2013 Team Nutrition Training Grants
Competitive – Connecticut will implement a Smarter Lunchrooms Makeover Pilot to identify effective strategies for changing the cafeteria environment to positively influence students’ daily food choices so they are more consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. They will also conduct statewide workshops for school foodservice personnel on the new meal pattern requirements for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.
Non-Competitive - Connecticut will provide a statewide HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) webinar, followed by four regional workshops to assist schools in successfully completing their HUSSC applications. Technical assistance will be provided to schools throughout the application process, resulting in at least 50 HUSSC applications submitted prior to the end of the grant period. For more information, please contact Susan Fiore at email@example.com.
Competitive – Florida will deploy teams of wellness specialists to provide onsite training for foodservice, nutrition, and physical education in selected schools for a twelve-month period. Goals of this training include helping serve meals aligned with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, create a healthier school environment, and ultimately submit successful applications for the HealthierUS School Challenge. For more information, please contact Abbey Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Georgia will provide training and technical assistance to CACFP child care providers on the development of wellness policies in their child care centers. They will train caregivers and educate parents on the importance of nutrition and physical activity. This grant is an expansion of an earlier successful grant and will include family child care home providers in addition to child care center providers. For more information, please contact Jennifer Popaduik at email@example.com.
Competitive – Idaho will provide training and resources to support the implementation of the new meal pattern requirements for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the HealthierUS Challenge and the use of USDA Foods in school meal programs. Activities will include the development of breakfast cycle menus with standardized recipes that meet the new requirements. School districts will also have the opportunity to apply for sub-grants to assist them align their competitive foods and wellness policies with the requirements set forth in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. For more information, please contact Dianne Esplin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – The Illinois Child Care Wellness Advisory Council will assist CACFP child care centers in the implementation of wellness policies that address nutrition, active play, screen time, and food safety. The council will conduct a needs assessment and award sub-grants to multi-site CACFP sponsors to create new or enhance existing wellness programs. For more information, please contact Robin Desai at email@example.com.
Competitive – Indiana will offer wellness training for schools, support free on-site nutrition education for students, and provide food service training emphasizing Smarter Lunchroom principles and the HUSSC. Sub-grants will be offered to 30 schools that apply for the HUSSC and implement Smarter Lunchroom principles. For more information, please contact Beth Foland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Iowa school and child care food service staff will receive training and assistance on implementing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge, maximizing the use of USDA Foods, and meeting the requirements for the new meal patterns. Additionally, they will receive training and technical assistance to create and maintain a healthier school/child care environment, as well as implement wellness policies to align with the requirements set forth in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2012. For more information, please contact Patti Delger at email@example.com.
Competitive – Kansas will provide training to NSLP foodservice staff on implementing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) and meeting the new meal pattern requirements while incorporating Smarter Lunchroom strategies and Farm to School initiatives. Cycle menus will be developed and tested in CACFP centers and homes to assist providers in meeting the DGAs, and CACFP personnel will attend chef-taught Culinary Champions classes. They will also work with grant partners to host a series of regional workshops designed to make school wellness policies “living documents” and to implement healthy policies related to competitive foods, nutrition education, nutrition promotion, physical education and physical activity. For more information, please contact Jill Ladd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Competitive - Kansas will establish a series of webinars to train schools in meeting HUSSC requirements. Recipes will be developed that incorporate fat-free or low-fat dairy products and increase whole grain offerings to help meet HUSSC menu requirements. The state agency will then hold a series of interactive workshops for HUSSC applicants to assist them in modifying menus and address other HUSSC application requirements. State agency staff will also be available to provide one-on-one technical assistance to schools during the application review and submission process. A minimum of 50 HUSSC applications will be submitted prior to the end of the grant period. For more information, please contact Emily Brinkman at email@example.com.
Competitive – Maryland will provide training and resources to improve the nutrition environment in child care centers participating in CACFP by increasing the variety and acceptance of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products for young children. This will be achieved through a training course for child care providers, followed up with technical assistance for providers as they implement activities to support a healthier child care nutrition environment. In addition, monthly nutrition education lessons will be provided to three to five-year olds in targeted child care centers. For more information, please contact Megan Lopes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Competitive - Maryland will training, technical assistance, and resources to three school districts to assist them in applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge. Training topics will include menu development/modification, evaluating a la carte offerings, working with administrators on local wellness policy requirements, and implementing nutrition and physical education requirements. Districts will receive sub-grants to assist them in implementing the information garnered from trainings to successfully achieve the HUSSC awards. A minimum of 37 schools are expected to apply for the HUSSC award before the end of the grant period. For more information, please contact Carol Fettweis at email@example.com.
Competitive – Michigan will implement a statewide training program assisting foodservice professionals and schools in meeting the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) State Superintendent’s School Breakfast Challenge. This challenge asks all buildings to increase school breakfast participation to at least 60% of lunch participation by June of 2015. Activities to reach this goal will include enhancing existing national breakfast promotion resources by adding a Behavioral Economics component, and leveraging resources from existing partners to conduct regional and statewide breakfast trainings targeting building level decision-makers and school foodservice professionals. For more information, please contact Nick Drzal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Competitive - Michigan will recruit a minimum of 50 schools to submit HUSSC applications. They will achieve this goal through the provision of HUSSC 101 trainings, Breakfast Showcases, and “Getting It Done” workshops. For more information, please contact Diane Golzynski at email@example.com.
Competitive – Minnesota will launch the YES! MN (Youth Eating Smarter in Minnesota) campaign to improve the nutritional habits and intake of Minnesota youth participating in the NSLP and CACFP. A state Child Nutrition Program training network will deliver training to schools and CACFP sponsors and providers to assist them in meeting the recommendations in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Smarter Lunchroom and Behavioral Economics trainings will also be conducted with both NSLP sponsors and CACFP center directors or family child care home sponsors. For more information, please contact Sheila Oehrlein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Missouri will conduct three projects to provide training for child care providers and promote environmental changes to support nutrition and physical activity in child care facilities. Activities will include workshops on nutrition and physical activity for child care providers, culinary training for family child care home providers, and the implementation of the I Am Moving, I Am Learning program. For more information, please contact Barbara Keen at email@example.com.
Competitive – Montana will help school food service staff meet the new meal pattern requirements for school meals, meet the criteria for the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) award, and strengthen marketing efforts using concepts of Behavioral Economics to increase student choices of nutrient-rich foods and beverages. Activities to achieve these goals include offering culinary workshops, including the use of USDA Foods, for school food service staff; developing a Chefs in Montana Schools network to support school food service staff in enhancing their culinary skills; maintaining a School Wellness Coach Network to help schools achieve a HUSSC award; and implementing a pilot project in schools using Behavioral Economics strategies to enhance school meal marketing efforts and ensure that students select fruits and vegetables with meals. Many of these activities will be supported by sub-grants to the schools. For more information, please contact Katie Bark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Competitive – Nebraska will prepare at least 50 schools to successfully apply for the HUSSC and to create sustainable policy and environmental changes in the areas of nutrition and physical activity through a Coordinated School Health (CSH) approach. The state agency will provide technical assistance for foodservice directors, managers and staff, focusing on how to plan, prepare and serve nutritious meals consistent with the revised HUSSC criteria, 2010 DGAs and USDA’s proposed new school meal pattern. A minimum of 12 schools/districts will participate in a year-long series of CSH Institute trainings focusing on creating a CSH framework to enhance and revise their school wellness policy to ensure sustainable policy and environmental change in the areas of nutrition, nutrition education, and physical activity. For more information, please contact Zainab Rida at email@example.com.
Competitive – New York will continue the Eat Well Play Hard with Day Care Homes project to improve the health and nutrition practices of children in group and family child care homes through a yearlong childhood wellness and obesity prevention project. Providers will learn to plan and prepare meals and snacks that comply with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPlate and the anticipated revision of the USDA CACFP Meal Pattern; conduct nutrition education and physical activities with children in their care; cultivate a child care environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity; and communicate positive messages about nutrition and physical activity to parents and families of the children in care. For more information, please contact Sandra Rhoades at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – North Dakota will provide training to both NSLP and CACFP staff on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to assist them in implementing the new meal pattern requirements for NSLP and upcoming meal pattern requirements for CACFP. Elementary health and PE teachers will take online nutrition education courses to promote Team Nutrition concepts. Sub-grants will be offered to CACFP sponsors to improve the nutrition environment, assist in planning healthier meals and snacks, and incorporate physical movement into daily activities. NSLP sponsors will receive sub-grants to improve the school nutrition environment, take the HealthierUS School Challenge, and implement and evaluate local wellness policies. For more information, please contact Linda Schloer at email@example.com.
Competitive – Pennsylvania will facilitate incorporation of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA Foods in schools meals, increase participation in USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge, and assist schools in creating and maintaining healthier environments. This will be accomplished via the development and delivery of three online training modules, followed by a series of webinars to provide technical assistance to food service personnel during the grant period. Up to 40 schools will receive sub-grants to facilitate the implementation of the new meal patterns, competitive food standards, and local wellness policy requirements. For more information, please contact Vonda Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Competitive – West Virginia will provide training and technical assistance to four school districts on the HUSSC application process. The state agency has worked with school districts to identify barriers to successful HUSSC applications and will target those barriers directly. These activities will result in at least 50 HealthierUS School Challenge applications by the end of the grant period. For more information, please contact Janet Yost at email@example.com.
Competitive – Wisconsin will provide training and resources to school food service staff on the implementation of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans through the utilization of behavioral economics; provide training on wellness policies and the creation of healthy school environments to administrators, teachers, and parents; and technical assistance to schools completing HUSSC applications. For more information, please contact Alicia Dill at firstname.lastname@example.org.