SOURCE: Chartwells School Dining Services

Chartwells School Dining Services

April 19, 2012 16:00 ET

Chartwells School Dining Services and Morrison Management Specialists Establish Dietetic Internship Program

RYE BROOK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2012) - As leading employers of registered dietitians, Chartwells School Dining Services and Morrison Management Specialists are proud to announce the establishment of a nationwide distance-learning dietetic internship program. The wellness needs of our school children has become a national priority, and this practical learning experience prepares interns to become registered dietitians in our schools after they have been awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Food and Nutrition. Registered dietitians working in school food service operations can lend their expertise in a variety of areas to promote student health and learning.

Chartwells School Dining Services is a major provider of dining services for over 550 public school districts and private schools nationwide. Providing a concentration in school nutrition, our custom designed internship provides an important added value to our districts. Our interns participate in nutrition education, food allergy management, menu and recipe development, as well as traditional foodservice management functions. As major market employers in the healthcare and school food service industries, Morrison and Chartwells are well-equipped to provide interns with the experiences and skills needed to become leaders in the field of nutrition and food service management.

Since the inaugural class of Morrison-Chartwells dietetic interns began in the fall, the program has been off to a great start. In February, Chartwells collaborated with South Middle School in Brockton, MA, to promote the "Be a Flexitarian" program. The dietetic intern developed promotional materials for the tray line and bulletin boards in the cafeteria. The intern also discussed with students the benefits of incorporating more vegetarian options into their diet. Many students opted for the hot meal -- a vegetable stir fry -- instead of pizza. By the end of lunch, many students were proclaiming themselves "Flexitarians."

Interns at Edison High School, NJ, hosted a Heart Healthy Snack Attack station this past Valentine's Day. The goals of the event were to encourage healthy eating by promoting and educating students and staff about healthy snacks, as well as obtaining feedback from students about their snacking habits. This information was used to assess the current snack food menu and explore student suggested changes. Healthy Snacking take home messages were provided for the students and their families.

At Newtown, CT, Public Schools, interns worked a "Chefs 2 Schools" event featuring guest chefs Barrie Lobo, Jeremy Santana and Glenn Brunetti, who prepared and served 1,250 hot and cold salad bowl meals as free samples. They also hosted "Snack Attack" and "Get Your Plate in Shape" promotions. The sampling events were very popular, with as much as 47% of the student population partaking in the healthy snacks offered by the guest chefs.

"Leadership from dietitians is rapidly growing in school nutrition programs as Chartwells partners with its school districts to help educate students and their families about the joys of healthful eating," said Margie Saidel, MPH, RD, LDN, Vice President of Nutrition and Sustainability for Chartwells. "Our dietetic internship is adding value to our schools by allowing more districts to experience working with nutrition professionals." For more information on the Chartwells/Morrison Distance Dietetic Internship Program, visit www.rdinternship.com.

About Chartwells School Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group provides dining services for over 550 public school districts and private schools, comprising over 6,000 separate elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit www.eatlearnlive.com.

About Morrison Management Specialists
Morrison Management Specialists, a member of Compass Group, is the nation's only food service company exclusively dedicated to providing food, nutrition and hospitality services to the health care and senior living communities through its two operating divisions: Morrison Healthcare Food Services and Morrison Senior Living. With over 1,200 registered dietitians, 450 executive chefs and 18,600 professional food service team members, Morrison is actively committed to fostering ways to enjoy great-tasting, healthy food through socially responsible practices and superior customer service. The Atlanta-based company serves over 950 hospitals, integrated health care systems and senior living communities in the United States. Visit www.IamMorrison.com for more information.

Contact Information

  • Ayde Lyons
    Chartwells School Dining Services
    Phone: 914-935-5320
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