- Health Promotion for Staff: A Component of Coordinated School Health
- Team Nutrition Training Grant Funded
- Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Interim Report
- Smarter Lunchrooms: Colorful Bowls Boost Healthy Eating

Health Promotion for Staff: A Component of Coordinated School Health

Schools can provide opportunities for staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, health education and health-related fitness activities. These opportunities encourage school staff to pursue a healthy lifestyle that contributes to their improved health status, improved morale, and a greater personal commitment to the school's overall coordinated health program. This personal commitment often transfers into greater commitment to the health of students and creates positive role modeling.

School Wellness Guide: A Guide for Protecting the Assets of Our Nation's Schools is a comprehensive guide that provides information, practical tools and resources for school employee wellness programs.

Team Nutrition Training Grant Funded

The South Dakota Department of Education, Child and Adult Nutrition Services (CANS) received a two year Team Nutrition Training Grant (2011-2013). CANS, Team Nutrition was awarded $289,628 in competitive funds and $34,595 in non-competitive grant funds.

The competitive funds will promote nutrition education to students, provide resources to parents, and provide technical assistance and training for school food service providers and communities participating in the National School Lunch Program and Child Care Food Programs.

The non-competitive funds will support states in their efforts to significantly increase the number of schools applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge. Schools interested in applying for the challenge will receive technical assistance from CANS in reviewing applications for accuracy and may be eligible for financial assistance with costs incurred to complete applications. Schools seeking assistance should check with CANS before beginning the application process. For more information contact Mary C. Kirk - Team Nutrition Coordinator, 605-773-4718 or Karlys Wells - Extension Assistant, 605-688-4039.

Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: Interim Report

An interim report of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is now available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/ora/MENU/Published/CNP/cnp.htm. As indicated in the report schools participating in FFVP for the 2011-2012 school years, the program increased student consumption of fruits and vegetables by about 15%, on average, as compared to consumption in non-FFVP schools. The final evaluation report, to be completed next year, will expand on this interim report by including detailed information on how the FFVP was implemented in a nationally-representative sample of schools.

Smarter Lunchrooms: Colorful Bowls Boost Healthy Eating

Cornell University research reveals that something as easy as putting fruit in a colorful bowl can increase fruit sales in lunchrooms by 104%. This is only one of the changes proposed through the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (BEN). Researchers analyzed multiple school lunchroom layouts that hindered student's selection of nutritious foods, and revamped them with changes that resulted in an increase in healthy food choices. Click here to read more.

Nov. 2011