Nutrition, Health and Wellness

Child nutrition programs support healthy eating and physical activity for children. The Minnesota Department of Education provides support, information and resources including guides, curricula, fact sheets and recognition programs that can help schools and sponsor programs promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Good nutrition is essential for physical and cognitive development. Foods available at school, both in and out of the cafeteria, should provide students with healthy options. School breakfast programs have been linked to improved attendance, behavior and test results. Providing healthy options in classrooms, fundraising and vending and using alternatives to food as a reward can reinforce positive messages to students regarding their food choices.