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If you get a break at the conference here are a few of the Child Care Food Program Roundtable's favorite destinations;
Yoga in the office can be fun, innovative and relaxing with many long term benefits. Prolonged work on the computer strains the neck, shoulder and back muscles, which leads to tension and stiffness. Unless attended to properly, it could impact your ability to function effectively at the workplace, affecting your overall quality of life.
Key benefits include:
· Prevention of lower back issues. The Desk Yoga postures stretch out muscles around the lumbar vertebrae to counteract the compression of sitting on our bottoms! Tight hip flexors and the piriformis are stretched out, preventing sciatica.
· Opening of tight shoulders. Most of the day we spend with our arms in front of us and this tightens the shoulders. Desk Yoga helps to mobilise the joints and expand the front of the chest.
· Loosening stiff necks. We very rarely turn our heads and most of us carry stress and tension in our necks. Desk Yoga helps to relieve this tension.
· Improving energy levels. Desk Yoga involves postures that open the chest and heart area, therefore increasing oxygen uptake and increased vitality.
· Increased sense of wellbeing. Taking time out to do yoga postures can help people to bring their attention to themselves in the present moment and inspire a sense of connectedness. This can help people to cope with elevated levels of stress and tension.
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They came, they saw, they learned, they danced, they laughed, they were energized, appreciated, listened to, motivated and excited. CACFP 25th Annual CCFP Roundtable Conference attendees that's who.
The evaluations are in: words used to describe the conference exciting, energetic, informative, educational, happy, eventful. 4.5 Stars conference overall score tells us we did pretty good.
93% of the attendees would return to the conference site in Rancho Mirage.
95% thought the food was wonderful and greatly appreciated.
92% loved having the Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary USDA FNS at the conference General Session but especially at the Celebration on Monday evening, where he presented USDA Honors to Doris Fredericks, Ed Mattson and Jerry Bowers. Seems people like having their picture taken with the Under Secretary.
4.65 Stars: The Monday night event was everyone's favorite event out on the terrace, especially the champagne toast to our honorees and the CCFP Roundtable!
Photos Opportunities were enjoyed everyone said, but we knew by the amount of pictures taken.
4.75 Chef Michelle Bommarito and Andrea Farmer's Putting it to Practice General Session was a winner, everyone exclaimed.
Too Small to Fail, Strive for Five, MealtimeTalkTime, At the Farmers Market book was in demand. There will be information coming soon on how to get those books for providers.
Of particular interest was Mr. Concannon's remarks on Tuesday about the work everyone is doing and the CACFP take ACTION Challenge. So popular we have included it here:
"I want to acknowledge all of the great work that you have been doing out in the field, in advance of the regulation. I know that many of you—as administrators, as sponsors and as providers—stepped up to improve the nutritional value of CACFP meals before the regulation hit the streets.
By doing so, you were not only doing a great service to the children and
adults that you serve, but you were also making life easier for yourselves down the road, by positioning yourselves for a smooth implementation of the actual regulatory requirements.
You also kicked off the National CACFP Take Action Challenge last year, before the final rule was in place, engaging “ACTIONEERS” to implement healthy changes in their programs, their communities and their own lives."
He also applauded the Food Nutrition Services for all of their work and their participation in the CACFP take ACTION Challenge. Considering how extremely busy they are with the CACFP Meal Patterns we also applaud them.
The CCFP Roundtable also wants to applaud Mr. Concannon for his presence and participation in this great event.
Take a look at the pictures and videos, they are everywhere and they are of you!
Thank you for sharing this memorable conference with us again.
CCFP Roundtable Breakout Session Spotlight
Community Gardens - How Green Beans Saved the McCarthy Child Development and Training Center Pt.1 and Pt.2
This workshop is made up of two parts; First, a presentation on how the McCarthy Child Development and Training Center came back from near ruin to a fully NAEYC accredited program using nutrition and community gardens as its focus and rallying point for staff and community. Second, an on-site tour of the center and it's Community Garden and Kitchen Garden. The Community Garden is for families to learn to grow food and the Kitchen Garden grows food exclusively for the children's meal service. We harvest close to 1,000 pounds per year. Please note: Part 2 of this workshop requires an RSVP, attendees will have to use shared transportation to go to the on-site tour. Don't miss this opportunity.
RSVP for Part 2 to Chris - Rideshare
Dianne Russom, McCarthy Family Child Development & Training Center
Dianne Russom is the Program Director for the McCarthy Family Child Development & Training Center at College of the Desert. The center is the lab school for the Early Childhood Education program at the College. Ms. Russom has also been teaching at the college as Adjunct Faculty for nearly 15 years.
Chef Bommarito is going to bring the CACFP Meal Patterns to life at the CCFP Roundtable Conference on Tuesday morning by showcasing the White House Healthy Lunchtime Challenge during Tuesday morning's session. Right after Andrea Farmer, USDA FNS Bureau Chief updates us on the CACFP Meal Patterns.
The rest of the day Michelle will be showcasing the USDA's What Cooking? Mixing Bowl with 5 Mini Demos. Cooking Demos will be posted in the exhibitor area, come and visit with Michelle Bommarito and get ideas on Putting it to Practice, the new CACFP Meal Patterns that is! She loves cooking and sharing.
Chef Michelle Bommarito's name is synonymous with Food Network Cake Challenges, however the energetic entrepreneur has boldly stepped out of the pastry world and is now focusing on her true passion…sharing Culinary techniques on how to prepare energizing super power foods.
Bommarito is a Professional Chef that discovered after many experimental years how to stay fit by choosing the right foods to put into your body.She believes in reaching for food as your fuel and that what we eat definitely has an impact on our mind, body and spirit.Bommarito's goal is to make a difference in the fight against obesity and various cancers, more importantly just to remind people to take better care of "you".She speaks quite fast, so expect to learn an array of techniques for quick and easy, delicious, nutrient-rich recipes.
CACFP Child Care
We all know how important research is. Taren Swindle, PhD, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is inviting CACFP child care providers, centers and homes to participate in their research. Let's tell them what you know and do.
You are INVITED to send this out to your child care providers: Understanding Nutrition and Mealtimes Child Care survey. Share your thoughts and experiences. Join our survey:
We appreciate all responses. We would be glad to answer any questions you might have. You can call Taren Swindle at 870-236-0997 with any questions or concerns.”
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Fiscal Year 2017 CACFP & SFSP Area Eligibility Data now available
CACFP and SFSP Area Eligibility using Census Data
For more information about using census data for establishing area eligibility for CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) and SFSP (Summer Food Service Program), please see our policy memo available at this link.
At the start of every fiscal year, October 1, FNS releases the Census Bureau special tabulation, specifically requested for CACFP and SFSP, that establishes area eligibility in the CACFP and SFSP. These data are effective October 1.
The FNS mapping tools will be updated around October 1 and more information can be found at this link. Our partners, FRAC and Share our Strength will also be updating their mapping tools around this time as well. There will be a webinar discussing mapping tools, please find more information below!
NEW: Open Data Portal NEW this year - the CACFP SFSP area eligibility data can be viewed, filtered and downloaded in a variety of formats, and at any time, through our Open Data Portal. Please be aware of the long download times, due to the large file size.
Webinar: How to use Data in the CACFP and SFSP - Thursday, October 13, 2016
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
Description: Please join the FNS National Office, FRAC and Share Our Strength as they demonstrate the suite of mapping (GIS) tools built for both SFSP and CACFP participants, operators, partners and State agencies. Webinar participants will also learn how to access these tools and data as well as be given strategies for analyzing these data. This session will include the lessons learned about development of the tools and time for questions.
Target Audience: SFSP and CACFP program operators, partners and State agencies
To participate in the webinar on Thursday, October 13, 2016:
Please click on the link below a few minutes prior to the scheduled start of the webinar and follow the instructions (you may have to download a program to access the webinar):
Streaming audio will be available through your computer. If you are unable to use streaming through your computer, you can call in to listen to audio via your phone at 303-248-0285, Access Code: 6054013. (Note: This is a toll number and the maximum capacity for this phone line is 1000 participants. Streaming is no additional charge and has no participant cap.)
If you have technical issues logging onto the webinar tool:
call 1-800-843-9166 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Ready Talk Conferencing Support Website at https://support.readytalk.com/SP/
If you are unable to attend the LIVE webinar, there will be a recording of the webinar announced and posted on the FNS website a few weeks after the October 13th webinar.s placeholder text.
The CCFP Roundtable Advisory Committee are very excited for you to meet this years PHYLLIS BRAMSON Scholarship awardee. One of the board's favorite tasks for the conference is selecting the scholarship winner. Next year, it might be you. The application only requires that you be current member of the CCFP Roundtable and tell us why you want to receive the scholarship. You never know, unless you try. And try our winner did, her application arrived first in the beginning of the year.
It's our honor to introduce you the 2016 PHYLLIS BRAMSON Scholarship winner Mei Ou.
First of all, her CACFP Agency are CACFP take ACTION Challenge ACTIONEERS! Congratulations to them as they sent in some great challenge stories.
"Aloha! My name is Mei Ou. I was a preschool director and teacher for 14 years before taking the position at People Attentive To Children (PATCH) as the CCFP Program Manager. PATCH is the sponsoring organization for Daycare Homes in Hawaii.
I have been working as the Child Care Food Program Manager at PATCH for 2 years. It has been a wonderful and fruitful experience. I have learned so much about the Child and Adult Care Food Program and look forward to continuing this journey for a very long time.
I love this career so much that I hope I can retire carrying this title. I am very thankful for this scholarship and this opportunity to enhance my knowledge on Child and Adult Care Food Program and to meet and learn from all of you."
Keep a look out for Mei during the conference and make her feel right at home and don't forget to say ALOHA!
We were all waiting for the Federal Rates to be released and then they were.
Child and Adult Care Food Program: National Average Payment Rates, Day Care Home Food Service Payment Rates, and Administrative Reimbursement Rates for Sponsoring Organizations of Day Care Homes for the Period, July 1, 2016 Through June 30, 2017. A Notice by the Food and Nutrition Service on 08/05/2016
FRAC, the National CACFP Forum were the first ones to hit my inbox with the news on the rates.
CACFP Reimbursement Rates Released -USDA released the new reimbursement rates for the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Tom Copeland of Taking Care of Business fame was next and explained that for the first time in his memory the family child care rates went down. Read More
The Child Care Food Program Roundtable, National Association of Family Child Care and many more CACFP organizations and companies were getting the rate information out to CACFP participants as quick as they could. For me, it was another opportunity to see how really important it is to be a part of more than one of several organizations that support CACFP. This program can get complicated as well you know and receiving the different perspectives and insight is most useful when we are all such a diverse group, especially when we might have to explain it to other people. Thank you everyone for the emails and explanations.