2014

Smarter Lunchrooms: Ohio Project Summary 2013-2014 (PDF | 2.8 MB)

Ohio Department of Education; Office for Child Nutrition.

Goal one of the Smarter Lunchroom Project recruited partnerships with six Ohio universities to assist in the implementation of Smarter Lunchroom strategies and provide training developed by the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs. Goal two of the project collected evidence of effective Smarter Lunchroom strategies to assist with future trainings. Ohio’s Smarter Lunchroom Project began in January 2013 and was coordinated by the Ohio Department of Education – Office for Child Nutrition.


Infant Meal Patterns

State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

A two part training module about the infant meal patterns.


Wisconsin Wellness: Putting Policy into Practice (January 2014)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

This resource assists school districts in developing policies with information on required policy components, sample goals, and objectives. It can be used as a full document or reviewed by section. A webinar accompanies this toolkit.


Healthy Kansas Plate Poster

Kansas State Department of Education.

Poster to assist Kansas schools in identifying a reimbursable meal, highlighting products grown in Kansas. Please review the instructions for use prior to using this resource.


Pick a Better Snack (PABS) Fruit and Vegetable Fact Sheets

Iowa Department of Public Health.

Iowa’s Pick a better snack™ fact sheets provide nutrition facts, uses, varieties, origin, trivia, etc. for over 30 fruits and vegetables.


Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies and Practices

Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity; Maryland State Department of Education.

Child Care Centers and Preschools:
Model Policy (PDF | 418 KB)
Checklist (PDF | 483 KB)

Family Home Daycare:
Model Policy (PDF | 522 KB)
Checklist (PDF | 469 KB)


Healthier Kansas Menus (2014-2016)

KSDE. Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Breakfast and lunch cycle menus with nutrient analysis, recipes, preparation instructions, serving tips, production records, and a purchasing guide.


Iowa Team Nutrition Newsletter Iowa Team Nutrition Newsletter (2016)

Iowa Department of Education.

Newsletters for schools with information on nutrition and physical activity programs, upcoming training opportunities, and success stories.


Power Panther Pals (K-5) (2014-2015)

KSDE. Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Power Panther Pals is an 8-week health education program for elementary students. Materials include an implementation manual, student activity book with recipes, PowerPoint slides, and parent newsletters.


Power Up! Curriculum (Grades 6-8) (2014-2015)

KSDE. Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Power Up is an 8-week health education program for middle school students in grades 6-8. This program encourages students to make healthier food choices, be physically active and to take an active role in their schools’ wellness policies. It also provides students with an opportunity to taste new, healthy foods and encourage positive self-esteem.


School Wellness Resources (2016)

Iowa Department of Education.

Provides information on the school wellness policy requirements that are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; resources to help schools implement, assess, and evaluate policies at the local level; recordings from informational Webinars; and handouts provided at trainings.


Family Fun, Food, and Fitness Event Planning Guide (August 2014) (PDF | 47.3 MB)

KSDE. Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Guidebook provides instructions for planning and promoting a health-centered, family-friendly, school or child care center sponsored event, and includes specific instructions detailing both nutrition and fitness activities.


Smarter Lunchrooms Resources (2014-2016)

Iowa Department of Education.

Resources include presentation slides, self-assessment scorecard, cues for positive communication, and a best practice and implementation guide.


Twitter Toolkit for School Cafeterias (2014) (PDF | 1.57 MB)

Iowa Department of Education.

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide food service directors, cafeteria workers, and school administrators with information and resources to develop and manage their own Twitter account, including how to set up an account, how to develop messages, what to tweet about, and how to increase your followers. This resource can be used to target middle and high school students.


Fruit and Vegetable Resource (2014)

Iowa Department of Education.

Provides fun fact sheets, tasting instructions for students, words to describe foods, etc. to display on your classroom Smart Board or to assist in classroom discussion/education while tasting a new fruit or vegetable.


Farm to Preschool Brochure (PDF | 4.9 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

This brochure provides an overview of the Farm to Preschool program in Idaho.


Snacks from A to Z (March 2014)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

A handout for child care centers, home childcares, and preschools that lists snack ideas according to letter.


School Breakfast Reimbursable Meal Identification Signage (June 2014)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

School breakfast signage to assist students in selecting their meal choices and to reduce unintentional purchase of food items not included in the reimbursable meal.


Food Waste Reduction in School Meals (June 2014) (PDF | 595 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

This resource provides ideas on how to increase consumption and reduce food waste in schools.


Iowa Recess Before Lunch (July 2014)

Iowa Team Nutrition Program; Iowa State University Extension; Midwest Dairy Council.

Pilot programs were conducted in 3 Iowa elementary schools. Results per school building and a guide to assist schools in making the determination of moving recess before lunch are available.


School Breakfast Best Practice Guide (August 2014) (PDF | 608 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

The guide represents the student perspective on practices related to school breakfast and provides solutions to common school breakfast challenges including: awareness, competing priorities, timing, location, food preferences, and misconceptions.


Flavor Shakers (August 2014)

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson created these low-sodium herb/seasoning mixtures to be utilized in child care and schools to decrease sodium consumption.


USDA Foods Recipes by Chef Deanna Olson (August 2014)

Iowa Department of Education.

Chef Deanna Olson developed and standardized ten new recipes for schools utilizing USDA Foods.


Indoor Recess 101 (November 2014) (PDF | 186 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

During inclement weather, schools have students stay indoors. Here are some ideas of how to have active recess, even if it's indoors.


Empowered Parents for School Wellness (October 2014)

Iowa Department of Education.

The 1 ½ hour workshop will empower parents to support school meals and lead change for school wellness. The school Food Service Director can “team up” to lead the workshop with a local Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), dietetic student, school nurse, health teacher, etc. Workshop materials include a leader guide, handouts, fact sheets, table tent awards, and myth and fact quiz.


School Wellness Policy Building Level Assessment Tool (October 2014)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

An easy to use assessment tool to be utilized at the building level to assess progress in meeting the district school wellness policy.


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