Join the Campaign for Whole Grain

Natural Healthy  FoodYou have the power to improve the health of children in your very own community by launching a campaign to serve more whole grains in day care homes and centers!  And what better time than now since September is National Whole Grains month!  Eating at least one serving of whole grains daily can help lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, and can help maintain a healthy body weight.  Barley, wheat, bulgur, rye and oats are all whole grains that can be incorporated into a healthy diet. Some whole grains are even gluten-free , such as buckwheat, corn, millet, quinoa, and rice. Start training providers now to ditch processed foods and start serving more whole grains!

Click here to check out some whole grain recipes with demonstration videos with cooking tips for making whole grains easy to prepare AND taste great!

Click here for a quick refresher on whole grains on the Whole Grains Council website. Read more of this post

The Quinoa Project

Want to serve a food that kids love, and that is healthy? Looking for an easy-to-make food that is packed with protein so that you stay full for longer?  Try quinoa!

Organic Quinoa.

Quinoa, pronounced “KEEN-wah,” is a small, grain-like seed that can be used as a substitute for rice or pasta, mixed into salads, and eaten plain or with a little cheese on top. Quinoa is a WHOLE GRAIN, naturally gluten free, and is a complete protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids.

The best part? Quinoa is easy to make…and delicious! You can cook quinoa in advance, and use it throughout the week. Just store it in the fridge and serve it at multiple meals or mixed into other foods. Quinoa can be cooked in a pot on the stove or in a rice cooker. (See the package for exact instructions.) Read more of this post

6 Steps to Getting Started on hx2go

Are you are interested in using hx2go, but are not sure where to start? Here’s some help.

1. Give yourself access to the hx2go Administrative Website. To get access to the Admin Site, you will need to edit your user permissions in the Manage Users screen. Please click here to watch a training video on how to Manage Users for hx2go. There is no charge for accessing the ‘Admin Site’ (as we like to call it), but using the hx2go app does incur a small fee.

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Internet Essentials – Low Cost Internet and Free Training

If you are a Sponsor who would like to have more providers claim online using Minute Menu Kids, or a child care provider who wants to claim online, but access to a computer or Internet isn’t available, we have a solution. Internet Essentials from Comcast is a way to bring the power of low cost Internet to child care providers and children across the country.

Four ways Internet Essentials gets you or your providers connected — for less. Read more of this post

How to include a professional-looking hyperlink in an email

Would you like to send your centers professional emails with links to training materials and videos, documents, and more!? If you simply copy the URL (www.blah.com/blahdiblah/blah) and paste it into your email, your reader will see the entire URL, forward slashes and all.  Instead, you can make your words the hyperlink. For example, you can type “click here to view the website” and make the word “here” the hyperlink. Read more of this post

Exciting New Features on the Way!

The Minute Menu CX Team is happy to share some exciting news! We will soon launch a brand new set of features to help sponsors manage their support staff’s access to Minute Menu CX. These features allow centers to have more than one set of login credentials. Centers can now have a center administrator with a higher level of permissions than other users. Centers can also assign users to other roles, each of which has its own set of permissions.

Minute Menu CX customers have asked for features like these, and we have listened! We are actively building the solution right now.

Our development team expects to roll out these new features during the Summer of 2014. Keep your eye on this blog for more information. We will post screen captures and notes to help prepare you to hit the ground running once these exciting new features arrive.

No Risk from Using WebKids in Internet Explorer

Our support team has received calls about a reported “flaw” in Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11 that might make users vulnerable to attack by hackers. There is no risk from this flaw in using our WebKids application or from visiting any of our websites–www.minutemenu.com, training.minutemenu.com, or childcareinfo.com.  We have no feedback on your risk when visiting other sites using Internet Explorer, and encourage you to make any adjustments you feel necessary to protect your personal and business information.

According to an article posted online by The Washington Post, a user must visit a website that uses Flash technology and is controlled by a hacker or other entity that desires to gain unauthorized access to your computer. WebKids does not link to outside pages and does not use Flash technology, which limits your risk when using our products. More details about the security risk issue, and Microsoft’s response, can be found in the Washington Post article.

If you have questions, please contact our support team – we are happy to help!

UPDATE: The Washington Post is now reporting that Microsoft has released a security update for Internet Explorer that fixes this bug.  It will also be releasing an update for Windows XP users, but the article does not provide information on when that will occur.  Per the article, users who have Automatic Updates turned on will automatically receive the fix.  Otherwise, users will remain vulnerable until they update Internet Explorer.

Fruit for Thought

You have the chance to change the lives of hundreds or even thousands of children in your very own community by encouraging providers to start serving more fruits and vegetables, now. Meal pattern changes are just around the corner, but why wait. Start a campaign for change today!

To see the current status of fruits and vegetables being served at your agency, take a look at the Fruit/Vegetable Analysis report in Minute Menu HX. Does the report display a lot of providers? This report will, by default, list all providers who have claimed fewer than 2 fruits/vegetables in any week at either breakfast or snack.

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Windows XP and HX Support

Beginning in April, 2014 Microsoft will stop providing support for Windows XP, and will stop sending updates to those using the XP operating system. Minute Menu will continue to provide as much support as possible for our clients who run the XP operating system when using Minute Menu software products. If we determine that a problem we are troubleshooting is a direct result of a compatibility issue with Windows XP, and not a software issue within the Minute Menu application, we most likely will not be able to provide a fix for that problem.

Unfortunately we cannot predict what kind of problems our clients might experience when using Minute Menu software products within an unsupported operating system. We can, however, promise to do our best to make your experience with Minute Menu software products as positive and efficient as possible.

For more information from Microsoft about ending support for the XP operating system, please visit the Microsoft website at:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

This link provides information on the reason Microsoft will no longer support XP, what the ending of support means for you, and how to migrate to a newer operating system.

If you have questions regarding Minute Menu software products, please contact our technical support team.

Join the Minute Menu Team at the CCFP Roundtable Conference

Minute Menu is excited to be part of the CCFP Roundtable Conference taking place in Sacramento, California on October 28-30, 2013. We are a conference sponsor and will be offering a number of workshops and training classes. While you can view complete workshop descriptions and details on the CCFP Roundtable web site, here are some highlights: