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USDA urges schools to serve healthy lunches National School Lunch Week, Oct. 11-15, highlights efforts to improve child nutrition, combat childhood obe- sity and encourage schools to partici- pate in USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), an initiative that recognizes schools for excellence in nutrition and physical activity. "National School Lunch Week stresses the importance of children being healthy and active, that they not go hungry, and that they have access to nutritious meals," Vilsack said. "Through the HealthierUS School Challenge, USDA recognizes schools that meet the highest standards for cre- ating and maintaining healthy school environments by promoting good nu- trition and physical activity." The HUSSC is a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign to end childhood obe- sity within a generation. Schools par- ticipating in the HUSSC voluntarily adopt USDA standards for food they serve at their schools, agree to provide nutrition education and provide oppor- tunities for physical activity. In February, the First Lady and USDA challenged stakeholders to dou- ble the number of HUSSC schools within in a year and add 1,000 schools per year for two years after that. Schools participating in the Challenge are recognized with Gold of Distinc- tion, Gold, Silver, or Bronze-level cer- tification. As of late September, 841 HUSSC awards have been made to schools. HUSSC certification also in- cludes monetary incentives for schools -$2,000 for Gold Award of Distinction, $1,500 for Gold, $1,000 for Silver and $500 for Bronze. USDA Food, Nutrition and Con- sumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon salutes the example set by HUSSC schools and underscored the importance of a strong legislation to reauthorize the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. "These programs provide vital nu- trition assistance to America's school- aged children and deserve our full support," he said. "Congress has the opportunity to pass improved legisla- tion in time to make important changes to our school meals this very year and future years and we urge them to pass this when they convene again in No- vember." The First Lady actively supports the HUSSC with innovative Let's Move! initiatives, including Chefs Move to Schools, a collaboration that links chefs with nearby schools, and most re- cently with the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition, launched in early September. This competition brings to- gether chefs, school nutrition profes- sionals, students and parents who work in teams to develop nutritious, deli- cious, kid-approved recipes for use in schools. Recipes must be submitted by Dec. 30. Winners will have a chance to compete in a national cook-off and $12,000 in prizes. For more informa- tion, please visit www.recipesforkid- schallenge.com. Improving USDA's child nutrition programs on behalf of nearly 32 mil- lion kids across the nation is a top pri- ority of the Obama Administration. Strengthening the Child Nutrition Act, which authorizes USDA's child nutri- tion programs including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, is the legislative centerpiece of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign. This legislation will serve as a down payment in battling hunger and food insecurity while pro- viding critical resources to raise a gen- eration of healthy children. To learn more about the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign, visit www.LetsMove.gov. USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs, in- cluding the child nutrition programs, that touch the lives of one in four Americans over the course of a year. These programs work in concert to form a national safety net against hunger. Visit www.fns.usda.gov for in- formation about FNS and nutrition as- sistance programs. DNR shallow lakes plan aims to boost waterfowl populations The Minnesota Department of Nat- ural Resources (DNR) aims to put more ducks in the sky by training its sights on 1.800 shallow lakes. That's the essence of a new plan re- leased today by the DNR's Section of Wildlife. The plan, called Managing Minnesota's Shallow Lakes for Water- fowl and Wildlife, outlines five actions the agency intends to take to rebuild waterfowl populations. "At its heart, this plan is about iden- tifying our best opportunities and man- aging them aggressively," said Dennis Simon. Section of Wildlife chief. "It also reflects an evolution in our think- ing. The plan emphasizes maximizmg the quality of shallow lakes on or adja- cent to existing public lands and wa- ters." Nicole Hansel-Welch, the DNR's shallow lakes supervisor and primary author of the plan. echoed Simon's sen- timents. She said the state's 4,000 shal- low lakes (lakes larger than 50 acres and less than 16 feet deep) need to be assessed for their potential so that some can be managed in ways that benefit wildlife, hunters and others. "As an agency, we have a history of actively managing our wildlife man- agement areas, prairies and forests by shearing, prescribed burning, harvest- ing timber and implementing other ac- tivities," she said. "We have also restored many wetlands on these lands, but believe we can do much more with our shallow aquatic systems. This first- ever shallow lakes plan addresses that need as part of our long-range duck re- covery plan." The plan targets 1.800 basins with adjacent public land. Its five primary objectives are to: Assess the habitat quality of Min- nesota's shallow lakes so conservation 244 shallow lakes with public access, especially those already designated as Migratory Waterfowl Feeding and Resting Areas. Increase awareness and protection of lakes that contain natural stands of wild rice, an important waterfowl food. Maximize waterfowl habitat on some 1,700 shallow lakes that abut fed- eral, state or county ownership. The plan. currently in draft form, is open for public comment through Monday, Nov. 1. It is available on the DNR's website at mndnr.gov/shal- lowlakesplan. Comments can be made online, via e-mail to nicole.hansel- welch@ state.mn.us or by mailing writ- ten comments to Shallow Lakes Plan, 1601 Minnesota Drive, Brainerd. MN 56401-0030. Jamboree keeps country tradition The Wilmot Community Club will play host to their first Whetstone Jamboree  beginning Saturday, November 13th at the Wilmot Community Center. Naming the event, Club members felt using the name Whetstone would include a larg- er area, as well as Peever to carry on the music tradition of the Peever Jamboree, which enid their 16 year run this past spring. The Classic's, a country group from the area will be the featured band for this first month beginning at 7:30 pro. Area musicians are welcome to participate in this introductory music festival singing with the Classic's. Many young singers in the area found the Peever Jamboree a great place to perform and gain experience for their musical interest. No karaoke music will be allowed. Country bands are welcome to par- ticipate in the monthly event when time allows. Plans are for the Whetstone Jamboree to be held the second Saturday of each month. For more information, musicians can con- tact Cheryl Rondeau-Bassett at 605- 938-4707 or crondeau@tnics.com. Prior to the Jamboree, a fundralser supper will be held from 5 to 7 pm at the Community Center by the Wilmot Community Club. Concessions will also be available during the jamboree. Proceeds of the event will be used toward the purchase of new ceiling speakers, risers, lighting, and other needs of the Community Club for the summer dinner theater and other per- formance events. F5EOPLE WHO READ NEWSPAPERS ARE STUDENTS WiTH BETTER GRADES it all starts with Newspapers MTENTION HUNTER00 We want hunting photos for the newspaper I Either drop off a picture of your bird or deer at the Independent office call us at 839-6163 and we'll come take a picture or email full size, direct from camera to-" mail@ortonvilleindependent.com i INDEPENDENT WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS! I NEW AND IMPROVED... HOBO SOUP Is Back In Town! Available locally at Hartman's Super Valu Foods, Pioneer Meat Market and Sausage Kitchen, MacDaddy's C-Store, Carlson Drug and Berens Warehouse Foods. New Recipe... Now with NO MSG! DEEEEEEEELICIO US ! 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