Laura is the creative force behind innovative, inspiring education materials – designed to move learners from information “know how” into actionable “how to” and “can do” applications, producing improved work performance and personal health. Check out the many resources Laura has developed for planning healthy meals for schools, nutrition education, healthy eating, teaching young children about foods, and professionals standards for school nutrition professionals. Get this same dedication for your project,
Menu Planner for School Meals (United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Team Nutrition)
The Menu Planner for School Meals (Menu Planner) is a comprehensive guide for local school nutrition professionals to assist them with developing healthy, safe, affordable, and appealing school meals and snacks that meet the meal pattern requirements. The resource features an introduction, seven chapters (Child Nutrition and School Meals, Food-based Menu Planning, Menu Development, Meal Preparation Documentation, Procurement and Inventory Management, Menu Modifications for Dietary Restrictions and Marketing School Meals for Success) an answer key, a glossary of terms, and appendixes. Food safety is interwoven throughout the resource to help schools develop and support the culture of food safety throughout the school system. Laura’s team for this project included Liz Marr, MS, RDN, FAND and Hope Hale, MS, RD, SNS .
Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness (Institute of Child Nutrition, formerly National Food Service Management Institute)
The Breakfast Lunch Training (BLT) Module, Nutrition 101: A Taste of Food and Fitness provides a basic overview of nutrition for personal application with connections to school meals. The module incorporates a variety of learning activities to engage participants on a personal level. Laura wrote the 1st and 2nd editions of the resource and the 1st edition of the online course; ICN has updated the resource to the current 4th edition.
Grow It! Try It! Like It! (United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Team Nutrition)
Laura’s creative writing and editing talents grew into this wonderful resource for introducing and vegetables to young children in this USDA Team Nutrition resource for child care settings. It is a delightful trip to an imaginary farm where delicious fruits and vegetables grow. Six different foods are featured. Team Nutrition recently added version for home-based child cares.
The Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professionals (United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service)
Laura teamed up with Liz Marr, MS, RDN, FAND to write this resource and provided by USDA.
See the Difference Nutrient Bar Graph Cards (Washington State Dairy Council)
In collaboration with Martha Marino and her team at Washington State Dairy Council, this education resource raises the bar on understanding foods and the essential nutrients they provide.