Check out the Team Nutrition library for resources, lesson plans, recipes, guidance to improve the quality of school meals, and materials for nutrition education and promotion:
- Fact Sheets for Healthier School Meals help schools implement the major recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans within the school meal pattern requirements and nutrition standards.
- Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.
- Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help is a series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, foodservice managers and students in school wellness efforts. To support healthy food choices and physical activity at your school, a school-wide coordinated approach works best. These tools will help you bring everyone together to promote student wellness and prevent childhood obesity. This resource includes an audience-tested video and a print handout for teachers, principals, parents, foodservice managers and students. Focus groups across the country informed the development of these tools - so they reflect what the various audiences found to be motivational and realistic.
- Making it Happen: School Nutrition Success Stories includes success stories of innovative K-12 schools across the United States that improved their school nutrition environments and the nutritional quality of foods and beverages offered and sold on school campuses. Making It Happen! includes a variety of materials developed by some of the schools and contact information for each story.
- Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbooks include 30 delicious, kid-approved recipes from the Recipe for Healthy Kids (R4HK) Competition, which challenged teams of school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, parents and other community members to develop creative and tasty recipes that schools can easily incorporate into their National School Lunch Program menus. These recipes have been standardized and compiled into cookbooks for use in homes, child care centers, and schools.
The CDC has online resources to assist school districts in designing, implementing and promoting elements of local school wellness policies:
Be sure to take a look at CDC's School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. This resource presents guidelines for developing, implementing, and evaluating school-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for K-12 students. They also provide useful strategies for facilitating the implementation of the guidelines and cover topics including policy, and school environment recommendations, physical education, school meals, competitive foods, school health eservices, school employee wellness, health education and teacher qualifications and training.
Additional resource on evaluating wellness policies: Resource to Sustain and Strengthen Local Wellness Initiatives is a guide to help school districts conduct an evaluation of local wellness policies. This guide details step-by-step instructions for conducting an evaluation, deciding what the results mean, and communicating the findings to stakeholders. (Developed by NFSMI and funded, in part, by USDA.)
This portion of our site will continue to be updated to reflect the requirements of the 2010 law.