Monthly Archives: October 2016

Erin Hirte Brings Experience, Expertise to School Programs

Erin Hirte, Manager of School Programs

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with experience in school foodservice management and child nutrition programs, Erin Hirte is hitting the ground running as the new Manager of School Programs for the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. The position reflects the Oregon dairy industry’s long-standing commitment to investing in child health and wellness.

Hirte started with the Council in September, filling the position formerly held by Crista Hawkins, who was promoted to Director of School Programs in June. “We were looking for a person with the right skillset, experience and vision to really take our programs to the next level, and we found that in Erin,” said Hawkins. “Having worked with her in her previous role with Portland Public Schools, we knew she’d be a great addition to our team and an asset for Oregon students and schools.”

The Manager of School Programs position is responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of Oregon’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In Oregon, that program is now well received by more than 700 schools and school districts throughout the state – at no cost to the schools. In fact, many schools also receive grant funding from the program to advance school wellness initiatives.

“I am thrilled to be working in a position where my efforts will help improve health and wellness for children in Oregon schools,” said Hirte. “We have the chance to put students in a better position to succeed both in and out of the classroom, and that cause is certainly one I champion.”

In addition to managing the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, the schools team is also responsible for school and district grants, School Wellness Awards, culinary trainings, school breakfast promotion and other school nutrition programs.

Dairy Celebrates Oregon’s Bounty: October 8 at the State Capitol

Free face painting, petting cuddly sheep, looking at antique tractors and picking pumpkins sounds like a fall day at the farm, but you can experience it all in downtown Salem by celebrating the harvest for Oregon’s Bounty, Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Capitol. Best of all, admission and parking is free.

Numerous activities will be available in the Capitol Galleria and State Capitol State Park throughout the entire four hours. The Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council is sponsoring a booth in partnership with the Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassadors. There will be a photo booth for you to get your picture taken as milk, cheese or yogurt.

Roundhouse Band will perform on the Capitol steps starting at 10 a.m. Free face painting will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Capitol building tours will be provided at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and three Tower Tours will be offered at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., weather permitting. Tower tours are limited to the first 50 people for each time slot.

There will be half hour performances by the Cherry City Cloggers at 11 a.m. and the Independence Wagon Wheelers Square Dancers at 1 p.m.

Claudia the Chinook Salmon, a large walk-through exhibit will be available to explore. There will be a free pumpkin patch for families, first-come, first-serve, limited to availability.

There is no charge for any activity and parking around the Capitol is free on Saturdays. This is a fun, safe, family-friendly event sponsored by the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.

For more information about the event, please visit www.oregoncapitol.com or contact the Oregon State Capitol Visitor Services Department at 503-986-1388.

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