Nutrition News Bites

July 2021 - Chippewa Valley School District

Happy Summer!

With school out, summertime is a great time for kids to be active. The current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans were established in 2018 and they recommend 60 minutes per day of physical activity for youth ages 6 to 17. Most of it can be moderate-intensity aerobic activity. Anything that gets their heart beating faster counts such as swimming, dog-walking and dancing. At least 3 days a week, encourage your kids to step it up to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity such as biking, hiking and playing sports.

Try getting active together! Make your morning walks a race, dance while dinner is in the oven or show them your favorite ways to move!

Remember to stay safe in the summer heat. Take the following steps to keep kids safe:

  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunglasses.
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF of 30 or greater.
  • Play in the shade when possible
  • Encourage kids to drink enough water, especially before, during and after physical activity.
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What's in Season in July?

Stone Fruit

Stone fruits include peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines and cherries! Stone fruits are most easily identifiable by their hard inner pit, which in some cases resembles a stone.

Storage Tips: Eat any of these fruits out-of-hand or chop and add to cereal, pancakes, smoothies or parfaits. With relatively short-term fresh availability, stone fruits can be frozen, canned or dried for year-round availability.

Fun Facts: The main difference between peaches and nectarines is that peaches have fuzzy skin and nectarines do not! Stone fruits are all members of the rose family. Michigan ranks fourth in the nation for peach production and fifth for plum production.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are available in a variety of colors and make it easy to add color to your plate! Bell peppers are an excellent source of Vitamin C and B6.

Storage Tips: Whole bell peppers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Just wash before using.

Serving Tips: Bell peppers are great raw or cooked! Dice any color bell pepper and toss it on a pizza before baking or in scrambled eggs. For an extra crunch, color, flavor and nutrition, stack slices of bell peppers on wraps and sandwiches. Bell peppers are great in chilis, pastas, stir-fry's and salads.

Food Service Updates

Summer Feeding - Meet Up and Eat Up!

Here at Chippewa Valley School District we are dedicated to ensuring that our students receive healthy nutritious meals during the school year. We want to encourage our students to continue with those healthy and nutritious meals during the summer as well. That is why we would like to direct you to Summer Food Service Programs available in your area. Please visit to find a Summer Food Service Program that is close to you.

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School Year 2021-2022

Thanks to a program extension from the USDA, Chippewa Valley Schools will feed all children 18 years and younger for FREE through the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

Chippewa Valley School District will offer curbside meal pick-up for virtual learning students through the 2021-2022 school year. Five breakfast and five lunches can be picked up every Friday at the Administration Building starting in September. Check our website for more details.

New to You!

School Wellness Committee

If you are interested in learning more or joining the Chippewa Valley School Wellness Committee, contact our district dietitian- Amanda Snider by emailing

Chippewa Valley Food & Nutrition Services

Food & Nutrition Services is responsible for the preparation and service of Breakfast and/or Lunch to the students of Chippewa Valley Schools.