Customize the hx2go App Questions

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

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. Read more of this post

Six Steps to Get Started on hx2go

The hx2go app can be used on tablets and laptop computers to record home visit reviews. Click here to read some basic information about hx2go on the Minute Menu website. Follow these six steps to get hx2go working for you!

Step 1: Attend hx2go Webinars

Sign up for a free online webinar by going to the HX Training tab on training.minutemenu.com. Webinars are listed in the center of the screen. Minute Menu currently offers two different hx2go webinars. While administrators should attend both webinars, monitors only need to attend the “Entering Reviews Using hx2go” webinar.

hx2go training website webinars

The hx2go webinars are only held once each month, so don’t delay! Read more of this post

CX 10.15.0 Optional Release

NOTE: This is another optional release.  It does not require you to download the new version.  Some of the new changes, however, will not take effect until you have the latest version of the software.

Feature Changes:

  • Altered the Menu Production record to match the “comments” area to the “special notes” field.
  • Updated NC Enrollment form dates.
  • Updates to Renew Child Enrollment screen for “Online Enrollment” users.  (signature date)

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CX 10.14.0 Optional Release

NOTE: This is another optional release.  It does not require you to download the new version.  Some of the new changes, however, will not take effect until you have the latest version of the software.

Feature Changes:

  • Added both Parent E-mail as well as External ID to the Child List Export.
  • New IEF form for DC
  • Changes to Enrollment forms and/or IEF forms for Georgia, Wisconsin, Idaho and North Carolina.
  • Virginia forms added to the Online Enrollment Feature.
  • Balance State funds change to add the “congratulations” message after it is run.
  • Changes to the ARAS/SFSP Features for processing.
Bug Fixes:

  • interface changes to the program, logos updated
  • Fixed a bug in “Check Details” where the numbers were not matching.
  • IEF fix for multi states
  • Online Enrollment now works for Internet Explorer users

Wishing You a Healthy Thanksgiving Menu!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish? There are many to choose from: turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and candied sweet potatoes. While all of these are yummy foods we look forward to all year long, they probably are not the healthiest of menu items. This Thanksgiving you can explore delicious and healthy alternatives or additions to your Thanksgiving menu.

Thanksgiving and Harvest Festivals Around the World

One way to engage children in trying new foods and exploring new cultures is to look at harvest festivals, similar to Thanksgiving, from around the world. Harvest festivals traditionally celebrate the first, and sometimes the last, crops of a season. Although the dishes vary by region, they tend to focus on grains, vegetables, and fruits. Let’s take a look at some Harvest Festival activities and recipes: Read more of this post

Fun Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of Colds and Other Illnesses

Ah, Fall…the weather gets cooler, leaves start to turn on the trees, and adults and children start to cough, sneeze and sniffle. It’s that time of year many childcare centers dread – the time when colds, flus, and other illnesses start making their way through our staff and student population. Why not turn this into an opportunity to teach children healthy hygiene habits? Quick lessons on handwashing and containing coughs or sneezes can be fun and educational – and children will take this information back to their homes. Following the tips below might help reduce the spread of sickness at home, at daycare, and at school.

Teach Proper Handwashing with Songs, Videos, Games and Posters

Teach children to sing the “A-B-C” song or the “Happy Birthday” song while washing their hands with soap. Proper handwashing significantly reduces the risk of catching and spreading everything from colds and flu to eye infections, but often children don’t wash their hands long enough or in the right way. Proper handwashing should last about 30 seconds and include the fronts and backs of the hands, as well as the nails. Remind children to use a clean towel or paper towel to dry their hands – dirty towels can spread germs and bacteria. Read more of this post

The Fuyu Persimmon: A Fruit Worth Trying this Fall

PersimmonHave you ever tasted a Fuyu persimmon? If not, try this delicious and healthy little treat now while it’s in season (September – December). This fruit is so delicious that the Greeks actually named it “fruit from the gods.” And yes, it is THAT good! Not only is this exotic fruit delicious, it’s packed with nutrition and low in calories, too. The Fuyu persimmon is a great snack for growing children, dieting adults, and well, everyone!

Preparing and Eating the Fuyu Persimmon
Fuyu persimmons are easy to prepare and to eat. Just wash the outside, remove the leaves, slice, and enjoy! Eating the fruit raw is the best way to get all of the nutrition, the easiest and fastest way to prepare them, and arguably the most delicious way to eat a Fuyu persimmon! I prefer it raw served with a slice of cheese. As an added bonus, the Fuyu persimmon just so happens to be a creditable snack on the food program!  Click here to see a video called “How to eat a Fuyu Persimmon – Tips and Preparation.” Read more of this post

Children Not Seen At Review Report

Increase your program integrity by using the Children Not Seen at Review Report to detect claimed children that are consistently missed during a home visit. Then, conduct parent contacts on any children who have been consistently missed.

In Minute Menu HX, navigate to Reports >> Reviews >> Children Not Seen At Review Report. A Provider Filter will appear. To include ALL providers, just click Continue. Or to filter by a specific monitor caseload, click the Monitor box, select a name, and then click Continue. Select any other filters you want. To select specific providers from a list, click the Choose Providers from List box at the bottom.

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Operation Lychee

Lychee FruitHave you ever had a lychee fruit? These delicious little fruits are packed full of vitamin C and many other important vitamins and nutrients. But most importantly, they are delicious! Click here to read more about the lychee fruit and to see a picture of it on the USDA website.

Serve More Fruit, Less Juice. Fruit can be a fun and delicious way to improve nutrition in children’s diets, and you have the chance to change the lives of children in your very own community by serving more fruit. We challenge you to pick a fruit to serve at snack, and to serve fruit instead of juice at meals. Eating the actual fruit, instead of just drinking the juice, ensures that children get ALL of the nutrition of the fruit, and less sugar! Click here to read “Tips to Help You Eat Fruits” on the ChooseMyPlate.gov USDA website. Read more of this post

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