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Increased Access to Healthy Food

Action steps to increase access to healthy food in local schools:

  1. Work with school wellness councils/school officials to improve school nutrition programs by increasing access to healthy foods.
    Schools struggle to maintain healthy cafeteria menu options that are within their limited school meal budgets and remain appealing to students. School wellness councils/school officials can work with school administrators to develop creative solutions to ensure that students have access to nutrient-dense, low-energy value foods.    

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    For more information visit: School Nutrition Association

  3. Work with school wellness councils/school officials to include nutrition education in school curricula Creating healthier environments for children and adolescents is a critical step in supporting children in making healthy choices, however, it is also important for children to learn how and why they should they lead healthy active lives School wellness councils can work with school administrators to develop health curricula that encourages health eating.

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  4. For more information visit: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Team Nutrition

  5. Create edible garden programs that integrate gardening and fresh seasonal cooking into curricula, culture, and food programs.
    School gardens can provide experiential learning about food systems and how to grow food while simultaneously exposing children to new and healthy foods.  Exposing students to fresh produce presents a unique opportunity to meet children's immediate nutritional needs, while cultivating lifelong healthy habits.

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    For more information: Farmtoschool.org

  7. Work with school wellness programs to institute farm-to-school programs that deliver fresh fruits and vegetables directly from farms to schools.
    Farm to School connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.

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    For more information: KidsGardening.org

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Limit Unhealthy Foods/School

Action steps limit unhealthy foods in local schools:

  1. Work with local school wellness councils/school officials to limit availability of low-nutrient, energy-dense competitive foods in schools.
    By limiting the availability of low-nutrient, energy dense competitive foods available within school stores, bake sales, or vending machines, schools can encourage healthier eating by all students.

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    For more information: Alliance for a Healthier Generation 


Point of Purchase

Action steps for point of purchase in local schools include:

  1. Work with school wellness councils/school officials to position food high in nutrients and low in energy-density to make students more likely to opt for healthier choices
    Attractively positioning foods high in nutrients and low in energy-density in school cafeterias can make healthy choices more attractive to students in lunch lines.

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    For more information: Alliance for a Healthier Generation


Media Campaigns

Action steps to develop media campaigns in local schools include:

  1. Work with district administrators to ensure that children are not exposed to food marketing materials of low-nutrient, energy-dense foods in schools and do not accept money from these companies.
    Cash-strapped schools often agree to marketing contracts with food and beverage manufacturers to help fund extracurricular programs. Limiting students' exposure to food marketing will encourage healthy eating behavior inside and outside of schools.


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    For more information: Alliance for a Healthier Generation