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About Team Nutrition

Last Published: 03/01/2016

students with MyPlate poster

Team Nutrition, an initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, supports national efforts to promote lifelong healthy food choices and physical activity by improving the nutrition practices of the Child Nutrition Programs. We provide resources to schools, child care settings, and summer meal sites that participate in these programs.

Our Strategies

Team Nutrition uses three strategies to change behavior:

  • Provide training and technical assistance to child nutrition professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to children.
  • Increase nutrition education through multiple communication channels to help children have the knowledge, skills, and motivation to make healthy food and physical activity choices as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Build support for healthy school and child care environments that encourage nutritious food choices and physically active lifestyles.

Our Messages

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the basis of federal nutrition policy, education, outreach, and food assistance provided through the Child Nutrition Programs. The Team Nutrition initiative helps schools, child care settings, summer meal sites, parents/caregivers, and children put the Dietary Guidelines for Americans into action through training, technical assistance, and nutrition education.  
The MyPlate icon uses a familiar image - a place setting for a meal - to prompt consumers to build a healthy plate at mealtime. MyPlate also illustrates the five food groups, reminding everyone that these foods are the building blocks of a healthy diet. Team Nutrition helps communicate MyPlate messages to children and their caregivers through a variety of innovative delivery methods including hands-on activities, electronic games, songs, videos, lessons, stories, events, tweets, graphics, and gardens.

Our Channels

Team Nutrition delivers consistent nutrition messages to children and their caregivers through multiple communication channels: 1) food service initiatives, 2) classroom and child care activities, 3) school-wide events, 4) home activities, 5) community programs and events, and 6) traditional and social media.

How to Get Team Nutrition Materials

All Team Nutrition resources are available on the Team Nutrition Web site in our Resource Library. Schools, child care providers (centers, sponsors, and day care homes), and summer meal sites that participate in  USDA Child Nutrition programs may request free printed copies of certain materials. Printed materials may also be requested by the State agency administering the USDA Child Nutrition programs and school districts. Eligible entities may request printed copies using our online order form.

If you have questions about Team Nutrition materials, please contact us at: teamnutrition@fns.usda.gov or by phone at (703) 305-1624.