Content tagged "additional school food initiatives"

2 Part Webinar: Smarter Mealtimes for Early Childhood Education Settings

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 19, 2017

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

The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard Site Visit Protocol

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 07, 2017

In this webinar Erin Sharp, MS, MAT, Curriculum Designer for the Smarter Lunchrooms National Office, overviews best practices for using the Smarter...

Tools for Building a Successful Summer Meals Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 05, 2017

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

Starting from Scratch – Let’s Get Cooking School Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 28, 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...

Overview of the Laws Governing Child Nutrition Programs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 14, 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...

More or Less Plate Waste with Updated School Nutrition Policies?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 26, 2017

Despite some negative press surrounding the new nutrition standards in school meal programs, many schools have seen a positive impact on plate waste and...

Policy, Systems and Environmental Changes (PSEs): How PSEs influence School Wellness

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 16, 2017

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes or PSEs are new strategies for implementing positive wellness interventions into schools and communities....

How the School Wellness Policy can Support an Application to the HealthierUS School Challenge

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 08, 2017

Since 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been rewarding schools for their efforts in creating healthier school environments. The HealthierUS...

Cooking with Kids in Schools: Why It Is Important

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 09, 2017

Cooking with children in schools promotes the lifetime skill of healthy cooking starting at a young age. A California Department of Education survey...

A Walk-through of the Two Most Popular and Easy-to-Implement Smarter Lunchrooms “No Time to Train” Workshops for Lunchroom Staff

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 01, 2017

This webinar starts with a brief overview of the Smarter Lunchrooms “No Time to Train” workshop series for lunchroom staff, followed by a walk-through of two...

Hands-On Nutrition Education: No Field Trip Required!

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Extending the learning environment beyond the classroom is a great way to engage students with hands-on activities and fresh perspectives and you don’t have...

Beating the Summer Lunch Blues

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

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...

How to Prepare for a Successful Administrative Review

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

The Administrative Review is a comprehensive evaluation of school meals programs in school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch...

Healthy Fundraising Guidelines

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Creating fundraising events that encourage health can be a challenge but there are many options for creative, innovative fundraisers that will encourage...

Breakfast in the Classroom: What Advocates Say

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

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

What is the National School Breakfast Program and How Does It Work?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

 A hungry student may be one who can’t concentrate well enough to learn. Consider the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) to address concerns about...

The Special Milk Program: An Introduction

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

BackgroundThe Special Milk Program (SMP) was established in 1955 to increase the milk consumption by children in schools and childcare institutions that do...

A Guide to Gardening in the Classroom

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

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

Backpack Programs Impact More than Student’s Hunger

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

For some students whose families experience food insecurity or hunger, the only consistent meals that they receive may be the ones served at school. As a...

Assessment Tools for School Food Programs and Environments

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

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

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

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

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...

Mooga: Cow Inspired Yoga

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

The Dairy Council of Florida has developed Mooga, cow inspired yoga, as an interactive activity that helps strengthen bones and teach about the health...

2015 Dietary Guidelines and What they Mean for Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

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

Introducing the Smarter Lunchrooms No Time to Train USDA Professional Standards Supplement

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

In this webinar Erin Sharp, MS, MAT, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs' (B.E.N.) curriculum designer, shares the new USDA...

Professional Standards in School Foodservice: How Smarter Lunchrooms Can Help

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

During this webinar, Kathryn Hoy, Manager of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs,  introduces and briefly reviews the new...

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