The Vonheim Lodge meeting at Norway House on April 8 featured Dave Swenson, a retired music teacher from Boone, IA, who is a talented fiddle player. He played a wide ranging selection of fiddle tunes, mostly from Norway. His concert was entitled “Norsetalgia”. Tunes included waltzes, polkas, a reinlender, and the familiar tunes Niedelven and Hils Fra Meg Der Hjemme. A most enjoyable program! At program’s end. a delicious lLunch was served.
On Sat., May 20th, 1 PM, David Engen, a native Minnesotan who recently competed in Alt for Norge, a popular reality TV program which is only televised in Norway. Each year 12 Americans with Norwegian ancestry compete for the designation of most Norwegian. This should be a very humorous program!
Scandinavian Summer Fest will be held all day on Sunday, June 25, at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. This event has a full program of entertainment and activities for all ages. Vonheim Lodge will be co-hosting a potluck lunch at l2 noon in the park pavilion.
On May 17th Norwegians will be celebrating Norway’s Constitution Day (See Facts Sheet on page 3). So celebrate your heritage and have a Happy Syttende Mai!
Kids Will Now Have Time to Eat
Schoolchildren should not have to gobble their lunches. The
[Norwegian] government wants kids to have 20 minutes to eat.
“Now the children will have time to eat their lunches. It is important to set aside time for this. Both for diet and health,” says Torbjørn Røe Isaksen to news agency NTB. He is [Norway’s] Minister of Education.
The government and Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs want children to have more time to eat. They advise about 20 minutes for lunchtime. For everyone.
”We know that mealtimes at many schools disappear into many other things. Some students in Norway receive five or ten minutes to devour their lunch. No more,” says Isaksen.
This advice is part of a plan for a better diet. It applies to all of Norway. Only half of the primary schools in Norway have a lunch break of 20 minutes.
Schools and municipalities get to decide how the school day goes. And how long students will have for breaks.
“Kids get very little time to eat. Many parents will recognize this. It creates bad attitudes towards having a good lunch break,” says Isaksen.
“The government does not want to control municipalities. They’re calling it a request. But that could change if schools don’t follow suit,” he said.
Nå skal barna få tid til maten
Skolebarn skal slippe å sluke matpakka. Regjeringen vil at barna skal
få 20 minutter til å spise på.
– Nå må barna få tid til å spise matpakka si. Det er viktig å få satt av tid til dette. Både for kosthold og helse, sier Torbjørn Røe Isaksen til nyhetsbyrået NTB. Han er kunnskapsminister.
Regjeringen og Helse-direktoratet vil at barn skal få mer tid til å spise. De kommer med et råd om 20 minutter spisetid. For alle.
– Vi vet at spisetiden på mange skoler forsvinner i masse annet. En del elever i Norge får fem eller ti minutter til å sluke en matpakke. Ikke noe mer, sier Isaksen.
Rådet står i en plan for et bedre kosthold. Den gjelder for hele Norge. Bare halvparten av grunnskolene i Norge har matpause på 20 minutter.
Skolene og kommunene kan bestemme hvordan skoledagen skal være. Og hvor lange pauser elevene får.
– Barna får veldig kort tid til å spise. Mange foreldre vil kjenne seg igjen i dette. Det skaper dårlige holdninger til både det å ha en god matpause, sier Isaksen.
Regjeringen ønsker ikke styre kommunene. De kaller det en oppfordring. Men det kan endre seg om ikke skolene følger etter, sier han.