New CDC Healthy Schools Website
CDC just launched a new Healthy Schools website which provides a host of information and tools for teachers, parents, and students on school nutrition, physical activity, obesity prevention, management of chronic diseases in schools, and more. There is an entire section on School Wellness Policies also.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
New! Sodium Reduction Infographic for School Nutrition Professionals
New Tool Kit! Managing Food Allergies in Schools This kit was developed by CDC to help schools in implementing the Voluntary guidelines for managing food allergies in school and early care and education programs.
High Five Stickers Now Available! Limited quantities for Team Nutrition Elementary Schools - Send an email to TeamNutrition@fns.usda.gov for a roll of 200 stickers.
Have You Learned the #GimmeFive Dance?
Have you learned the dance yet? If not, we are here to help!
Check Out MyPlate! Lights, Camera, Action!
Join fellow National Strategic Partners from the Kids Group in promoting the Check Out MyPlate Video Search!
Calling all Kid Chefs -
Are you looking for a sample Wellness Policy for your school that meets the new federal guidelines?
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has a sample on their website. To find this as well as other helpful resources go to www.healthiergeneration.org/take_action/schools/wellness_councils__policies/wellness_policies/
Team Nutrition FREE Discover MyPlate Materials for Kindergarten! Get the Teacher's Kit and extra copies of student and parent materials.
Richards Elementary School, Newport, NH
Has been participating in the Healthy School NH program learning about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity. Danielle Smith's students created a chart that kept track of how many healthy snacks students brought in and ate during snack time. (They counted by 5's to color it in.) See chart below:
When kids are active and fit, they do better in school .... click here for more information
Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap (BTG) published the first national studies on student opinion of the healthier school meals. Researchers surveyed school leaders (mostly principals or school food service providers) about students' initial reaction to the meals, and how things were progressing in spring 2013.
- By spring 2013, respondents from 70% of elementary schools said students generally liked the healthier school lunches. Respondents from secondary schools said 70% of middle school students and 63% of high school students liked the healthier meals.
- About half of respondents at elementary schools (56%), middle schools (44%), and high schools (53%) reported that students complained at first, but student acceptance greatly increased across all grade levels by spring 2013.
- At elementary schools, respondents did not perceive much change in the amount of food students were discarding, but some increased plate waste reported by middle and high schools. There was less plate waste in elementary and middle schools with a large proportion of students from lower-income families.
- Urban and suburban elementary and middle schools reported fewer student complaints and less waste than did rural schools. Urban and suburban elementary schools also were less likely to report decreases in the number of students who purchased lunch.
This research shows that once students try healthier school meals, most like them; and for the most part plate waste is no greater than before the updated standards went into place. In addition, school leaders across the country are saying that students like the healthier lunches and they are not reporting widespread challenges with kids buying or eating the meals. The benefit is greatest among kids from lower-income families, who may depend more on school meals for their daily nutrients.
Additional information can be found here, including links to RWJF's press release, a brief from BTG highlighting both the elementary and secondary school findings, and the study presenting the elementary findings published today in the journal Childhood Obesity.
Healthy Schools NH: Healthy Eating and Active Living in NH Schools
Healthy Schools NH partners with New Hampshire schools that have a high population of low-income students and that want to improve their school
nutrition and physical activity environments to enhance children’s health.
The Healthy Schools NH program is available at no cost to any New Hampshire
school in which 50 percent or more of students qualify to receive free or
reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program.
- Offers a tool for assessing the school’s overall environment with regard
to nutrition, nutrition education, and physical activity opportunities.
- Connects school personnel with health-focused peers in other schools.
Offers one-to-one mentoring, coaching, and ongoing support for school
nurses, faculty, and food-service personnel to help schools tailor their
programs to their unique needs. cultures, and constraints.
Provides nutrition curricula and other classroom materials, bulletin
boards, take-home newsletters, and more.
Connects school staff with training opportunities.
Contact us for more information or to enroll.
The Initiative is one component of UNH Cooperative Extension’s Nutrition
Connections program, which is funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service and the N.H. Food Stamp Program.