Schools across the country are working hard to improve school nutrition.
Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger Free-Kids Act of 2010 (see case study here), school meals should include more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, low-fat milk instead of high-fat milk, sensible limits on calories, and less unhealthy fats and salt, and healthier snacks and beverages. With one out of every three children overweight or obese and 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program, these improvements are a key strategy for supporting children’s health.
Nearly all schools are meeting the updated nutrition standards for school lunch, but there is still more work to do to ensure all kids have access to healthy, appealing food throughout school campuses. Below are resources and ideas to help you join this effort and support healthier school food:
- Healthier School Meals
- Healthier Snacks and Beverages (Smart Snacks)
- Local School Wellness Policies
- School Fundraising (scroll down to School Fundraising)
- Classroom Snacks
- Food Rewards (scroll down to Food Rewards)
- Parties/Celebrations (scroll down to Parties/Celebrations)
- National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity 2015 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Priorities and Resources
- Food Marketing in Schools
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