|By PR Newswire||
|December 14, 2012 02:00 PM EST||
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Principals, teachers, students and staff at 490 campuses across Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) received an early holiday present from the USDA today, collectively accepting a total of $252,000 for winning "Healthier US Schools Challenge" (HUSSC) awards for promoting nutrition and physical activities at their respective schools. HUSSC is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program which have created healthier school environments through the promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
"This accomplishment reinforces our commitment to serve nutritious meals and encourage our students to stay fit," said LAUSD Superintendent Dr. John Deasy. "Studies show that when students eat right, exercise regularly and get proper rest, their health not only improves, but they also do better in school."
Awarded the most HUSSC awards in 2011, LAUSD received recognition and monetary awards based on the schools' commitment to promoting health and nutrition: Bronze ($500), Silver ($1,000) and Gold Award of Distinction ($2,000). Top honors were received by the following campuses:
Gold Award of Distinction:
Castelar Elementary School
112th Street Elementary School
Glassell Park Elementary School
Brockton Elementary School
Lorena Elementary School
Leland Elementary School
Purche Elementary School
Reseda Elementary School
In February 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Let's Move!, incorporating the Healthier US School Challenge into her campaign to raise a generation of healthier children. At that time, monetary incentive awards became available for each HUSSC award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction.
Criteria to become a HUSSC school include: enrollment as a Team Nutrition School and having a nutrition advocate on campus; offering meals that demonstrate healthy menu planning practices; providing nutrition and physical education to students, and the opportunity for physical activity. Schools that received the Gold Award of Distinction have more than 65 percent of students participate in the school meal program, and a minimum of 10 percent of the student population eat the vegetable of the day. In addition, all of these schools do not serve/sell those foods not approved (competitive foods) by the USDA, the California Department of Education (CDE) or District policy.
"These awards became a reality as a result of our partnership with the Office of Physical Education, Food Services Division, Network for a Healthy California—LAUSD, Beyond the Bell and Student Health and Human Services Division," said David Binkle, LAUSD Director of Food Services. "To receive these many awards is truly an honor and the monetary contributions would go a long away to further educate students about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity."
LAUSD's Food Services Department has been one of the leaders in setting school food nutrition policies nationally. Aside from the HUSSC awards, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a national nonprofit organization that promotes healthy diets, honored LAUSD's Food Services Department with the "Golden Carrot" for making major nutritional policy changes thereby establishing the District as a recognized national leader in the effort to promote healthy food and lifestyles to combat diabetes, obesity and other health issues. The California Endowment also honored Food Services Director David Binkle with the "Health Happens Hero" award for his efforts to deliver healthy, nutritious, and delicious meals to local students.
Since 2002, LAUSD has instituted major nutritional policy changes making the District a recognized national leader in the effort to promote healthy food and lifestyles to combat diabetes, obesity and other health issues. LAUSD continually revamps its menu to offer a variety of student-approved, plant-based entrees, including vegetable tamales, fresh salads, vegetable bean burgers, and tortellini with a butternut squash sauce. In addition, the District created the "I'M IN" campaign, an all-inclusive program designed to raise awareness about the District's healthy meals to help fight childhood obesity and to encourage student attendance.
In 2004, the CDE and LAUSD began monitoring physical education programs to ensure that the proper quality and quantity are provided to District students to learn the skills and knowledge to be physically active and healthy adults. With the strong leadership of the school board and superintendent, LAUSD has created policy changes to combat obesity-related diseases and implement the "physical education plan" that has been recognized as a best practice example for the school districts throughout California to provide quality physical education for all students.
For a full list of schools awarded, see attached, visit Team Nutrition website at:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/healthierus/California.html or the LAUSD Food Services
Website at: http://cafe-la.lausd.net. For more information about the "I'M IN" campaign, visit http://www.facebook.com/ImInLAUSD.
SOURCE Los Angeles Unified School District
The true value of the Internet of Things (IoT) lies not just in the data, but through the services that protect the data, perform the analysis and present findings in a usable way. With many IoT elements rooted in traditional IT components, Big Data and IoT isn’t just a play for enterprise. In fact, the IoT presents SMBs with the prospect of launching entirely new activities and exploring innovative areas. CompTIA research identifies several areas where IoT is expected to have the greatest impact.
Mar. 3, 2015 02:00 AM EST Reads: 3,082
Wearable devices have come of age. The primary applications of wearables so far have been "the Quantified Self" or the tracking of one's fitness and health status. We propose the evolution of wearables into social and emotional communication devices. Our BE(tm) sensor uses light to visualize the skin conductance response. Our sensors are very inexpensive and can be massively distributed to audiences or groups of any size, in order to gauge reactions to performances, video, or any kind of presentation. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Jocelyn Scheirer, CEO & Founder of Bionolux, will discuss ho...
Mar. 3, 2015 12:00 AM EST Reads: 3,025
Cloud data governance was previously an avoided function when cloud deployments were relatively small. With the rapid adoption in public cloud – both rogue and sanctioned, it’s not uncommon to find regulated data dumped into public cloud and unprotected. This is why enterprises and cloud providers alike need to embrace a cloud data governance function and map policies, processes and technology controls accordingly. In her session at 15th Cloud Expo, Evelyn de Souza, Data Privacy and Compliance Strategy Leader at Cisco Systems, will focus on how to set up a cloud data governance program and s...
Mar. 2, 2015 11:30 PM EST Reads: 733
The Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) market will grow to $6.4B by 2018. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Seth Bostock, CEO of IndependenceIT, will begin by walking the audience through the evolution of Workspace as-a-Service, where it is now vs. where it going. To look beyond the desktop we must understand exactly what WaaS is, who the users are, and where it is going in the future. IT departments, ISVs and service providers must look to workflow and automation capabilities to adapt to growing demand and the rapidly changing workspace model.
Mar. 2, 2015 11:00 PM EST Reads: 639
As organizations shift toward IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. CommVault can ensure protection &E-Discovery of your data – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Partnerships, will discuss how to cut costs, scale easily, and unleash insight with CommVault Simpana software, the only si...
Mar. 2, 2015 09:45 PM EST Reads: 613
Hadoop as a Service (as offered by handful of niche vendors now) is a cloud computing solution that makes medium and large-scale data processing accessible, easy, fast and inexpensive. In his session at Big Data Expo, Kumar Ramamurthy, Vice President and Chief Technologist, EIM & Big Data, at Virtusa, will discuss how this is achieved by eliminating the operational challenges of running Hadoop, so one can focus on business growth. The fragmented Hadoop distribution world and various PaaS solutions that provide a Hadoop flavor either make choices for customers very flexible in the name of opti...
Mar. 2, 2015 09:30 PM EST Reads: 650
Containers and microservices have become topics of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 16th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York June 9-11 will find fresh new content in a new track called PaaS | Containers & Microservices Containers are not being considered for the first time by the cloud community, but a current era of re-consideration has pushed them to the top of the cloud agenda. With the launch of Docker's initial release in March of 2013, interest was revved up several notches. Then late last...
Mar. 2, 2015 07:15 PM EST Reads: 822
Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, had reached 30,000 page views on his home page - http://RobertoMedrano.SYS-CON.com/ - on the SYS-CON family of online magazines, which includes Cloud Computing Journal, Internet of Things Journal, Big Data Journal, and SOA World Magazine. He is a recognized executive in the information technology fields of SOA, internet security, governance, and compliance. He has extensive experience with both start-ups and large companies, having been involved at the beginning of four IT industries: EDA, Open Systems, Computer Security and now SOA.
Mar. 2, 2015 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,366
HP and Aruba Networks on Monday announced a definitive agreement for HP to acquire Aruba, a provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, for $24.67 per share in cash. The equity value of the transaction is approximately $3.0 billion, and net of cash and debt approximately $2.7 billion. Both companies' boards of directors have approved the deal. "Enterprises are facing a mobile-first world and are looking for solutions that help them transition legacy investments to the new style of IT," said Meg Whitman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of HP...
Mar. 2, 2015 04:00 PM EST Reads: 755
The industrial software market has treated data with the mentality of “collect everything now, worry about how to use it later.” We now find ourselves buried in data, with the pervasive connectivity of the (Industrial) Internet of Things only piling on more numbers. There’s too much data and not enough information. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Bob Gates, Global Marketing Director, GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, to discuss how realizing the power of IoT, software developers are now focused on understanding how industrial data can create intelligence for industrial operations. Imagine ...
Mar. 2, 2015 03:15 PM EST Reads: 1,466
Operational Hadoop and the Lambda Architecture for Streaming Data Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing and analyzing streaming data is the Lambda Architecture, representing a model of how to analyze rea...
Mar. 2, 2015 02:00 PM EST Reads: 1,435
SYS-CON Events announced today that Vitria Technology, Inc. will exhibit at SYS-CON’s @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Vitria will showcase the company’s new IoT Analytics Platform through live demonstrations at booth #330. Vitria’s IoT Analytics Platform, fully integrated and powered by an operational intelligence engine, enables customers to rapidly build and operationalize advanced analytics to deliver timely business outcomes for use cases across the industrial, enterprise, and consumer segments.
Mar. 2, 2015 01:45 PM EST Reads: 1,304
The explosion of connected devices / sensors is creating an ever-expanding set of new and valuable data. In parallel the emerging capability of Big Data technologies to store, access, analyze, and react to this data is producing changes in business models under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular within the Insurance industry, IoT appears positioned to enable deep changes by altering relationships between insurers, distributors, and the insured. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Sick, a Senior Manager and Big Data Architect within Ernst and Young's Financial Servi...
Mar. 2, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 1,366
SYS-CON Events announced today that Open Data Centers (ODC), a carrier-neutral colocation provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Open Data Centers is a carrier-neutral data center operator in New Jersey and New York City offering alternative connectivity options for carriers, service providers and enterprise customers.
Mar. 2, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 1,984
Mar. 2, 2015 10:30 AM EST Reads: 2,691
PubNub on Monday has announced that it is partnering with IBM to bring its sophisticated real-time data streaming and messaging capabilities to Bluemix, IBM’s cloud development platform. “Today’s app and connected devices require an always-on connection, but building a secure, scalable solution from the ground up is time consuming, resource intensive, and error-prone,” said Todd Greene, CEO of PubNub. “PubNub enables web, mobile and IoT developers building apps on IBM Bluemix to quickly add scalable realtime functionality with minimal effort and cost.”
Mar. 2, 2015 10:00 AM EST Reads: 4,870
Sensor-enabled things are becoming more commonplace, precursors to a larger and more complex framework that most consider the ultimate promise of the IoT: things connecting, interacting, sharing, storing, and over time perhaps learning and predicting based on habits, behaviors, location, preferences, purchases and more. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture at Plantronics, will examine the still nascent IoT as it is coalescing, including what it is today, what it might ultimately be, the role of wearable tech, and technology gaps stil...
Mar. 2, 2015 09:45 AM EST Reads: 1,012
In the consumer IoT, everything is new, and the IT world of bits and bytes holds sway. But industrial and commercial realms encompass operational technology (OT) that has been around for 25 or 50 years. This grittier, pre-IP, more hands-on world has much to gain from Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications and principles. But adding sensors and wireless connectivity won’t work in environments that demand unwavering reliability and performance. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ron Sege, CEO of Echelon, will discuss how as enterprise IT embraces other IoT-related technology trends, enterprises with i...
Mar. 2, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 2,316
When it comes to the Internet of Things, hooking up will get you only so far. If you want customers to commit, you need to go beyond simply connecting products. You need to use the devices themselves to transform how you engage with every customer and how you manage the entire product lifecycle. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, will show how “product relationship management” can help you leverage your connected devices and the data they generate about customer usage and product performance to deliver extremely compelling and reliabl...
Mar. 2, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,419
The Internet of Things (IoT) is causing data centers to become radically decentralized and atomized within a new paradigm known as “fog computing.” To support IoT applications, such as connected cars and smart grids, data centers' core functions will be decentralized out to the network's edges and endpoints (aka “fogs”). As this trend takes hold, Big Data analytics platforms will focus on high-volume log analysis (aka “logs”) and rely heavily on cognitive-computing algorithms (aka “cogs”) to make sense of it all.
Mar. 2, 2015 09:00 AM EST Reads: 1,187