meals Plus Customers! Closing the School Year with ‘Meals Plus Matt’

Hi, Meals Plus Matt here!

It’s that time of year already when you’re thinking about rolling the school year and preparing for the next. Meals Plus makes it easy to close the year – just a few clicks and you’re done! I hope my exclusive episode of K12Foodies helps the close school year process in the Meals Plus cafeteria management system even easier.

For more information on closing the school year, visit the Meals Plus Support Page and click “Documents & Manuals” for the Close School Year Checklist, and under “Webinars,” you’ll find a Close the School Year Webinar.

K12Foodies Episode 27: Uncovering the Hidden Talents of Your Staff with Jeanne Pierce, SNS

This episode is the type that gets triggers creativity! Jeanne Pierce, the Food Services Director of Exeter Region Cooperative School District (NH), has some great tips to uncovering the hidden talents and passions of your cafeteria staff. Through these efforts, she’s introduced students to new foods, encouraged collaboration between school cafeterias and has a staff that’s invested in the success of their program.

K12Foodies is presented by Meals Plus, Superior Cafeteria Technology. Meals Plus is a complete front to back, Windows-based, web-enabled cafeteria technology system backed by the very best training and customer support in the business. Voted among District Administration’s Top 100 Products of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and HDI CSAT Elite 50 of 2015 and 2016 for top customer service. Click here for more information: www.mealsplus.com.