School Food Policy Resources
- Changing the Scene - Improving the School Nutrition Environment is a tool kit that addresses the entire school nutrition environment from a commitment to nutrition and physical activity, pleasant eating experiences, quality school meals, other healthy food options, nutrition education and marketing the issue to the public.
- Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
The USDA and FDA do not require that domestically grown fruits and vegetables be inspected. Growers are advised to voluntarily adopt Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) as defined in this FDA guide for farmers. (PDF: 49 pages)
- Guide to Serving Local Food on Your Menu
This guide from the Glynwood Center is a primer to help foodservice managers and directors, caterers, chefs, restaurateurs and others consider creative ways to incorporate local food products into almost any foodservice setting. (PDF: 32 pages)
- Eight Component Model for Coordinated School Health Program
This Centers for Disease Control schema elevates nutrition/health education to equal status with other parts of the curriculum. (PDF: 8 pages)
- Establishing a Whole School Food Policy -- This guide has been written to help your school develop, write and implement a whole school food policy. It is designed to be easy to follow and based firmly in the context of real school life.
- Healthy School Food Policies: A Checklist (PDF)
This working paper collects many of the innovative policies that have been adopted or proposed to improve school food, providing a checklist of around 50 such policies.
- A Model School Food Policy: A Practical Guide (Grab 5)
This booklet is intended to outline the advantages to a school of adopting a food policy and to provide practical guidance on how to go about this.
- School Foods Tool Kit: A Guide to Improving School Food and Beverages
The Center for Science in the Public Interest designed this tool kit to help parents, teachers, and others interested in improving the nutritional quality of food and beverages served to children in school. (Three PDFs: Part I: 35 pages, Part II: 28 pages, Part III: 23 pages)
- School Health Policies and Programs Study
U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services/CDC/Division of Adolescent and School Health. School Health Policies and Programs Study. Journal of School Health 71 (7) (2001). This national survey periodically is conducted to assess school health policies and programs at the state, district, school, and classroom levels. It includes fact sheets, state report cards, state-level summaries and more.
- Soft Drinks in Schools
This American Academy of Pediatrics' policy statement warns pediatricians and other health care professionals, parents, superintendents, and school board members about nutritional concerns regarding soft drink consumption in schools.
- California Project LEAN's (CPL) 'Successful Students Through Healthy Food Policies' programme used a social marketing approach to move local school board members to establish and enforce school nutrition policies.
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