Team Nutrition is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that works to alleviate childhood obesity and promote physical activity through training and technical assistance for food service staff, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. Team Nutrition’s goal is to improve children’s lifelong eating and physical activity habits by using the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

Become Part of the Team!
Is your school a Team Nutrition School? Becoming a Team Nutrition School will help you focus attention on the important role nutritious school meals, nutrition education and a health-promoting school environment play in helping students learn to enjoy healthy eating and physical activity. It will provide the framework for team efforts by school nutrition staff, teachers, parents, the media and other community members. Team Nutrition schools also gain access to order free hard copy resources from the Team Nutrition website.

To determine if your school is already a Team Nutrition school and to access a variety of nutrition, physical activity and overall school wellness resources, select the Team Nutrition link.

HealthierUS School Challenge
The HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize excellence in promoting nutrition and physical activity, creating healthier environments for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

For a list of current HealthierUS School Challenge award winning schools in Minnesota, select the HealthierUS School Challenge link.

Through the HealthierUS School Challenge, USDA has partnered with two organizations, the national Fuel Up to Play 60 program and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program. Fuel Up to Play 60 is the in-school nutrition and physical activity program founded by National Dairy Council® and the National Football League, based on a mutual commitment to the health of the next generation. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools National Recognition Program rewards schools who commit to environments that promote healthy eating and physical activity. To learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and their partnerships with the HealthierUS School Challenge, check out related resources.
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