“I Tried It!”

Rochester Hy-Vee dietitians Kathy, Kayley and Sara took part in the School Age Child Care (SACC) “I Tried It” event at three different elementary schools on July 31.  Each dietitian was assigned to a Rochester elementary school: Ben Franklin, Sunset Terrace and Gage.  Each of the schools included approximately 250 students. 

During this presentation children used their five senses to learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables. After learning about the produce, they had the opportunity to try each one to see how they taste.  Each dietitian brought rainbow baby carrots, cauliflower, jicama, pomegranate seeds and mango.  Students were encouraged to try a new fruit or vegetable and received an “I Tried It” sticker. 

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Melon Mania!

by Kathy Hamlin, RD, LD

On July 28, Hy-Vee Crossroads dietitian Kathy held melon sampling in the produce aisle.  A variety of melons were sampled along with a few fun facts about each melon:

Santa Claus melon

This melon is green and gold to bright yellow-striped and somewhat resembles a small watermelon. Inside is a mellow and mildly flavored flesh very similar to that of a honeydew. The ripest Santa Claus melon will have soft blossom ends that yield to gentle pressure and a vibrant yellow hue. Because of its thick skin, this melon does not release a tell-tale aroma when ripe.

This melon was named for its long-keeping qualities, i.e., “until Christmas.”

Hami melon

This melon is referred to as the Chinese Hami melon or the snow melon. The outer color is generally white through pink or yellow through green. The inside flesh is sweet and crisp and taste is similar to cantaloupe. It has sweet/crisp flesh and can be frozen for later use in desserts and the seeds can be roasted.

Canary melon

This melon has a sweet flavor that is slightly tangier than a honeydew melon. The flesh looks like that of a pear but is softer and tastes a little like a cantaloupe. When ripe, the rind has a slightly waxy feel.  It is an excellent source of fiber: 10 grams per ½ cup serving.  It pairs well with citrus or ginger flavors and it makes a good cold soup.

The name comes from its bright yellow color, which resembles that of the canary

Golden Dewlicious melon

This melon is a hybrid honeydew with crisp white flesh that is juicy, sweet and consists of 90% water. It’s indicator of ripeness is its faint aroma and slight opening at blossom end.

Traditional honeydew melons look the same whether they are ripe or not. Dewlicious melons gradually start to turn a golden yellow 8 to 10 days before maturity in the field. The change in color provides growers an indication of when to pick the melon at peak ripeness, taking out the guesswork for the grower as well as the consumer and providing a consistently delicious flavor experience.

Kathy Hamlin, RD, LD is your Rochester Hy-Vee South registered dietitian.  She grew up in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  She completed her dietetic internship at St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions Hospital) in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Kathy has worked in various areas of clinical nutrition, including at Mayo Clinic, and the majority of her career spent working in school nutrition.  In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors, gardening, cooking and spending time with family. She is passionate about food and nutrition and helping people live a healthier and happier life! For more posts from Kathy, click HERE.

Hy-Vee One Step at Gage Elementary

by Kayley Gamm, RD, LD

Hy-Vee Inc. recently awarded 156 One Step Garden Grants totaling $156,000 to community organizations and Hy-Vee stores as part of the Hy-Vee One Step program.

Each recipient received $1,000. These grants will be used to purchase seeds, plants, garden tools and food preservation equipment for community gardens. One Step Garden Grants are given to community gardens that teach those in need about health and nutrition through the process of planting, tending and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables.

Hy-Vee’s One Step program uses a portion of the proceeds from the sale of earth-friendly, everyday products to benefit local and worldwide charitable causes. The products include a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes, shredded wheat cereal, paper towels, facial tissue, bath tissue, napkins and bottled water. Sales of One Step Russet Potatoes fund the One Step Garden Grants; for each bag a customer purchases, 5 cents goes toward funding the community garden grants.

Community groups and organizations applied online for the grants, and their applications were judged based on demonstrated participation of community stakeholders; consideration of challenges that come with maintaining a community garden; the integration of the garden into the community; and intended use of the garden’s produce.

Including this year’s recipients, Hy-Vee has awarded 740 garden grants since 2013. Overall, the One Step program has donated more than $1.3 million in product sales since its inception in 2011.

This year, Gage Elementary School received the grant to continue to grow its current community garden. Kayley Gamm, registered dietitian, and Joey Smith, manager from Hy-Vee on 37th St., went to the school to present the check. Following the check presentation, students and teachers planted the herbs that they had been growing in their classroom.

Kayley Gamm, RD, LD, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Community Medical Dietetics from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. After graduation, she moved to Quincy, IL where she worked as both an inpatient and outpatient dietitian. While in Illinois, she developed a diabetes education program as well as a community-based wellness program. She then moved to Medford, OR, where she spent a year and a half as a diabetes educator. For the past year and a half she has been living and working in New Zealand. Kayley has a passion for program development and community education. Her most recent project was starting a medical clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There, she acted as medical director and developed a telemedicine program to bring nutrition education to the country. Kayley grew up in Mantorville, so returns to the Rochester area to be closer to family and friends. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, reading and eating at new restaurants. For more posts from Kayley, click here.

Fresh Funds at Hy-Vee

For the second year in a row, your Rochester Hy-Vee stores are partnering with Channel One on the Fresh Funds program. Our goal is to fill the food shelf with fresh, nutritious foods.

Throughout the month of April, customers will be invited to donate $5, $10 or $20 at checkout. The money is then deposited into a separate account for Channel One. The food shelf receives 100 percent of the total amount collected and will use the funds to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products for the food shelf clients.

In March 2016, the Rochester Hy-Vee stores successfully raised a total of $3,974.60 through the Fresh Funds program.

Channel One Regional Food Bank and Food Shelf currently serves 100,000 individuals throughout 14 counties. Every month, 3,400 local families visit the Channel One Supplemental Food Shelf.

The Fresh Funds program is intended to help reduce hunger and obesity in Olmsted County. It was adapted from Living Healthy in Washington County – Fresh Green Buck$ and is supported by the Olmsted County Statewide Health Improvement Program and Minnesota Department of Health.