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Competitive Foods and School Lunch
Understand what competitive foods are and how the food environment in schools affect children’s choices and eating habits.
Together we can help make our schools healthy spaces and encourage our kids to lead healthy, successful lives.
Click on the arrows to discover ways to make 5-2-1 Almost None behaviors easier for children, families and schools.
Teach a yummy curriculum.Not only is it important to advocate for healthy foods in school, but we must also teach our kids about what a healthy, balanced diet is. Packing more material into the school day is tough. That’s why Serving Up My Plate created resources and materials that elementary teachers can easily incorporate into their teaching.
Partner with local chefs.Ask the experts! Working with local chefs, you and your school can think up creative menus, host cooking demonstrations, and inspire youth to enjoy cooking and eating healthfully.
Organize a school health team.Sometimes the first step to creating a healthy environment is to spread the word! Having regular meetings with fellow teachers, parents, administrators, and even students can build the buzz around health in your school.
Encourage media literacy.Advertisements can be misleading and sometimes down right deceptive. Youth are especially susceptible to media influence and this can negatively impact their health. Teaching youth about the power of marketing helps them become responsible consumers.
Advocate for joint use agreements.The city or county can partner with your school to open up your school’s playground to the community after hours. Joint-use agreements create safe spaces for community members to be active using the school’s resources.
Find out if your school measures up.The CDC offers a self-assessment tool and planning guide to help schools see how their curriculum compares to national standards. The results can help schools improve or create physical education curriculum.
Build an active school plan.Teachers, administrators, parents, and students can all be a part of creating an action plan to encourage physical activity in schools. Once your school has a plan, everyone can work together towards small goals and make your school an active school.
Make Healthy Changes!The Zone Health School Obesity Prevention Program is helping school teams make healthy changes like having greater access to healthy meals and snacks, physical activity breaks and health education.
Contact policymakers.Get to know the people who represent you at the local, state, and federal level. Ask them to support policies that ensure our children have access to clean drinking water in school.
Change the vending options at your school.Create healthy vending options in your school. Don't forget to think about fundraisers and concession stands as places for change! The Healthy Vending Toolkit will help get you started.
Take the 5-2-1 Almost None message with you wherever you wander. Find out how you can get involved where you live, work, play, or pray.