December 2017
Health & Wellbeing
Going Flexitarian?
Ellie Krieger
Ellie Krieger
Registered dietitian Sodexo culinary ambassador

It’s no longer simply trendy to say you’re eating less meat. I believe that more people are really taking to heart the message that plant foods offer so many health benefits—and are delicious, too. Americans are moving toward meals that are more plant-based, and they are having meat more occasionally. They’re being flexible about it.

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Schools
Giving Time Back to Principals
B.J. Mandelstam
B.J. Mandelstam
Vice President, Business Development for Schools EPA-trained Master of Indoor Air Quality Sodexo

On average, public school principals spend over 30% of a 60-hour+ work week on general administrative tasks such as building maintenance, managing behaviors, buses and school budgets. This means less time for developing teachers, interacting with their students and reaching out to their communities. According to Gail Connelly, the executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, “We’ve entered the era of high-stakes accountability…We know the principal’s role is more complex and multifaceted than it’s ever been.” She states the increasing workload on principals has caused a sharp increase in principal turnover, with the average principal staying three years in a school compared to 10 years or more a decade ago. (more…)

Schools
How can Schools Improve Indoor Air Quality to Reduce Absenteeism?
Bart Lane
Bart Lane
Vice President, Facilities Management Business Development Sodexo

Absenteeism results in lost learning opportunities for students and teachers. For students, a missed day can mean missing out on learning something new and falling behind. For teachers, a missed day means lost chances to educate or inspire many young minds. Illness due to colds, flu and respiratory conditions are common reasons students and teachers miss school. Respiratory sensitivities such as asthma, which is the number one childhood health disparity, account for a significant portion of absenteeism in students (10 million school days annually according to the American Lung Association). (more…)

Schools
Afterschool Meal Programs Yield Real Returns
Roxanne Moore
Roxanne Moore
National Director of Wellness Brand Management Team Sodexo School Services, North America

School administrators know all too well the nutritional challenges many students face in and out of the classroom, whether it’s students rushing off to busy afterschool activities or those returning home to care for siblings. In many cases, students are waiting on family members to arrive after a long day of work. Why is this significant after the school day ends? Ensuring students have access to that evening meal can make a difference in their academic achievement. For example, an evening meal can give students the energy to complete their homework or have a better night’s rest to prepare for the next day of learning. (more…)

Inclusion
Let’s Crowd Source This: How to get from today’s scandals to workplace parity?
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President, Sodexo North America

Earlier this month, in the middle of another stretch of tough headlines for women to digest, an interviewer posed to me a question:

What can women do to become CEOs and succeed in corporate life? (more…)

Healthcare Services
Recognizing who puts the ‘care’ in Healthcare
Aster Angagaw
Aster Angagaw
CEO, Specialty &
Canada Healthcare,
Sodexo North America

Healthcare is a hot topic – who gets it, who pays for it, who insures it. Oftentimes, though, there’s something lost in the discussion and that’s who provides our healthcare. Specifically, who are the people employed to care for others and what are the challenges they face? (more…)