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Healthy Children

Creating Healthy School Environments

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

Outside the Cafeteria

Putting the 'Healthy' Back in Snack Foods for Kids — Give your child healthy, filling school-day snacks that taste good and are easy on the budget. English | español

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 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. 

School Meals

Farm to School: Parents and Community Members — Resources to help you bring farm to school practices 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.

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.

Related Resources

School Success — Build strong parent-child and parent-school relationships through education and collaboration.

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

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

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.

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