Content tagged "parents of school aged children"

Apples vs. Chips: Help Kids Make Healthy A La Carte Choices at Lunch

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Close your eyes and picture school lunch…Most likely the image that appeared in your mind is of a compartment tray holding an entrée, fruit and/or vegetable...

Did You Know? Lesser Known Facts About School Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 10, 2017

Historically, school food has gotten a bad rap for being unappetizing and even having poor nutritional value. If you haven’t been in a school cafeteria...

Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHFFF) and Choose Health Action Teens (CHAT): Research-Based Resources for Youth Educators

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

What are they? Housed in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, Food and Nutrition Education in Communities programs include...

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...

Local Wellness Policies: Start Your School Health Makeover Today

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Making the healthy choice the easy choice for families is a cornerstone effort for many national organizations including the national Partnership for a...

Shared Use Agreements: Breaking Down Barriers to Child Physical Activity

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

The childhood obesity epidemic has captured the attention of several school districts across the country. Recently, limited recess time and access to...

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...

What are Whole Grains?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 24, 2016

Whole grains are an important part of the diet that add fiber, vitamins and minerals to your daily intake. The recommended amount of grains in the Healthy...

Food Service Personnel: On the Job and In the Know

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 24, 2016

School food service directors and staff are expected to nourish students with tasty nutritious foods that follow MyPlate guidelines with, frequently, limited...

4 Family Meal Rituals for a Healthy BMI

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 06, 2016

The term “dining” implies a meal is more than just about the experience of eating; the atmosphere and social environment are equally important to the...

Making School Meals a Family Meal Time

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 16, 2016

When you think of family meals, what picture pops into your head?  Even though family meals may mean something different to everyone, the benefits are...

The Importance of Family Meals

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 15, 2016

When you think of family meals, what pops into your head?  Even though family meals may mean something different to everyone, the benefits are indisputable. ...

A Parent’s Guide to Healthy School Celebrations

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 13, 2016

Let’s throw a party! Parents, students and teachers usually welcome a break from the school routine to recognize birthdays, special achievements, cultural...

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...

Benefits of School Lunch for Your Kids

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

The Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers several child nutrition programs.  One of the most...

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...

What is the National School Lunch Program?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 22, 2016

Looking for a way to expose students to healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables and whole grains? Concerned about student academic performance? Consider...

Smart Snacks at School and at Home

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 14, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2014) 12.5 million youth, between the ages of 2 to 19, are obese. In just one generation the...

How to Find a Copy of My Student’s School Local Wellness Policy

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 11, 2016

Because schools play such an important role in your student’s wellness, Local School Wellness Policies (LWPs) can be a great resource to understand how...

Professional Development Opportunities through 4-H

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 06, 2016

Summertime provides wonderful opportunities to enjoy a relaxing break, family vacations, barbecues with friends, and long lazy days.  Summertime is also a...

Tips to Create Active Classroom Celebrations

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 05, 2016

Classroom parties are an important part of the overall school wellness environment.  Incorporating physical activity into celebrations offers an opportunity...

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