Dodson To Attend National Nutrition Conference

        CARROLLTON, GA – Linette Dodson, director of School Nutrition for Carrollton City Schools, is traveling to Washington, D.C., next week to take part in a national gathering slated to meet with members of Congress to support national momentum to improve school nutrition.
        Dodson was invited to participate by the event’s sponsor, the Pew Charitable Trust, to showcase how Carrollton City Schools is at the forefront of the national school health movement by serving and selling healthier meals, snacks, and drinks to students.
        “I appreciate the opportunity to be involved with this event and look forward to meeting with legislators to discuss current school nutrition-related issues,” said Dodson.
        The district has been recognized numerous times over the past few years for leading the charge in the healthier evolution of school meals. Dodson and her team also have worked hard to secure grant funding to implement innovative programs to support this initiative and to market healthier school meal choices and the importance of physical activity to students, parents and the community at large. Recognized for her leadership, Dodson was named the Georgia School Nutrition Association Director of the Year in 2013 and was appointed by the governor to a state nutrition board in December.
        Dodson said her program began making changes to its foods and beverages several years ago. It is now serving more fruits and vegetables, offers more whole grains and low-fat milk, and has replaced sugary drinks in the vending machines with bottled water. Throughout the process, Carrollton City Schools has worked to generate student support and has maintained overall school food service revenue. The district also is a member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, and has made these changes with the support of the program.
        Healthier nutrition standards for school meals across the nation went into effect in the fall of 2012. To accompany the healthy changes to school meals, updated national standards for school snacks and drinks will go into effect at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
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