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.


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.


Wisconsin Wellness: Putting Policy into Practice (January 2014) (PDF | 2.21 MB)

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.


Montana Harvest of the Month

Montana Office of Public Instruction. Montana Team Nutrition.

The Montana Harvest of the Month program showcases Montana grown foods in Montana schools and communities. The two primary goals for this program are to expose students to new, healthy foods and to support Montana’s farmers and ranchers.


Healthy Kansas Plate Poster (1.23 MB)

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.


Fresh Ideas for Fresh Vegetables (May 2014) (PDF | 4.87 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

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


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)


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.


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.


Iowa Farm to School Poster (December 2014) (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.


School Wellness Policy Building Level Assessment Tool (October 2014) (PDF | 119 KB)

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.


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) (PDF | 389 KB)

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.


Iowa Recess Before Lunch (July 2014) (PDF | 1.19 MB)

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 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.


Snacks from A to Z (March 2014) (PDF | 604 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

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