Nutrition and Food Choices

Offer vs. Serve Breakfast Poster (Elementary) - What does yours look like?

The new breakfast regulations means new menus and cafeteria signage. Help your students understand a reimbursable, complete meal with colorful posters on the food line. Keep in mind the following:

-Visuals are the best way to understanding. Pictures speak volumes.
-Large and in charge. Make sure to put front and center. The larger the poster size the better.

Here is an example of an elementary poster from the Boulder Valley School District.

Smart Snacks in School - Standards

A concise 2 page write-up on the USDA Smart Snacks in Schools standards for the 2014-15 school year.

Recommendations for Healthier Beverages

This document was developed by a national panel of experts convened by Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to address this critical public health issue.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Product Calculator

A useful calculator that helps your school purchase healthy snacks under Alliance for a Healthier Generation competitive food guidelines (similar to USDA proposed guidelines).

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Product Navigator

Need to search for healthy competitive foods that follow the necessary guidlines? Here's your resource - a product navigator that compiles companies who have agreed to offer snacks under the Alliance for Healthier Generation rules.

Competitive Foods and Beverage Guidelines: Alliance and USDA (Proposed) Comparison

A side-by-side comparison of the USDA's (proposed) guidelines on competitive foods and Alliance for a Healthier Generation's developed guidelines.

Tips for Making Healthy School Lunches for Less

Serving healthy school meals on a tight budget can be a challenge. The following tips were gathered from school food service professionals across the country to help make serving healthy foods more affordable. We recognize that school nutrition program costs and challenges vary from one community to the next, so while these tips may not work for everyone, we hope some will be useful at your school.

2012 Food Day School Curriculum

Professors at Teachers College, Columbia University, created our unique Food Day school curriculum. The 88-page Food Day curriculum for upper elementary and middle school grads offers five lessons designed to teach children the importance of eating real, fresh food; cutting back on processed foods; and advocating for a healthier community. The lessons can be easily adapted for older or younger students. Teachers are encouraged to use the curriculum on the week of October 24.

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