School Nutrition Professionals

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 Fruit and Vegetable Program Nutrition Education Tip Sheets (PDF | 1.6 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Tip sheets provide growing information, nutrition facts, and serving suggestions. Produce included: asparagus, avocado, blueberries, cantaloupe, cauliflower, kiwifruit, mango, peaches, pineapple, red pepper, spinach, and sugar snap peas.


New School Cuisine cover New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks (PDF | 22.91 MB)

Vermont FEED. Vermont Agency of Education. School Nutrition Association of Vermont.

This cookbook was developed by Vermont school cooks and features 80 student-tested quantity recipes. Each recipe is in USDA format and includes a nutritional analysis and crediting information.


Bulletin Boards in a SNAP

Wyoming State Nutrition Action Plan (SNAP) Team.

These bulletin boards can be used in a variety of community settings to convey nutrition and physical activity messages. All the graphics, handouts, activities and background information are provided.


Family Fun, Food and Fitness Event Planning Guide (August 2014) Family Fun, Food and Fitness Event Planning Guide (August 2014) (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.


Showcase of Chefs Recipe Book (November 2012) School Day Just Got Healthier: Showcase of Chefs Recipe Book (November 2012)

Michigan Team Nutrition.

These recipes were compiled to accompany Michigan's Showcase of Chefs culinary trainings.


Alternatives to Food Rewards (November 2011)

Connecticut State Department of Education.

This two-page handout includes the consequences of using food rewards and alternatives to food rewards for elementary, middle, and high school students.


Michigan Healthy Schools Success Stories

American Cancer Society; Michigan Action for Healthy Kids; Michigan Department of Community Health; Michigan Department of Education; Michigan State University Extension.

Review success stories submitted by Michigan schools and school districts on a variety of wellness issues.


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.


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.


Let's All Go To The Lunchroom! Video (August 2013)

Child Nutrition, Mason City Schools District in Ohio.

This video was produced to communicate to the students and families in grades 1-6 of the Mason City School District the new regulations and the use of the MyPlate as a tool for healthy eating decisions.


Healthy Fundraising (November 2011) (PDF | 346.44 KB)

Connecticut State Department of Education.

Use this resource for benefits of healthy fundraising, consequences of unhealthy fundraising, and healthy fundraising alternatives.


Healthy Fundraising (November 2015) (PDF | 2 MB)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Benefits of healthy fundraising, positive options, and healthy food and beverage items to sell. Also available in Spanish.


Fresh Ideas for Fresh Vegetables (PDF | 4.87 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education. Child Nutrition Programs.

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


C.H.E.F. Cookbook and Promising Practices (2009) (PDF | 10.7 MB)

Maryland State Department of Education.

This collection of recipes and best practices was developed by 9 CHEF teams in Maryland that received mini grants as part of a Team Nutrition Training Grant. The booklet contains over 50 recipes for school food service, and a section of best practice tips.


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 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.


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.


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.


Growing Farm to School: Results from the Idaho Farm to School Pilot (PDF | 995 KB)

Idaho State Department of Agriculture; Idaho State Department of Education.

Three successful pilot schools were followed throughout the school year as they developed and grew their Farm to School Programs. These three districts represented a small, a medium, and a large-sized district in both urban and rural settings.


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.


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.


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.


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