With all of the emphasis being put on school lunch programs nationwide, there are many resources available to learn about the many facets surrounding this important topic. Below we have gathered some websites that may be helpful if you want to learn more.
National School Lunch Program
USDA Food and Nutrition Services: Find out information about the federally assisted National School Lunch program, its history, evolution and current policies.
Utah Child Nutrition Programs
Utah State Office of Education Child Nutrition Program: Find out what programs are administered by the state of Utah that strives to improve the nutritional well being of all Utah children.
Michelle Obama’s campaign for healthier kids. National statistics, food and nutrition resources, and resources for staying active to prevent childhood obesity and promote optimal health for our kids.
CDC Report on the Importance of Fruits and Vegetables
Why Fruits and Vegetables are Important
Resources that Support EATS Projects
Taste Tests: Why they work, and how to perform.
Real School Gardens
Farm to school gardens. A complete resource for teachers, parents, and administrators on how to create successful school gardens with an academic focus.
Let’s Move School Gardens Michelle Obama’s effort to encourage school gardens and how to choose the right site, test soil, and design the garden for students.
Cooking with KidsCalifornia’s Department of Education shares helpful tips on how to cook with kids – why it’s important, how to organize cooking projects, and how to keep the kitchen safe.
Chefs Move to School Program
Promoting school partnerships with local chefs for an enhanced culinary experience in our schools. Chefs Move to Schools is an integral part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and its goal of solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. This website creates a platform for chefs and schools to create partnerships in their communities with the mission of collaboratively educating kids about food and healthy eating.
Cooking with Kids
California’s Department of Education shares helpful tips on how to cook with kids – why it’s important, how to organize cooking projects, and how to keep the kitchen safe.
Nourish Interactive Nutrition Games for Teachers
A resource for how games can teach nutrition, the Food Pyramid, and healthy eating habits with supporting materials.
Sites with a lot of healthy recipes for kids.