Healthy Celebrations and Fundraisers


Many school wellness policies encourage healthy celebrations and fundraisers. While this may seem like a difficult task, there are many good ideas out there to help you accomplish this.

Healthy Celebrations

From birthday to holiday parties throughout the school year, children and teachers have numerous reasons to celebrate. Celebrations are a great way for children to feel part of the school community, where the learning environment is made festive and where children, teachers and parents can come together to enjoy a break from the routine. Traditionally, school parties often center on food, such as cupcakes, cookies, candy, chips and sugary beverages. While these foods, in moderation, can be part of a healthy, well-balanced diet, these unhealthy choices have almost become daily norms in the classroom, rather than exceptions .Action for Healthy Kids has several ideas. Click here to get ideas on how to break this cycle.

The Team Nutrition Healthy Celebrations website has several resources to help you come up with more ways to make classroom celebrations and seasonal holidays healthier.


There are many healthy fundraising alternatives available that are not only practical, but profitable.

The Team Nutrition Healthy Fundraiser website has several resources to help your school earn extra money for different activities, events, and equipment that keep students excited and engaged. It also provides ideas to use healthy choices for fundraising that sell only nonfood items or foods that meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards.

Organizations such as Action for Healthy Kids and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) provide several tips to assist schools on how to hold healthy fundraisers.

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