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Healthy Schools

Help create a healthy environment at our children’s schools to support their health when they're away from home.

Outside the Cafeteria

Does your children's school sell low-nutrition food such as candy bars or pizza to raise funds? Are low-nutrition foods offered for class treats? Consider alternatives to support healthy eating habits with these resources.

Creative School Fundraisers (309 K PDF) — Adopt creative ideas for selling non-food items, holding events, or taking pledges.

Sweet Deals: School Fundraisers can be Healthy and Profitable (567 K PDF) — Center for Science in the Public Interest — How to make a profit with healthy fundraising alternatives.

Parent’s Guide to Nutritious Food for the Classroom (59 K PDF) — Choose healthy, tasty treats over those low in nutrition.

Backpack Program Foods (159 K PDF) — Get ideas from our list of foods to send home with kids. Contact us for more information about backpack programs in your community.

School Meals

Does your children's school have a farm to school program? Do you know how school meals have changed since you were a kid? Find out more and get involved.

Farm to School: Parents and Community Members — Resources to help you get started with bringing Farm to School to your child’s school or to support an existing program.

National School Lunch Video from USDAUnited States Department of Agriculture — A six-minute video from USDA highlighting how the National School Lunch Program has changed since its start.

The School Day Just Got Healthier: ParentsFood and Nutrition Services; United States Department of Agriculture — Resources to support changes in school meals, including a toolkit for parents.

Five Facts You Should Know About School MealsKids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project — Infographic covering the highlights of the new meal guidelines.

Support Healthier School LunchesCenter for Science in the Public Interest — Tips, fact sheets, infographics, policy options, and communication materials to help support the changes to school meals.

Other Recommended Resources

Classroom Energizers — Training on evidence-based intervention proven to increase K-5 student physical activity levels.

School Foodservice Training and Resources — Face-to-face and online training and resources for making school meals healthy, promoting farm to school programs, and more.

Go Wild — Comprehensive, classroom-based programs for 3rd-5th graders designed to promote healthy food consumption and physical activity.

Healthy Classrooms: Educational Tools for Teachers — Is your classroom a healthy environment? Learn more about our tools for teachers.

Healthy Food Choices in SchoolseXtension — This resource area empowers school food service directors and staff, school administrators, teachers, health professionals, and wellness committees to make changes that encourage children to make healthier food selections in school food environments.

School Health GuidelinesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention — Report summarizes how the many components of school environments can work together to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Action for Healthy Kids — This organization works with schools, families, and communities to help kids learn to be healthier and be ready to learn.

Partnering for School Success — Resources to help parents and schools work together to support children's learning.

Whole Grain Parent Newsletters — Provides these newsletters two times throughout the year to inform parents about whole grains, as well as to promote continuity in whole grain consumption for children between child care and home. Part 1 (1.3 MB PDF) | Part 2 (917 K PDF)

Preschool Booklist (1.2 MB PDF) — Michigan Team Nutrition — Try reading some books with your children from this list to promote positive nutrition and physical activity messages.

CACFP Menu Planning GuideU. S. Department of Agriculture Team Nutrition — Begin the menu planning process in a home- or center-based child care with this toolkit as your guide.

CACFP Wellness Resources (1.5 MB PDF) — U. S. Department of Agriculture Team Nutrition — For child care provider resources on nutrition, physical activity, screen time, wellness policies and much more, check out this page.

Is your classroom a healthy environment? Watch this video to learn more about our tools for teachers.

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