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Signature programs and special projects

Healthy School Environments

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It takes a team approach to ensure health eating, physical activity, and food security for all children who attend Minnesota schools. Find opportunities for in-person and online training, free toolkits and resources, and joining forces with our experienced staff.

Healthy Eating

Farm to School — Find resources to grow healthy kids, farms, and communities with farm to school practices.

Great Trays® Toolkit for School Foodservice — Get tools to plan kid-tested menus, save money on food purchasing, and "nudge" students toward healthier choices.

Nutrition Building Blocks for Great Trays® — Access a nutrition course for school foodservice professionals available online and as a curriculum to teach in a face-to-face setting.

Project breakFAST toolkit — Access guidelines, templates, and more to get your school breakfast program started and make it successful.

Workshops for School Foodservice Professionals — Bring one of these workshops on increasing participation in school breakfast, creating Smarter Lunchrooms, serving fruits and vegetables, and lowering sodium to your school district.

Physical Activity

Classroom Energizers Training — Get trained on this evidence-based intervention proven to increase K-5 students' physical activity levels.

Food Security

Backpack Nutrition Newsletters — Use these newsletters to strengthen your backpack program.

Working Together

Across Minnesota

Minnesota Smarter Lunchroom Collaborative — This first-of-its-kind statewide collaborative is working together to identify ways to efficiently and effectively to improve school nutrition environments.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) — Request a visit from a SNAP-Ed educator to help your families with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice.

In the Metro Area

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) — Learn more about this program that provides hands-on nutrition education to assist families with limited resources in the Twin Cities to make healthy food and physical activity choices.

Healthy bodies, healthy minds, healthy learners — The Children, Youth, and Family Consortium is engaging in a partnership with Bruce Vento Elementary School to develop engaging learning environments that enhance student academic success.

Related resources

School success: Professionals — Lay the foundation for children's school success by strengthening parent-school and community-school partnerships.

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

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) — SHIP is working to create healthier communities, including schools, across Minnesota by expanding opportunities for active living, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living.

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