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Kudos for Stafford Tech Center

RUTLAND Stafford Technical Center is listed as part of a success story on the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors website. As part of its commitment to offer more healthy choices to students, Stafford Technical Center in cooperation with the Vermonts Departments of Education and Health, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, have developed nutrition and policy guidelines in response to Act 161 of the Vermont State Legislature which promotes wellness in Vermont public schools. Staffords campus store, Campus Common Grounds, is applying these standards to the sale of their snacks and beverages that are sold to students on the campus of Stafford and Rutland High School. According to the store supervisor, at least half the choices offered in the store meet the nutritional guidelines. To illustrate, beverages sold now include more water, 100 percent juice, and no sugar added drinks. There are more baked snack chips and snack bars with more fruit, fiber, and whole grains. In addition, the store has added a greater variety of nuts and seeds as high fiber snack options. Students have been involved in making the product choices based on surveys and nutrition guidelines, and are learning marketing skills while working in the campus store. For more information on this initiative visit http://www.chronicdisease.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3299. In other news, students from Stafford Technical Centers Forestry and Natural Resources Program will be constructing a portable skidder bridge at this years Vermont State Fair. The bridge will be built near the fairs Forestry Building, and the students will be utilizing their programs portable sawmill to cut the hemlock timbers. Stafford is working on the project with the support of the Rutland County Conservation District, the Vermont Department of Forest and Parks, and the local forestry community.

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