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Nutrition Services

 
Schools should provide access to a variety of nutritious and appealing meals that accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students. The school nutrition services offer students a learning laboratory for classroom nutrition and health education, and serve as a resource for linkages with nutrition-related community services (CDC).
 
Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity This page includes links to Fruits and Veggies- More Matters; 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate Nutrition Resources.
 
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition Services These pages include information on all facets of the school nutrition program, including the following: The School Day Just Got Healthier; Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program; Keystone Kids Go and Parent Fact Sheets.
 
Summer Meals Toolkit To help prevent summer hunger, the USDA partners with schools, local governments, and community organizations to provide free meals to children. Any child under the age of 18 can go to a designated summer meal site and eat for free. Find summer meals in your community.
 
No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. This campaign connects children with effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals; offers programs to teach families how to cook healthy, affordable meals and engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. Grants are also available to schools and other organizations who are involved in the Summer Food Service Program or the National School Lunch "Seamless Summer" Program; educating and enrolling eligible families in SNAP and WIC; increasing the availability of school breakfast and increasing access to afterschool snack and meal programs.
 
Educational Opportunities
 
Smart Fundraising for Healthy Schools webinar  Recorded by Action for Healthy Kids, this webinar shared why healthy fundraising helps to support school activities and the health of students and families. An overview of the Smart Snacks in School rules related to fundraising was provided, as well as ideas for Fundraising. This training is not available for Act 48/58 hours due to the availability of the certificate prior to accessing the webinar.
 
Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Putting the Act into Action "What You Need to Know to Make the Most of the New School Nutrition and Wellness Improvements" Speakers will discuss key provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act which will result in easier access to free meals for low-income children.
 
Cornell NutritionWorks Provides research-based information and practical tools on nutrition. Participants must register as a member in order to access these trainings, but membership is free.
 
Weight of the Nation HBO has collaborated with the Institute of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and Kaiser Permanente to produce this four part documentary series focusing on the obesity epidemic. The series originally premiered May 14 and 15, 2013 on HBO.
 
Updated: June 28, 2016