Healthy Nutrition at School
Promoting Healthy Snacks at School
Breakfast & Lunch: Schools are required to serve breakfast & lunches that meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and provide minimum calorie levels, and one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium. Visit the Dietary Guidelines website for more detailed information. All foods sold at school during the school day meet nutrition standards. Breakfast and Lunch Menu.
Snacks/Celebrations/Birthday Parties: It is important to provide consistent messaging around food and beverages and healthy eating throughout the school day. Promoting healthy options during meal time while allowing foods high in calories, fat, sugar and sodium at birthday parties and celebrations, sends conflicting messages to children. See below for more information on how to help our students with the best possible choices for parties & celebrations.
We care, because...
Many children consume at least half of their meals at school, including breakfast & lunch. In addition, students celebrate birthdays and have other seasonal celebrations, & classroom celebrations, etc., throughout the school year. Food plays an important role in learning by helping to fuel the body and mind. Therefore, it's important to make the most of the fuel that we put into our bodies! Research evidence suggests beneficial effects of breakfast for on-task behavior in the classroom. We strongly encourage all students to eat breakfast, either at home or at school, and avoid sugary cereals, perhaps choosing foods with protein and fiber which provide a longer lasting fuel!
Snack Alternatives for Healthier Classroom Parties
We suggest parents contact the classroom teacher at least 2 days prior to all birthday & classroom celebrations. This will help the teacher plan for the celebration and ensure everyone's safety. We have several students with life-threatening allergies - it's important to communicate all food items and ingredients to the teacher.
Consider non-food items, such as:Pencils, stickers, bookmarks, fun erasersInexpensive trinketsGames or craft projects (check with teacher prior)Guest reader (check with teacher prior)Special Show and TellAsk teacher for suggestions
Consider one of the following healthy snack / beverage ideas:100% fruit juice (check the label for “100%”)Fresh fruit (apples with caramel dip, oranges, bananas, apples, etc.)Fresh veggies (prepackaged)Fat free or low fat yogurtCanned fruit (avoid added sugar)Frozen fruit popsicles (check label for “100% fruit”)Whole grain pretzelsPopcornGraham crackersFat-free puddingWhole grain cereal barsBaked chips (small quantities)
* Make sure there is a label with all food items, listing all ingredients, to ensure students with life-threatening allergies will be safe.