Bridges to Wellness: Connecting School Meals and Classroom Learning


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SNF and the National Dairy Council have partnered to develop Bridges to Wellness: Connecting School Meals and Classroom Learning, a set of interactive nutrition education lessons for students in grades 5-10. These lessons are designed to provide classroom instruction with school nutrition program-based application activities. Bridges to Wellness will help school districts meet the nutrition education goals in their local school wellness policies. Bridges to Wellness also supports the historic intent of the school nutrition programs to provide a learning laboratory for school-based nutrition education. All lessons are reviewed by both teachers and school nutrition operators experienced with the targeted student grade levels.

What Is in A Lesson?

Each lesson provides 30-45 minutes of classroom instruction coupled with 20-30 minute application activities, including a visit to the school cafeteria and interaction with school nutrition program staff. Each lesson is available in full color or black and white and contains all necessary instructions for classroom lessons and cafeteria activities as well as all handouts and transparencies.

Lesson 1: 3-A-Day ™ of Dairy Nutrient Package

Lesson 2: Food Groups to Encourage

Lesson 3: Nutrition and Physical Activity 

Lessons 4: Making Breakfast Count 

Communication Tools

SNF has prepared Bridges to Wellness™ Communications Tips and Tools to help you implement Bridges to Wellness successfully in your school district.

Bridges to Wellness Backgrounder (color)  - (pdf)

Bridges to Wellness Backgrounder  (black and white)  - (pdf)


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