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Raising the Bar for School Meals

PlateofFood In an effort to continually improve the quality of the menus we offer our students we are raising the bar on the standards of our school meals. Our focus is on enhancing the diet of students with more nutritious choices here at school and by providing nutrition education that will help students form healthy habits that last a lifetime!

We encourage you to follow similar healthy guidelines at home.

Key enhancements include an increase in the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk in our meals. We are also reducing in the levels of sodium, saturated fat and eliminating added trans fat in meals. We do not supersize our meals, but instead strive to meet the nutrition needs of students within their age specific calorie requirements.
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Child Nutrition

Good nutrition leads to great academic performance. Your body needs healthy fuel to perform, to grow and to ward off illness and disease. Would you feed a million dollar racehorse junk food & soda? Of course not, so think about what you eat...because you are worth far more than a horse!

Good nutrition has a positive and direct impact on your ability to do well in school. When your nutritional needs are met, you have the cognitive energy to learn and achieve. You will be better prepared to learn, more likely to attend school, and are more apt to take advantage of learning opportunities.

Protein – Choose a variety of foods with lean protein

Protein is an indispensable nutrient and can be found throughout every tissue in our body. Protein is a vital source of energy but the most important function of protein is building and repairing tissue. We also need protein for our immune function, proteins transport vitamins and minerals throughout our body.

Grains – Make half of all the grains you eat whole grains

Eating grains, especially whole grains, provides health benefits. Dietary fiber from whole grains, may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Grains are important sources of many nutrients, including several B vitamins, magnesium and selenium.

Vegetables – Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables

Eating vegetables provides health benefits — people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

Fruits – Make at least half of your plate fruits and vegetables

Eating fruit provides health benefits — people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.

Dairy – Always choose fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk

Milk and dairy products are especially important to bone health during school aged years, when bone mass is being built. It provides important sources of calcium, potassium and vitamin D, and help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and help to lower blood pressure in adults.


Personal Wellness from SNA
Take a step toward living a healthier lifestyle! SNA’s STEPS wellness events and tips are specifically created for you—the nation’s school nutrition professionals. Below, you’ll gain access to wellness ideas, healthy recipe suggestions, exercise and fitness tips and more.

Sna's STEPS wellness events

Wellness Events
Attending SNIC or ANC? Don’t miss the in-person STEPS Wellness events at these conferences. Weather it’s a walk outside or a sunrise stretch to get you ready for the day (and sessions!), you won’t want to miss joining your peers for these fun events.

Create Your Own Monthly Challenges
Create a monthly challenge for yourself, your team or lead your whole district into a fitness plan! Use the STEPS monthly template to create a challenge that fits!

Healthy Recipes
Need ideas for healthy, simple meals that are delicious too? We’ve rounded up some of the best healthy recipes from around the web to give you inspiration to start eating better today! View our full recipe list.

Simple Solutions
So, you’re ready to make a healthy change to your lifestyle. You’ll need some advice and ideas from expert sources to stick to it! Below you’ll find tips to help you get healthier and overcome challenges that stand in your way. View our resources and solutions.