New CACFP Meal Pattern
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently updated the meal patterns for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for the first time since 1968. Find out what this means for you (hint: healthier meals!) and how you can start to prepare for the changes, which go into effect October 1, 2017.
Healthy Food Choices In Schools
School Breakfast Programs and Successes - This content series examines the importance of school breakfast and highlights some successful breakfast programs and initiatives that nourish students and help build healthy habits.
SPARK has some new nutrition and physical activity grants. Some are national grants while others are state specific. To see what is available in NH view the "SPARK Grant Finder." This easy to use tool will show you grants available in your area.
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.
Michigan Fitness Foundation
Michigan Fitness has produced the Building Leadership Guide to help promote a healthy school environment. Since messages are more effective when they are consistent and delivered through multiple channels, all school staff and volunteers can play a vital role by using the Building Leadership Guide to reinforce nutrition messages. Are you looking for a way to promote healthy messages in your school? Check this out! Within the document is a list of healthy messages that can be used daily as school announcements. http://www.michiganfitness.org/pe-nut-building-leaders
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.