Team Nutrition is an initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. The Ohio Department of Education provides training and technical assistance to Ohio’s schools with Team Nutrition materials, to help them serve healthy and tasty meals. For more information on specific Team Nutrition programs, click on the links below.
Schools can enroll in Team Nutrition through this USDA website.
Team Nutrition Training Grant Projects
ODE, OCN is requesting proposals from Ohio schools on the NSLP to assist in the implementation of Smarter Lunchroom Techniques in their school cafeterias. Proposals will be due March 1, 2013. An informative Smarter School Lunchroom webinar will be held from 1:30-2:30 pm on February 11, 2013 to provide further information on the Smarter Lunchroom Initiative and to answer any questions on the Smarter Lunchroom Mini-Grants.
Funds from this USDA TN Training Grant will provide selected schools with up to $2,500 to implement changes in their cafeteria to promote increased student choices of whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and legumes. Success stories and lessons learned from this project will be shared across Ohio in a manual – Smart Choices for School Meals that Move – a guide to assist school food service personnel to assess, implement, and evaluate their own smarter lunchrooms. In addition to funding, schools will be assisted with cafeteria changes through the support of faculty from a local university as well as staff of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement at Cornell University.
If interested, please complete the Team Nutrition Application Packet (PDF).
Register for the Smarter Lunchroom Mini-Grant Webinar, through CRRS. Go to the Claims Reimbursement and Reporting System (CRRS) log in screen (the screen where a user types in their user name and password). Instead of logging into CRRS, click on “Click here to register for training” directly below the user name and password entry prompts. On the next screen, type in your CRRS user name and password in the prompts on the left side of the screen and click Continue. A list of the available webinars and trainings will appear. If you need to change or cancel your registration, you will need your confirmation number and last name.
Best Practices Sharing Center – Resources and tools to help Ohio’s students eat, prepare, and learn about foods and nutrition.
Team Nutrition Curriculums
Create a Classroom That Moves! - Join the movement! Classroom-based physical activity is an instructional tool teachers can use to improve mood, energy levels, and facilitate student learning. Early evaluations of active environments have demonstrated positive changes in student classroom behavior, word recognition and reading fluency, math scores, time on-task, and concentration levels (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2010). Activity-friendly environments also promote positive attitudes toward fitness and other health–enhancing behaviors. Activity can be introduced into existing routines and transitions, into academic lessons, or introduced as a ‘brain break.’ You choose! Create a Classroom that Moves! consists of three core classroom tools: Grade-level nutrition lessons; Physical activity breaks; My Classroom Physical Activity Pyramid.
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.
Serving Up MyPlate - a Yummy Curriculum is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.
Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best takes 7th and 8th grade classes on an exploratory journey into school wellness. There are three inquiry-driven lessons for each grade, which include:
- Engaging ways for students to learn about making healthy nutrition and physical activity choices;
- Standards-aligned activities for Math, Science, and English Language Arts;
- Opportunities for students to investigate, participate in a challenge, evaluate, and reflect.
HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary certification initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.
Recipes for Healthy Kids – try these kid-approved recipes made from healthy ingredients!