Content tagged "school wellness committees"

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...

Think Breakfast!-- Increasing Breakfast Consumption in New York State

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We have all heard that obesity is becoming epidemic among our children. We all want...

Power Up with Breakfast for a Winning School Day

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 31, 2016

Do you dream of a low cost, easy way to help students who struggle achieve academic success? One answer may be as close as the school cafeteria breakfast...

From Plant to Plate: Benefits of Farm to School Programs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

There are many farm-to-school programs, at the national, state, and regional level. The overarching objectives of these programs are uniform; to incorporate...

Students Market Oatmeal and Boost School Meal Participation

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 07, 2016

The Smarter Lunchroom Movement applies research based techniques to improve student eating behaviors. It  identifies six principles which can influence...

School Gardens Promote Healthier Eating and Better Learning

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

Hands-on learning provides students with the know how to apply their lessons to real-life situations. Nutrition education may be a component of your school’s...

How to Support Farm-to-School Initiatives in Your Community

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 18, 2016

We’ve all probably heard that nutrition is very important for children’s health and ability to succeed in the classroom.  School lunchrooms nationwide have...

10 Things Funders Look for in a Grant Application

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: January 21, 2016

Writing a grant is a lot of work, but the benefits can greatly outweigh the costs. These tips will make your grant application more appealing to funders....

Satisfying Snacks versus Empty-Calorie Cravings: Study shows that kids can fill up on fewer calories when eating healthy, beneficial snacks compared to nutrition-less junk foods

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 14, 2015

Kids love to snack, whether at home watching television or in the lunchroom with friends—but the type of snack they have can make an enormous difference in...

Benefits of Working with Cooperative Extension

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 07, 2015

Consider calling your local county or university based Cooperative Extension office for reliable, research based resources and strategies to assist you in...

How to Engage Parents in School Wellness Policies and Action Plans

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 06, 2015

Parents can be key players in school wellness efforts.  From wellness committee membership to volunteering at one-time events, parents provide valuable...

Beverages Make a Difference, Choose Healthy Ones

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 05, 2015

Sugar sweetened beverages are often the more popular choice compared to low-fat milk and water. Because of this, many of us are unwittingly adding up the...

Creative Ways to Advertise & Generate Interest in Your School’s Local Wellness Policy (LWP)

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Kate Hoy, Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition ProgramsSmarter Lunchroom Movement 

What Are Funders Looking For In Grant Applications?

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Many programs, including numerous school food programs, which are conducted in the United States receive a large portion of their funding through grant...

Let’s Go! Improving School Meals – Lessons From the Field

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

 Let’s Go! Background:Let’s Go! is a nationally-recognized childhood obesity prevention program committed to significantly decreasing childhood obesity rates...

The Frazer Eagle Café- Smarter Lunchroom Makeover Soars in Syracuse

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

It’s a bird, it’s a plane- no, it’s the Frazer Eagle Café!  -  the first of its kind  in the 28-building urban district- and its kids are soaring over the...

Generating Buy-In From School Administration Officials

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

While most members of the school community are generally in favor of changes that can improve the school environment for students, one of the challenges that...

An Introduction to Share Our Strength

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

BackgroundShare Our Strength began in the basement of a row house on Capitol Hill in 1984, in response to the ‘84-‘85 famine in Ethiopia. Moved by the...

Making “Smarter Schools” Healthier with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

As many schools are implementing the Smarter Lunchrooms initiative and nudging students toward healthier choices, take a minute to think about what is...

Building in Choices for Kids in Lyons, NY

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Over the years, food service personnel in Lyons Central School District (LCSD), located in Wayne County, NY, have worked very hard to make sure the...

Make an Impact with the Healthier School US Challenge

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

The Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recognize schools who...

Top 10 Reasons to Involve the PTA/PTOs in School Food Service

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 01, 2013

Parent, Teacher Associations/Organizations are a tremendous force for good.  In the communities where they serve, they support the students in numerous ways,...

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