Becoming a Team Nutrition School will help you focus attention on the important role nutritious school meals, nutrition education and a health-promoting school environment play in helping students learn to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity. It will provide the framework for team efforts by school nutrition staff, teachers, parents, the media and other community members.
Team Nutrition has three behavior-focused strategies:
- Provide training and technical assistance to Child Nutrition foodservice professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to students.
- Promote nutrition curriculum and education in schools through multiple communication channels to reinforce positive nutrition messages and encourage students to make healthy food and physical activity choices as part of a healthy lifestyle.
- Build school and community support for creating healthy school environments that are conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.
All program materials encourage students to make food and physical activity choices for a healthy
lifestyle. They focus on five behavior outcomes:
- Eat a variety of foods
- Eat more fruits, vegetables and grains
- Eat lower fat foods more often
- Get your calcium-rich foods
- Be physically active
Team Nutrition Schools have these common values:
- We believe that children should be empowered to make food and physical activity choices that reflect the
Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
- We believe that good nutrition and physical activity are essential to children's health and educational success.
- We believe that school meals that meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans should taste good and appeal to
- We believe our programs must build upon the best science, education, communication and technical resources
- We believe that school, parent and community teamwork is essential to encouraging children to make food and
physical activity choices for a healthy lifestyle.
- We believe that messages to children should be age appropriate and delivered in language they speak, through
media they use, in ways that are entertaining and actively involve them in learning.
- We believe in focusing on positive messages regarding food and physical activity choices children can make.
- We believe it is critical to stimulate and support education and action at the national, state and local levels to
help children develop healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.
You may use the
Online School Enrollment Form or download and print the
School Enrollment Form. Fax the completed form to 703-305-2549 or mail it to:
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 632
Alexandria, VA 22302
At the same time, provide a copy of the enrollment form to your food service
director and to the Team Nutrition Leader at your State Agency. If you do not
have that address, contact your school food service director. If you have
questions, fax or mail them to Team Nutrition at the above address.
We look forward to having you JOIN THE TEAM!