Nutrition & Healthy Eating

Nutrition & Healthy Eating Nutrition & Healthy Eating
Strengthening our relationship to food, by increasing our knowledge of food systems and having access to high-quality foods, increases the likelihood that we will make positive dietary choices, and influence our families' choices positively as well.

Activity Ideas
Healthy Foods Committee
Create a healthy foods committee, appoint leader and coordinate with district or campus SHAC.
Vegetable and Herb Garden
Involve students in Creating, harvesting and keeping a school vegetable garden or green schoolyard- indoor/ outdoor (helps increase nutrition knowledge and preference for vegetables)
Community Garden
Team up with Community Garden and use a garden plot (if no facilities exist on campus) to start, harvest and teach from your interactive garden.
Seed to Plate (Tray) Program
Implement the schools garden harvest into cafeteria menu and at other school functions if possible.
Farm to Cafeteria
Implement/ partner with Farm to Cafeteria initiatives that benefit small farmers and provide fresh vegetables and healthy meals for students
Fruits and veggies- more matters
Increase Fruit & Vegetable Consumption on campus
Drink More Water Campaign
Reduce or eliminate consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Junk Food is History Campaign
Decrease or eliminate processed "junk food" availability including sales at school functions.
Nutritional Foods Audit
Evaluate nutritional services and ensure compliance with the USDA guidelines relating to foods of minimal nutritional value.
Healthy Foods Campaign
Increase access to healthy foods in school (salad bars, implement healthy menu).
Adult Foodie School
Teach staff and parents about nutrition and food systems. Provide opportunities to learn through cooking demos showcasing healthy recipes, portion control and healthy menu planning, family health fairs, articles in PTA newsletter.
Student Health Assessment
Measure students cognitive, behavioral, attitudinal changes related to nutrition and health education (CSHP)
Nutrition knowledge assessment
Conduct evaluation of students knowledge of food and nutrition sciences at the beginning and end of school year
Food science in curriculum
Incorporate food science, cafeteria menu planning, and nutrition lessons into health/ science curriculum
Community grocery or farm tours
Conduct Grocery store or farm tours
Farmers market
Host community farmer's market at or near school grounds and encourage families to visit local farmer's markets. School can have a table at the farmers market. (Farm to School)

 

Visit the Resources page for more ideas.

Texas Parks & Wildlife
Texas Education Agency
Blue Cross Blue Shield
AMD
HEB
TASC Student Council
PTA
Texas Dept. of Agriculture
Texas Children in Nature
Texas Computer Education Association