Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that works to alleviate childhood obesity and promote physical activity through training and technical assistance for food service staff, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. Team Nutrition’s goal is to improve children’s lifelong eating and physical activity habits by using the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

Team Nutrition Resources
Nutrition and physical activity resources are available on the USDA Team Nutrition website. The free resources are available to schools and child care facilities participating in the Federal Child Nutrition Programs. Order hard copies or download the materials from the USDA Team Nutrition link.

Become Part of the Team!
Is your school a Team Nutrition School? Becoming a Team Nutrition School will help you focus attention on the important role nutritious school meals, nutrition education and a health-promoting school environment play in helping students learn to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity.

To determine if your school is already a Team Nutrition school and to access a variety of nutrition, physical activity and overall school wellness resources, select the Team Nutrition link.

HealthierUS School Challenge
The HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize excellence in promoting nutrition and physical activity, creating healthier environments for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

Click on the HealthierUS School Challenge link (see right) and consider applying for this award. A list of current HealthierUS School Challenge award winning schools in Minnesota is also available through the link. Contact Food and Nutrition Service if you have question regarding the application process.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools National Recognition Program rewards schools who commit to environments that promote healthy eating and physical activity. To learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and their partnerships with the HealthierUS School Challenge, check out related resources.

Food and Nutrition Service offers trainings through our U.S. Department of Agriculture Team Nutrition training grant. Topics covered have included Smarter Lunchrooms, Dietary Guidelines, culinary skills and the HealthierUS School Challenge. Training opportunities, when available, are posted on the SNP training page and the CACFP training page.

Smarter Lunchroom Movement
Team Nutrition encourages schools to become involved in the Smarter Lunchroom Movement. Click on the Smarter Lunchroom link to learn more about increasing participation and decreasing waste in child nutrition programs.

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