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Habits that Help: How to Utilize Our Food-Choice Biases to Improve Nutrition

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Eating behaviors tend to be programmed during childhood as kids determine what foods they do or do not like, so increasing a child’s preference for healthy...

Changes in School Lunch

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act makes school lunch healthier for our children. All foods sold in schools will eventually have to meet specific nutrition...

Tray Waste Part III: Effectively Present Your Data

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The data that you collected can tell you the percentage of food being wasted before and after you implemented a change in your cafeteria. It will also tell...

Smarter Lunchrooms and Let’s Go! Maine – A Perfect Match

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement is championed in the state of Maine by Let’s Go!, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program of the Barbara...

Harvest of the Month

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Florida’s Farm-to- School Harvest of the Month program provides educational materials that highlight a different Florida-grown food item each month. The...

Tips for Writing Successful Grants

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 16, 2017

Grant writing can feel intimidating if you have never done it before.  However, by following a few quick tips and getting a little hands on practice, you...

Building Synergies between Farm to School and Smarter Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 16, 2017

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS) Extension's Family Nutrition Program has an innovative training program that...

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...

Achoo…Am I Just Sensitive or is it a Food Allergy?

Food Safety Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Peanut free, lactose intolerant, gluten free.  If you have heard these terms before you may not understand exactly what the differences between them are.  If...

Finding Common Ground Amid Changing Standards for School Food

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

As issues of childhood obesity continue to make the headlines, the USDA is proposing new regulations on schools as part of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act...

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...

Marketing Nutrition: School Cafeteria Signage Resources

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Some searching reveals an abundance of cafeteria signage resources from colorful posters to cute stickers. This page offers a snapshot of some of those...

Food Marketing and Children: Threat or Opportunity for Schools?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Did you know that $1.8 billion dollars is spent on marketing foods to school-aged youth?1 Or that the average child sees 12-16 advertisements per day...

Smarter Lunchrooms in Action: Easy Cafeteria Changes in a Florida School District

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 17, 2016

The cafeteria manager from Manatee K-8 started giving vegetables exciting names and putting fruit in colorful, decorative bowls. The items presented in this...

First Steps for Successful Procurement in your School Nutrition Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 17, 2016

The School Nutrition Program (SNP) is a complex business operation. Schools across the nation strive to provide nutritious, tasty, quality meals to students...

Savor the Flavor: In School Broccoli Tastings with Low Sodium Flavor Stations

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 17, 2016

Savor the Flavor (STF) is a k-6 school cafeteria and classroom promotion designed to encourage healthy food consumption like dark green vegetables.STF...

Shining Light on Atmospherics: How Ambient Light Influences Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 17, 2016

Can different levels of ambient light luminance (i.e., brightness/dimness) influence food choices? More specifically, would bright versus dim ambient...

How Food Service Directors and Staff Can Use Produce in the Cafeteria

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 21, 2016

We’ve all grown up hearing, “Eat your veggies!” but many of us never stop to think why, beyond a vague understanding that they are healthy.  Most of us would...

School Breakfast Success: A Success Story Compendium by Michigan Team Nutrition

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 03, 2016

Funding for this project was provided by a Michigan Department of Education’s Team Nutrition Grant and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.  This project...

Gourmet School Lunches with Chefs Move to Schools

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 28, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama is calling on chefs to join the fight against childhood obesity by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents, school...

An Introduction to: Team Nutrition

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

VisionIn 1995, the School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children regulations updated nutrition standards to ensure that school meals were consistent with the...

An Introduction to the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal assistance program provided by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. The program provides states...

Learn About Choose My Plate

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced MyPlate. MyPlate has become the federal government’s primary food group...

The School Day Just Got Healthier! A USDA Initiative

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

According to Bill Ayres, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WhyHunger, “Many children eat half their calories at school lunch and breakfast -- improving...

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