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Kids will have fun with these interactive printables all while learning about food nutrition! This download drop includes an educational reader and brain-stimulating matching card games. Download

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Game On Grants In order to get every kid healthy and ready to learn, our Game On Grants provide funding, support, and resources for schools to increase physical activity and nutrition initiatives while promoting students’ social emotional learning. Funding is for $1,000 for physical activity OR nutrition projects; and funding is for $2,500 for physical activity AND nutrition projects. PreK-12 schools in all states are eligible to apply. Do you ne…
Healthy eating & physical activity funding for kids
Office Depot Foundation  Deadline: Rolling
The Office Depot Foundation’s Grants for Children and Communities prefers to fund projects and programs in the areas of giving children tools for success and serving communities.

Grants of $50 to $3,000 will be awarded.
Through partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, and the Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund, (and more!) Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2014-2015 school year.

Funding:  1000 schools will receive awards between $500 -$5000

Purpose:  To support school breakfast and physical activity programs

Should attend a webinar if applying: Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 3:00-4:00pm …
Please share Sandy Slade's Video for an Applebee's Commercial.

Free posters and resources from the USDA to teach students about nutrition.

Recess Improvement

A better recess.

Recess Before Lunch Materials

The School Wellness Recognition Program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the California State PTA and is designed to recognize and applaud schools that are making significant improvements in their school environment related to healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco free lifestyles.

ACS and PTA want to motivate and empower California schools to "step up" and create healthy school environments.

To r…
The government has issued new standards for the school lunch and breakfast programs. They are accepting feedback for 72 days, which ends April 13, 2011. These new rules were created so that schools are serving meals in alignment with the 2005 “Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” as required by the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act.

What changes will we see?

More fruits, veggies, lowfat/nonfat milk options, whole grains, and reduced sod…
The new proposed meal requirements will raise nutrition standards for the first time in fifteen years. They will make critical changes to school meals and help improve the health and nutrition of nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs. These changes are also an important component of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.

"The Unite…
Head Start Body Start: the National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play has developed a great movement and nutrition resource for teachers and parents called Healthy Home. Healthy Homes is a downloadable, reproducible resource designed to promote healthy lifestyles for young children and their families. Healthy Homes includes a fun movement activity, nutrition message, and healthy recipe. The downloadable resources come in English a…
Applications Open for General Mills Foundation 2011 Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Program.

Grants of $10,000 will be awarded to community-based groups working to develop creative ways to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle.

Deadline: December 15, 2010

Download Grant Application

Grant Writing Tips
by Andrea Bossenmeyer

A great free resource came into my inbox today. We all know we should eat at least 4-5 servings of fruits and veggies everyday. Here's a great way to find locally grown across US & Canada. The Eat Well Guide® is a free online directory featuring over 22,000 listings where anyone can search for fresh, locally grown and sustainably produced food.

And if you live in Wisconsin Farm Aid is having a 25th Bday Celebration.

In many California school cafeterias, there's no water available to drink.

Hard to believe but true. Drinking water is not available in many school cafeterias throughout CA.

A California bill requiring schools to offer drinking water at no charge to students has passed the Senate and Assembly and awaits the governor's signature — a fairly sure thing because the governor sponsored the bill, according to the Los Angeles Times.

I'm glad …
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week that it will award $1 million in grants for eligible high-poverty schools to start community gardens.

The goal: to teach students about gardening and nutrition and to provide fresh produce for school meals. Some of the harvest may also be given to students' families, as well as to local food banks and senior-center nutrition programs according to the USDA announcement. (…
Remember the old "everybody needs milk" campaign?

Schools are faced with the question is some milk (flavored) better than no milk? This seems to be the situation that many school cafeteria's are facing with the opening of the new school year. Should they serve regular milk, flavored milk or chocolate milk?

The NY Times article on Some Schools Ban Chocolate Milk points out that 71% of milk served nationwide is flavored. Is this…
Contributed by Andrea Bossenmeyer

Yet another research study is emerging showing that if you stick Dora or Shrek or any other popular cartoon character on the front of a box or a banana that is what the child will choose to eat. The study shows preschoolers will choose the higher-calorie, less healthful foods over more nutritious options.

"The bottom line is that when kids are presented with a choice of graham crackers, fruit snacks or carrot…
Though sugary sodas have been banned for some time in the state's public schools, in middle and high schools, sugar-sweetened sports drinks are allowed. SB1255, already passed by the State Senate and today passed by the Assembly's Education Committee, would ban sale of sugar-sweetened sports drinks during school hours too.

Read Sugary Sport Drinks.

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Recess Before Lunch plan nixed when School Board votes down cost of new sinks. One of the biggest obstacles to a Recess Before Lunch schedule is often hand washing. On the traditional eat first and play later option children often wash their hands in the classroom before lining up for lunch.

District 861 School Board in conjunction with the local Wellness Committee are looking for grant funding to cover the $10,000 cost of the new sinks to be in…
MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children learning kit (the Kit) is a collection of supplementary lessons on nutrition and physical activity with an emphasis on role modeling. Intended as a teacher resource in the early childhood classroom, the Kit is most appropriate for use with children ages three to five. (Kit description).

This kit is available for free download and was developed by Maryland State Department of Edu…