The foods that we eat give us the energy and the nutrients that our bodies need. Selecting the right foods to eat today can help us reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers in later years. Healthy eating habits, along with daily exercise, are important to a healthy lifestyle. Learning about healthy eating habits can occur in many places: classrooms, school cafeterias, libraries, home and others. Many resources are available to provide education and guidelines for healthy eating habits in all of these areas.
Nutrition Integrity 2012 Oven Grants
The Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Child
Nutrition promotes the “Health is Academic” initiative by offering
funds for the purchase of combination oven steamers. The goal of
the Nutrition Integrity 2012 Grant is to replace deep fat fryers in
school kitchens with combination oven steamers in order to make
a substantial difference in the number of calories and fat
consumed by children at school. All Mississippi schools (K-12) are
eligible to apply for the Nutrition Integrity 2012 Grants. The grant
application must be turned in no later than Friday, May 4, 2012 by 3:30
PM Central Standard Time. For a copy of the RFA, please visit www.mde.k12.ms.us/grants.htm. If you have any questions about
the grant, please contact Lydia West by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601-576-4964.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition initiative has multiple resources and nutrition education materials for child nutrition staff, families, children and educators.
H20, Way to Go! When it comes to school, every teacher, parent and student knows the "three R's"..... but far too often we forget about the big H20.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Application Package
Mississippi Healthy Students Act (2007)
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USDA has released the MyPyramid food guidance system for Americans to make healthy choices and be physically active. Featured are assessment tools for individuals to evaluate diet and activity, materials for teachers and child nutrition professionals, and other resources.
Children can access MyPyramid for Kids and play the interactive computer game: MyPyramid Blast Off Game, to learn how their food choices fuel their body. Lesson plans for elementary school teachers are available.
HealthierUS School Challenge
The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program established to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Four levels of superior performance are awarded: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold of Distinction.