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Nutrition Environment and Services

OVERVIEW

The school nutrition environment provides students with opportunities to learn about and practice healthy eating through available foods and beverages, nutrition education, and messages about food in the cafeteria and throughout the school campus. Students may have access to foods and beverages in a variety of venues at school including the cafeteria, vending machines, grab ‘n’ go kiosks, schools stores, concession stands, classroom rewards, classroom parties, school celebrations, and fundraisers.

School nutrition services provide meals that meet federal nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, accommodate the health and nutrition needs of all students, and help ensure that foods and beverages sold outside of the school meal programs (i.e., competitive foods) meet Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. School nutrition professionals should meet minimum education requirements and receive annual professional development and training to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to provide these services. All individuals in the school community support a healthy school nutrition environment by marketing and promoting healthier foods and beverages, encouraging participation in the school meal programs, role-modeling healthy eating behaviors, and ensuring that students have access to free drinking water throughout the school day.

Healthy eating has been linked in studies to improved learning outcomes and helps ensure that students are able to reach their potential.

CSH TEAM FACILITATOR – NUTRITION SERVICES

Allissa Eiser, aeiser@bethlehemschools.org, Food Services Director

VISION

We would like to provide additional services that promote nutritious choices in and out of school as well as providing information to students so they can make informed decisions about what they eat at school.

STRATEGIES AND ACTIONS

  • Increase links to web-based resources for nutrition educate and kid-friendly recipes for school and home
  • Discontinue foam tray usage at BCHS
  • Suggest edits to BOE on nutrition section of BCHS wellness policy
  • Provide nutrition panel information for items sold at BCHS on web and at point of sale

RESOURCES