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PBGHS Gators to host Food Fest Mania # 2 May 8

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In support of Palm Beach Gardens Community High School’s Five Star Magnet Program, Food Fest Mania # 2 will take place this Thursday, May 8, in the parking lot of PBGHS from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Students of all ages and their parents are invited to come out to support and enjoy a variety of foods and good music. The following trucks (along with a few others) have confirmed: Pizza Trolley, Famous Wings, Ice Cream on Wheels, Burrito Bust, Crazy Meatball, Veggie Xpress, Plus there will be music and great weather! All proceeds will go to the Palm Beach Gardens High School Five Star Magnet Program.

Magnet schools are free public elementary and secondary schools of choice that are operated by school districts or a consortium of districts. Magnet schools have a focused theme and aligned curricula in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Fine and Performing Arts, International Baccalaureate, International Studies, MicroSociety, Career and Technology, World Languages (immersion and non-immersion) and many others. Magnet schools are typically more “hands on – minds on” and use an approach to learning that is inquiry or performance/project based. They use state, district, or Common Core standards in all subject areas, however, they are taught within the overall theme of the school.

Most magnet schools do not have entrance criteria, but rather, embody the belief that all students have interests and talents that families and educators believe are better cultivated in a magnet school. They often use a random computer-based lottery system for admission. There are also “Talented & Gifted” magnet schools that may utilize student assessment data and teacher or parent recommendations for selection.

Diversity is an important element of a magnet school. Since student interest in a theme is the only eligibility criteria to attend a magnet school, students from a wide array of backgrounds attend magnet schools. As a result, promote higher level cognitive and social learning. Magnet schools make the extra effort to create a sense of classroom and school community and cultivate school spirit. Curriculum is also clear and transparent for families so they can more fully engage in the learning of their students. Magnet schools serve all students including English learners as well as students receiving Special Education services. Transportation is typically also provided for no cost to families.

Five Star Magnet Program Mission Statement: To provide qualified students interested in the Global Business & Entrepreneurship, Sports Management & Recreation, Tourism, Hospitality & Resort Management, Medical, Culinary Arts, and Television & Film industries with superior academic experiences and career opportunities within those disciplines while preparing them for post-secondary education and future employment.

(See list below of information on dietary guidelines for Americans)

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, May 2014

Dietary Guidelines
Dietary Guidelines Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Dietary Guidelines

Eating and physical activity patterns that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active can help people attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce their risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 exemplifies these strategies through recommendations that accommodate the food preferences, cultural traditions, and customs of the many and diverse groups who live in the United States.  

By law (Public Law 101-445, Title III, 7 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.), Dietary Guidelines for Americans is reviewed, updated if necessary, and published every 5 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly create each edition. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 is based on the Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and consideration of Federal agency and public comments.


REF:  Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 (Released 1/31/11)

To become healthy Americans
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To become healthy Americans

Dietary Guidelines recommendations traditionally have been intended for healthy Americans ages 2 years and older. However, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 is being released at a time of rising concern about the health of the American population. Poor diet and physical inactivity are the most important factors contributing to an epidemic of overweight and obesity affecting men, women, and children in all segments of our society. Even in the absence of overweight, poor diet and physical inactivity are associated with major causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Therefore, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 is intended for Americans ages 2 years and older, including those at increased risk of chronic disease.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 also recognizes that in recent years nearly 15 percent of American households have been unable to acquire adequate food to meet their needs.  This dietary guidance can help them maximize the nutritional content of their meals. Many other Americans consume less than optimal intake of certain nutrients even though they have adequate resources for a healthy diet. This dietary guidance and nutrition information can help them choose a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet.  

PHOTO:  Florida Department of Agriculture works diligently to keep out invading species, such as African snails, from destroying plant life and becoming hinderances to humans.

REF:  Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 (Released 1/31/11)



Let's move it America
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Let's move it America

The intent of the Dietary Guidelines is to summarize and synthesize knowledge about individual nutrients and food components into an interrelated set of recommendations for healthy eating that can be adopted by the public. Taken together, the Dietary Guidelines recommendations encompass two overarching concepts:

Maintain calorie balance over time to achieve and sustain a healthy weight.  People who are most successful at achieving and maintaining a healthy weight do so through continued attention to consuming only enough calories from foods and beverages to meet their needs and by being physically active. To curb the obesity epidemic and improve their health, many Americans must decrease the calories they consume and increase the calories they expend through physical activity.

focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods and beverages.  Americans currently consume too much sodium and too many calories from solid fats, added sugars, and refined grains.  These replace nutrient-dense foods and beverages and make it difficult for people to achieve recommended nutrient intake while controlling calorie and sodium intake.  A healthy eating pattern limits intake of sodium, solid fats, added sugars, and reined grains and emphasizes nutrient-dense foods and beverages—vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, and nuts and seeds.


REF:  Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 (Released 1/31/11)