Welcome to Tangipahoa Parish Child Nutrition Department's Wellness Corner! Here you will find information on how to keep you and your child's plate healthy, updates on changes to your child's breakfast and lunch plates, monthly newsletters and the student's feedback on how the department is doing.
NewslettersIn these monthly newsletters, you will find information on specific foods and why they are important to your diet. (Added monthly at the start of each school year) Check the menu page to see what is going to be served for breakfast and lunch daily. Breakfast choices change each day and are a great, healthy way for your child to start their day!
Choose Your Plate!
Filling up your plate with the correct amounts of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and dairy will make your plate a healthy one. Remember these tips when selecting what to put on your plate:
- Make smart choices. 1/2 of your plate should contain fruits and vegetables. 1/4 of your plate should be whole grains and 1/4 should be lean meats.
- Don't forget the dairy. Milk and yogurt have calcium, Vitamin D, folate and other nutrients to help keep your bones and mind strong. Select low or non-fat dairy products to reduce the fat in your diet.
- Choose lean proteins. White meat chicken, turkey, fish, seafood, and beans are all great lean protein choices. Proteins that have been baked, boiled or broiled are great choices for your plate. Eating proteins that are fried, breaded or covered in creamy sauces will add calories and fat to your diet.
For additional information, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Check Your BMIBody mass index (BMI) is a tool for measuring how your weight compares to a healthy weight. There are seperate BMI calculators for adults and children.For adults: It is important to eat a nutritious diet and aim for a healthy weight (a BMI of 18.5-24.9). Check your BMI at the National Institute of Health.