School Nutrition Professionals

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.


Growing Farm to School: Results from the Idaho Farm to School Pilot (PDF | 994 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.


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.


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.


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.


Being a Role Model for School Wellness Workshop

Iowa Department of Education; Iowa Team Nutrition.

Iowa held a one-day Train-the-Trainer workshop for school staff members including adult advisors of student organizations. The following resources were provided:


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.


Power Panther Professionals

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

8 to 12-week customizable staff wellness program designed for school and child care personnel. Its ultimate goal is to improve employees' health and well-being while empowering them to serve as healthy role models for young people and other adults.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Walking Works for Schools Toolkit (PDF | 1.87 MB)

Team Nutrition Iowa.

Guide for planning a walking program at your school. A Webinar with additional information is also available.


School Breakfast Best Practice Guide

Iowa Department of Education.

This 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.


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.


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.


Showcase of Chefs Recipe Book School Day Just Got Healthier: Showcase of Chefs Recipe Book

Michigan Team Nutrition.

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


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.


How Our Gardens Grow cover How Our Gardens Grow: Cultivating Nutrition and Learning Through Idaho School Gardens (PDF | 43 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs.

The ten School Garden Grant sites featured in this booklet provide examples of ways to implement a school garden.


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.


Build a Healthy Lunch Reimbursable Meal Identification System

Iowa Department of Education.

Kit helps students identify foods that are part of the reimbursable meal for the day at the near or beginning of the serving line.


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.


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.


Healthy Celebrations (PDF | 413 KB)

Connecticut State Department of Education.


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