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Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading non-profit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by partnering with schools to improve nutrition and physical activity to help our kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and be ready to learn.

Choose My Plate

Choose My Plate-New Food Pyramid

MyPlate was developed as an effort to promote healthy eating to consumers. The MyPlate icon is easy to understand and it helps to promote messages based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The new MyPlate icon builds on a familiar image — a plate — and is accompanied by messages to encourage consumers to make healthy choices.

 

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Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national non-profit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.

FRAC's School Breakfast Scorecard and Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation reports provide important information about school breakfast and summer meal participation, respectively, in MA and the rest of the country.

 

GettingSNAP.org

GettingSNAP.org is an online resource to help answer your questions and determine your eligibility for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps). If you live in Massachusetts, this website can also connect you with a Project Bread FoodSource Hotline counselor.

 

John C. Stalker Institute

 

John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition

The John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition offers educational and training opportunities for teachers, nurses, food service personnel, and others working to improve the quality of the school nutrition environment.

 

 

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Let’s Move!

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity. The initiative focuses on:

• Creating a healthy start for children

• Empowering parents and caregivers

• Providing healthy food in schools

• Improving access to healthy, affordable foods

• Increasing physical activity

 

The Lunch Box

The Lunch Box

The Lunch Box is an online toolkit with Healthy Tools for All Schools. It includes a wide variety of resources to help with financial planning, staff training, menu planning, and recipe development.

 

 

Action for Healthy Kids

Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids

The Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids State Team is comprised of nutrition and health professionals as well as community and education leaders. The work of the Massachusetts Team engages school nutrition staff, physical educators, nurses and other school staff, legislators, students, and parents.

The A-list is an inventory of vending and snack products that meet Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids’ Massachusetts A La Carte Food & Beverage Standards to Promote a Healthier School Environment. The list is continually updated and expanded by the John Stalker Institute.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education administers the school, afterschool, and summer meal programs in Massachusetts. They also fund the Child Nutrition Outreach Program at Project Bread--The Walk for Hunger.

 

 

Massachusetts Farm to School Project

The Massachusetts Farm to School Project has been matching local farmers with school food services throughout the state since 2004. Their website features information about local food purchasing for those just getting started with farm to school as well as seasoned experts. Look here to find farmers who are willing to sell to school districts, a guide to local sourcing opportunities, to learn about Mass. Harvest for Students Week, and to find resources for using fresh produce such as Fresh From the Farm: The Massachusetts Farm to School Cookbook.

 

 

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Minnesota Department of Health Great Trays

Great Trays is an innovative Minnesota partnership that helps schools prepare for the eventual changes to school nutrition standards proposed by USDA. The Great Trays website includes tools and resources that school nutrition staff can use for menu planning and promoting their school meals program.

 

 

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National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI)

The National Food Service Management Institute is the only federally funded national center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs. The Institute's mission is to provide information and services that promote the continuous improvement of child nutrition programs.

The NFSMI website provides online, self-guided child nutrition courses for school nutrition directors, managers, and staff. Their Culinary Techniques for Healthy School Meals course includes print and online lessons that include video demonstrations.

 

 

 

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NERAHN

The Northeast Regional Antihunger Network (NERAHN) serves as the coalition of antihunger agencies from the seven states in USDA's Northeast region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut). Its website features an online SFSP Best Practices tool as well as information about the federal nutrition programs.

 

 

New England Dairy and Food Council

New England Dairy & Food Council

New England Dairy & Food Council (NEDFC) is a non-profit nutrition education organization. Staffed by registered dietitians, they work in five New England states to ensure that health professionals, scientists, media, child nutrition professionals, and educators have a credible body of nutrition knowledge upon which to educate or base health recommendations and school programs.

 

Project Bread--The Walk for Hunger

Project Bread, the state's leading antihunger organization, is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts.Through The Walk for Hunger, Project Bread provides millions of dollars each year to over 450 emergency food programs statewide. Project Bread also advocates systemic solutions that provide food for families in schools, after-school programs, summer programs, community health centers, hospitals, and home care organizations. Project Bread administers the Child Nutrition Outreach Program.

 

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School Nutrition Association (SNA)

The School Nutrition Association is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country.

School Nutrition Association of MA

School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts

The SNA of Massachusetts, a state affiliate of SNA, brings information, services and continuing education to school food service professionals in Massachusetts and is one of the leading organizations committed to educating, supporting, and inspiring school nutrition and food service professionals

Beyond Breakfast, Breakfast in the Classroom

Breakfast in the Classroom

Thinking about implementing breakfast in the classroom in your district or need more information about alternative breakfast models? The Breakfast Resource Center has a wealth of ideas to help inform and guide you in making the right choices for the children in your district.

 

 

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Tray Talk

Tray Talk is part of a new PR campaign launched by SNA. The website emphasizes the benefits of school meals and showcases success stories from school nutrition programs nationwide. SNA members can help send positive messages about school meals by submitting their own “school nutrition success stories” to the Tray Talk website.

 

 

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USDA

The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service website has information on the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Summer Food Service Program, Child and Adult Care Feeding Program, SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), WIC, and many other great resources.

 

HealthierUS School Challenge

USDA, HealthierUS School Challenge

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

 

 USDA, Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

 

 

The Wellness Solution

Wellness Solutions for Massachusetts

Wellness Solutions for Massachusetts is an online resource for school community members to establish, implement, and share effective wellness policies for their schools. Wellness Solutions for Massachusetts is a collaborative effort between:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

John C. Stalker Institute

Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids

USDA, Team Nutrition

 

National Summer Learning Association

This group works to support organizations that offer summer education- and personal development-related programming for low-income children. Studies have shown that lack of access to opportunities such as summer camp that are typically not available to low income families can hinder kids' academic performance. The organization seeks to increase the number of providers of quality summer recreation to low-income areas around the country, and increasing access to healthy meals is part of their efforts.