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09/10/19

The Makings of a SAGE Menu

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SAGE Dining Services® has been promoting our All Foods Fit philosophy since our beginning in 1990. We know that proper nutrition can have a big impact on students’ academic performance, attendance, athletic performance, and long-term wellness. That’s why we put such care into making sure every menu provides a variety of recipes to properly fuel our communities and suit all tastes. Every menu is composed of a variety of from-scratch recipes. Each recipe begins as a SAGE Chef's idea. It’s...

08/28/18

How to Navigate Your SAGE Menu

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As you look forward to the school year ahead, we encourage you to look over your menu in advance to plan what to eat, especially if you have food allergies or follow a specific eating pattern. This guide will remind you of key features of our menu, and might even introduce you to something new! Access You can always access the menu via a web browser on any device, as well as through our Touch of SAGE™ mobile app. The...

08/20/18

EASY NUTRITIONAL GUIDANCE: UNDERSTANDING THE SAGE SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM®

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Eating well is a lifelong skill. In an increasingly fast-paced world with seemingly endless information,  sometimes it can be tricky to navigate all of our choices and understand what’s best for our nutrition. We eat to provide the fuel necessary for our bodies, but food is much more than that. With proper nutrition, we may experience other potential benefits such as improved attention and focus, fewer sick days, and improved cognitive and athletic performance. SAGE wants all of these benefits...

08/23/17

Easy Nutritional Guidance: Understanding the SAGE Spotlight Program®

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Eating well is a lifelong skill that’s difficult to learn in a world filled with persuasive food packaging, marketing and advertising, and fad diets. Enter SAGE’s Spotlight Program, a nutritional program designed to guide students of all ages in making healthy choices. The SAGE philosophy is that no foods are bad—everything has a place when you practice the principles of variety, balance, and moderation. We’re updating our established Spotlight program according to the most recent USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans...

10/25/16

A Spoonful of Added Sugar

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If you’re paying attention to headlines about nutrition, you’ve probably heard the buzz about added sugar. For the first time, the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting added sugars (not to be confused with natural sugars) to less than 10% of the calories in your diet. For the average adult consuming roughly 2,000 calories a day, that’s no more than 200 calories—about 12 teaspoons, or 50 grams, of added sugar. That’s three percent less than the average American consumes...

09/13/16

The Makings of a SAGE Menu

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SAGE Dining Services® has been promoting healthy eating habits since its beginning in 1990. We know that nutrition has a big impact on our students’ academic performance, attendance, athletic performance, and long-term health. That’s why we put such care into making sure every menu is delicious, nutritious, and diverse—no small feat. Every menu is composed of a variety of from-scratch recipes. Each recipe begins as an idea in a SAGE Chef’s head. It’s then submitted and tested in our kitchens...

02/22/16

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016

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Sunday, February 21st kicks off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year's campaign stresses early detection and intervention, a key focus in all SAGE communities. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, over 30 million Americans will struggle with an eating disorder—and many begin that struggle young. Children as young as seven have been diagnosed with eating disorders. While genetic predisposition is a factor in the development of eating disorders, environmental cues also make a huge impact—in combination with stressors...

01/29/16

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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The long-awaited 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans have been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The recommendations, designed to assist Americans in achieving lifelong health, are strikingly similar to the standards we have held at SAGE for more than 25 years. The five basic guidelines: 1. Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan. 2. Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount. 3. Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake...

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