March 25, 2008 -- Developing local school wellness policies in districts across the United States was the first challenge, as teams of administrators, teachers, parents, students and school nutrition professionals came together to determine changes and guidance for creating healthy school environments. But with policies now in place, school nutrition professionals and their allies are facing a whole host of new challenges—as well as some exciting opportunities.
A new publication from SNA provides inspiration and practical ideas for all in the school community who are committed to fostering healthy eating habits in children. Well Done! School Nutrition Professionals Put Wellness Policies to Work is a booklet of motivational tales of how school nutrition directors are meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities presented by local school wellness policies. School nutrition professionals from districts of all sizes and all across the country share experiences relating to gaining support from principals, teachers, parents and students; establishing cafeteria-based nutrition education programs; finding products to meet new nutrition standards; developing staff wellness programs and making operational changes.
“Turning Cafeterias into Classrooms,” an excerpt from the publication accessible through Related Links, discusses the efforts of Prince William County (Va.) Public Schools to integrate nutrition education into the lunch period.
Well Done! is available for $12 per copy. A special bulk rate is also available to allow school nutrition directors and their supporters to purchase in large quantities and share this publication with key decision makers in their districts, as well as media, parents, legislators and allies in the community. To order copies see the Related Link to the SNA Bookstore.