Content tagged "additional school food initiatives"

Key Changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

On April 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published the final rule related to meal pattern revisions for the...

Part Two: Procurement Regulations Surrounding Local Meat, Poultry, Eggs, and Dairy Products for Your Cafeteria

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 17, 2017

This is the second part of our two-part series about purveying local foods for your school.  Here is the link to Part One: Food Safety Considerations when...

A Guide to Gardening in the Classroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 16, 2017

Garden-based learning activities in the classroom promote science, math, reading, and  allow students to increase their awareness of the environment and...

Incorporating Tray Waste Evaluation into Your Smarter Lunchroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: November 15, 2017

In this webinar recording, Adam Brumberg, Deputy Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, and Erin Sharp, MS, MAT, Curriculum Designer for the Smarter...

Beating the Summer Lunch Blues

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

Tired of preparing lunch for your hungry kids this summer? Are the kids tired of the same old lunches?  Here are some general tips to help keep summer...

Breakfast in the Classroom: What Advocates Say

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

Numerous studies show that eating breakfast has great impact on children’s ability to learn. According to the Food Research and Action Center, eating...

Online Resources for Smarter Lunchrooms and Smarter Mealtimes at SmarterLunchrooms.org

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

Smarter Lunchrooms National Office curriculum designer Erin Sharp (M.S., M.A.T.) presents the exciting recent resources developed to support the strategies...

Foodie U: Mindful Eating for Families

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

Foodie U: Mindful Eating for Families was developed as part of the Foodie U project at California State University, Chico. Mindful eating refers to paying...

Project 365: a USDA Demonstration Grant to End Childhood Hunger

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 16, 2017

In 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia, with the Department of Education (DOE) serving as lead agency, received an $8.8 million United States Department of...

2 Part Webinar: Smarter Mealtimes for Early Childhood Education Settings

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 27, 2017

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement National Office is excited to introduce the Smarter Mealtimes Scorecard for early childhood settings. After working in school...

Overview of the Laws Governing Child Nutrition Programs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

Federal child nutrition programs provide nutritious foods to children across the nation. While this may seem like a simple task, complex laws, policies and...

Tools for Building a Successful Summer Meals Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

During the summer months, many schools, community centers, public libraries, and childcare providers offer free meals to children as part of the...

Martin County School District Earns USDA Best Practices Award for Smarter Lunchrooms Success

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

The results are in: Smarter Lunchrooms strategies can have a big impact on fruit and vegetable consumption -- just ask the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)...

Starting from Scratch – Let’s Get Cooking School Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

When progressing to a scratch production model in your school kitchens, making small but manageable changes is the name of the game. Join Shellie Kark, Chef...

Five Things to Know About “Water in Schools”

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

What is “Water in Schools”?Water in Schools is a project sponsored by the California Department of Health and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and...

Assessment Tools for School Food Programs and Environments

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 18, 2017

Assessment is the first step in identifying opportunities for improvement and starting a planning process for making schools even healthier. This page...

Part One: Food Safety Considerations when Procuring Local Foods for Your Cafeteria

Food Safety Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: September 14, 2017

Food remains an important topic with health implications tied to chronic diseases, policy, and ethics.  Over time, this focus has evolved into farm-to-fork,...

Nutrition Program Spotlight: Wholesome Waves’ Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Wholesome Wave is a non-profit organization with a vision of making local and healthy foods affordable and accessible to all, and is particularly focused on...

Getting Your Wellness Policy Ahead of the Curve

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

When was the last time you looked at your school district’s local wellness policy? How about the last time you assessed how it compares to best practices...

News You can Use: Tips for Your School Newsletter

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

School newsletters are an effective way to communicate all kinds of information to families in your school or district.  Newsletters are a great place to...

Top 10 Tips for Working with Your Local Extension on Nutrition Education

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

Cooperative Extension (also called Agricultural Extension) is a nationwide resource that brings research-based, practical information and classes to the...

How School Lunches Can Benefit Your Child

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 15, 2017

USDA and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) lunches are carefully designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of students9.  By limiting salt, fat, and...

2015 Dietary Guidelines and What they Mean for Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans provide science-based recommendations that are used in the development of federal nutrition policies and programs,...

Using Veggies from School Gardens in Recipes

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

School gardens are a great way to introduce children to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  Studies have shown that children who are involved in the...

Exploring the Movement to Healthy School Meals Through Farm to School

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

In addition to describing the movement to include local and regional foods in school meal programs, cultivate school gardens, and provide students with...

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