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

Kansas State Department of Education, 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.

Farm to Preschool Brochure (PDF | 1.94 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Fresh Ideas for Fresh Vegetables (PDF | 4.86 MB)

Idaho Child Nutrition Programs.

Toolkit for promoting and using fruits and vegetables in school nutrition programs.

Chef Designed School Meals

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

A two week cycle of school meals designed by a chef and dietitian and tested and approved by Idaho students. The menus have been planned to meet the new USDA Meal Pattern and use three to ten USDA Foods in each meal.

Healthier Kansas Menus

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

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

Field Trip Meals (PDF | 377 KB)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

This resource provides tips and suggestions for providing reimbursable meals on school field trips, as well as several templates : Bag Meal Order Request Form, Bag Meal Packing Slip, List of Students Receiving Reimbursable Meals, and SOPs.

Healthy Celebrations (PDF | 1.19 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Iowa Team Nutrition Newsletter Iowa Team Nutrition Newsletter

Iowa Department of Education.

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

Healthy Fundraising (PDF | 3.29 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

School Wellness Resources

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.

Iowa Recess Before Lunch

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.

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)

Smarter Lunchrooms Resources

Iowa Department of Education.

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

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

Iowa Team Nutrition.

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

School Breakfast Promotion Twitter Toolkit

Iowa Department of Education.

Toolkit for using Twitter to increase school breakfast participation among teens. The toolkit provides 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 followers.

School Breakfast Reimbursable Meal Identification Signage

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.

Flavor Shakers

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

Iowa Department of Education.

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

Iowa Gold Star Cycle Menus

Iowa Department of Education.

Breakfast and lunch cycle menus that meet the current USDA requirements and feature USDA foods. Includes a 2-week breakfast cycle menu, 1 week Grab ‘n Go breakfast menu, and 5-week lunch menu, as well as recipes, nutrient analyses, and other tools.

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.

Fruit and Vegetable Resource

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.

Iowa Farm to School Poster (PDF | 3.21 MB)

Iowa Department of Education.

Developed in partnership with Iowa commodity organizations, Des Moines Public Schools nutrition education, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Food Corps. The poster highlights foods that are grown in the state of Iowa.