2014 Team Nutrition Training Grants
Competitive – Colorado will develop and distribute a needs and interest survey to all 187 Colorado School Food Authorities (SFAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs). The results of the survey will be used to target 50 SFAs/LEAs to participate in one of eight regional wellness policy trainings. During the training sessions, attendees will be asked to revise their local wellness policies to incorporate Smart Snacks in Schools. Additionally, 25 of the 50 invited SFAs/LEAs will be targeted to complete HUSSC applications and 25 will be selected to implement Smarter Lunchrooms strategies. For more information, please contact Heather Hauswirth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Florida will increase the number of HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) applications from Florida schools that qualify for the award by focusing on specific counties in order to build a strong foundation for future projects. Additionally, they will continue efforts to transform schools statewide into model HUSSC schools by building partnerships and contracting with regional and community hospitals, nonprofit youth organizations, and sports leagues. Selected school districts will have Wellness Team Liaisons to coordinate all on-site activities to meet the objectives of the grant. Rural locations will be targeted, addressing areas with limited staff and resources. For more information, please contact Jamie Burch at Jamie.Burch@freshfromflorida.com.
Non-Competitive – Hawaii will provide training and technical assistance all school food service professionals on behavioral economics and introducing Smarter Lunchroom strategies into their cafeterias. The State agency will recruit and select a minimum of 20 schools to develop Smarter Lunchrooms using environmental cues. For more information, please contact Jennifer Dang at email@example.com.
Competitive – Idaho will expand their online training courses and create in-person courses for all food service personnel supporting the needs of the National School Lunch and Child and Adult Care Food Programs. Training will coincide with all updated menu regulations and policy memos, as outlined in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Additionally, they will provide student nutrition education and wellness initiatives to educate various audiences on health and wellness aspects of the USDA Child Nutrition Programs. Idaho will also offer technical assistance to develop new recipes compliant with all menu regulations, develop CACFP materials for menu planning, provide support for school gardens, and provide school wellness support through the HealthierUS School Challenge and Smarter Lunchrooms Assessments. For more information, please contact Dianne Esplin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Indiana will partner with The Produce Mom (TPM) and Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teachers to promote nutrition education and physical activity to Indiana students, as well as implement and review wellness policies to align with the requirements set forth in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Specifically, they will partner with TPM to focus on marketing messages through nutrition education school shows, and evaluate the effectiveness of the programming on students’ food choices in the cafeteria. Additionally, with the assistance of FACS teachers and foodservice professionals, 24 schools will be selected to feature and promote student-led activities, connecting classroom nutrition instruction with meals in the cafeteria. They will also conduct regional wellness summits to provide technical assistance to schools in developing and modifying their wellness policies to align with current regulations. For more information, please contact Beth Foland at email@example.com.
Competitive – Iowa will provide training and assistance to school and child care food service staff on implementing the requirements of the National School Lunch Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge Award. Additionally, they will develop Smarter Lunchrooms through the use of behavioral economics in collaboration with students, using environmental cues to increase student choice of healthy food items. Technical assistance will also be provided to schools and child care organizations in order to maintain healthier school or child care environments, and to ensure that wellness policies align with requirements set forth in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. For more information, please contact Carrie Scheidel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Kansas will enhance and expand training for NSLP and CACFP foodservice staff on applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge and implementing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and meeting the requirements for the new meal patterns for school meals as mandated by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. They will also provide technical assistance to schools and child care providers to create and maintain healthier environments by developing nutrition education lessons for students, utilizing and disseminating Team Nutrition classroom resources, hosting wellness workshops, providing assistance for various food and fitness events for families, and disseminating Power Panther Professionals. For more information, please contact Jill Ladd at email@example.com.
Non-Competitive - Kansas will assist at least 50 schools to implement Smarter Lunchroom strategies in their cafeterias. Cafeteria and school staff members will receive training to dialog with students in a way that nudges them toward healthier meal options. Registered dietitians will provide one-on-one technical assistance to schools implementing Smarter Lunchroom makeovers. For more information, please contact Emily Brinkman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Maryland will enhance wellness policy implementation and monitoring in schools by providing training, technical assistance, and resources to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). Training will be designed for Wellness Champions to implement local wellness policy goals and activities in schools and to enhance the healthy eating and physical activity environment for students. Additionally, sub-grants will be given to five LEAs to identify and train school-level Wellness Champions, who will increase school-level wellness activities that align with the goals and regulations in the LWP and requirements for the HealthierUS School Challenge. Sub-grants will also support implementation of Smarter Lunchroom techniques in schools. For more information, please contact Megan Lopes at email@example.com.
Non-Competitive – Massachusetts will work with 50 schools, providing training and technical assistance to implement Smarter Lunchroom strategies in their cafeterias. The State agency will collaborate with Cornell University’s Center for Behavioral Economics in Nutrition to provide a Train-the-Trainer course on Smarter Lunchrooms. For more information, please contact Holly Alperin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Michigan will partner with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and other organizations to provide training and technical assistance to foodservice professionals, educators, administrators, and other members of the Coordinated School Health Teams. They will create, implement, and maintain healthy school environments and wellness policies as outlined in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, assist foodservice professionals in meeting new school meal and snack requirements, and submit successful HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) applications. They will meet these objectives through a number of actions: establishing committees to support schools in creating and sustaining healthy school environments; training up to 37 MSUE educators and other school advocates on healthy school environments; assisting at least 35 schools in implementing healthy school environments and wellness policies; conducting HUSSC 101 trainings throughout the state; and by promoting lessons learned and best practices through traditional and social media online communication tools. For more information, please contact Nick Drzal at DrzalN@michigan.gov.
Non-Competitive - Michigan will train MSUE educators to work with schools as facilitators and coaches to help schools assess and implement Smarter Lunchroom principles. They will recruit 50 schools to participate in this project and provide training and technical assistance to school foodservice professionals throughout the grant period. For more information, please contact Nick Drzal at DrzalN@michigan.gov.
Competitive – Missouri will facilitate the creation of healthier school environments through training and technical assistance to school foodservice professionals, supporting nutrition education, and building school and community support for healthy nutrition and physical activity. Missouri Team Nutrition will distribute 40 new salad bars to schools, and sponsor “Rainbow Day” salad bar events in elementary schools, encouraging students to choose a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. A similar program titled “Fresh Ideas” will be offered for middle and high schools with salad bars, providing appropriate education messages for older students. Schools will also establish or maintain a school health advisory council and complete an assessment of their health and wellness programs and policies. Once assessments are complete, schools will develop plans for improvement. Parent engagement will also be encouraged in completing the assessments of the health and wellness programs. For more information, please contact Alma Hopkins at email@example.com.
Competitive – Montana will build statewide support for nutrition education, school wellness policy implementation, and Farm-to-School programs in school and child care environments. Activities to achieve these goals include enhancing the training capacity of the regional School Wellness Coach to expand their outreach; increasing food preparation, culinary skills and training on Smarter Lunchrooms concepts of food service personnel through statewide workshops; increasing the number of schools receiving HealthierUS School Challenge awards; enhancing statewide training and increasing school district access to financial resources; empowering foodservice personnel and educators to motivate students to consume Montana-grown foods through a Montana Harvest of the Month toolkit; increasing local food procurement, garden-based nutrition education activities, and Farm-to- School initiatives through a statewide Farm-to-School conference; and strengthening the training capacity to child care center staff participating in CACFP through one-on-one consultations from wellness coaches. For more information, please contact Katie Bark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Nebraska will support and promote healthy school and childcare environments focusing on healthy eating and physical activity in schools and childcare centers. To achieve these goals, they will provide, expand and enhance training programs, resources, and technical assistance for the implementation of local school wellness policies in Nebraska schools participating in NSLP, specifically through the use of sub-grants. Additionally, they will implement a Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) program to strengthen the environments and policies of childcare centers by supporting and educating childcare staff enrolled in CACFP. They will also expand and enhance training programs to promote and increase participation in the School Breakfast Program. Furthermore, they will develop a statewide infrastructure to promote healthy schools and childcare facilities that utilize the Team Nutrition curriculum. For additional information, please contact Zainab Rida at Zainab.email@example.com.
Non-Competitive - Nebraska will recruit 50 schools to implement Smarter Lunchroom strategies in their cafeterias. The schools will receive sub-grants to make slight and sustainable changes in the cafeteria in order to nudge students toward healthier choices. For additional information, please contact Zainab Rida at Zainab.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – North Dakota will provide training to school foodservice personnel on the Smarter Lunchroom Movement to effectively encourage children to try healthy foods and create a fun and inviting eating environment. They will also provide training for child nutrition foodservice staff on implementing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge, using USDA Foods to prepare healthy meals, and meeting the requirements for school meal patterns mandated by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Additionally, they will provide culinary training to CACFP and school foodservice personnel to assist them in preparing meals that meet the new meal pattern requirements. Furthermore, they will promote participation in the School Breakfast Program through a Nutrition Summit for school faculty, school foodservice and school wellness committee members. They will also provide sub-grants to CACFP and FCCH participants to encourage nutrition education, utilizing the Team Nutrition resource Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. For more information, please contact Linda Schloer at email@example.com.
Competitive – Ohio will provide training to an instructor network of 20 public health educators with the Ohio Department of Health on activities that support a healthy school nutrition environment. Training topics will include local wellness policy compliance, Smarter Lunchroom strategies, integration of nutrition education to help schools meet requirements of the new meal patterns, and incorporation of school wide events that promote healthy foods and activity. Each of the trainers will provide on-site training to two schools on these topics and assist schools in using Team Nutrition sub-grants to promote healthy food and physical activity in their schools. Additionally, Ohio will provide 35 regional trainings to child care center staff on nutritious meals and physical activity in child care centers. Trainings will help child care staff in creating and maintaining healthier child care environments through wellness policy development, preparing nutritious meals that align with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, providing a nutrition education curriculum, promoting nutrition with family members, and providing opportunity for active play. Ohio will also develop a Healthier Ohio Child Care Challenge based on the ‘Activities’ section of the TN resource Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. For more information, please contact Susan Patton at Susan.Patton@education.ohio.gov.
Non-Competitive - Ohio will target 50 schools to use the Smarter Lunchrooms Self-Assessment Scorecard to identify focus areas within each school that need improvement. A series of webinars will be used to train school foodservice directors and cafeteria managers, followed with sub-grants for each school to train staff or provide resources to enhance Smarter Lunchroom activities in the schools. For more information, please contact Susan Patton at Susan.Patton@education.ohio.gov.
Competitive – South Carolina will train 750 child care center administrators, food service staff, and classroom providers on implementing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to improve the child care environment and health of children. Additionally, they will provide training and technical assistance to 300 child care center directors and staff on the development and implementation of wellness policies to support and maintain healthier child care environments. For more information, please contact Leigh Bolick at Leigh.Bolick@dss.sc.gov.
Competitive – South Carolina will provide training and technical assistance to school food service professionals by focusing training efforts on creating Smarter Lunchroom environments that foster healthy food choices and by providing training mechanisms for promoting healthy food choices and addressing challenges with solutions for implementing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Additionally, they will provide fun and interactive nutrition education with a focus on MyPlate, farm-to-table best practices, and making healthier food choices overall. For more information, please contact Suzanne Stluka at Suzanne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Washington will create Smarter Lunchrooms in 20-25 schools to increase student selection of whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Each Smarter Lunchroom school will have a team dedicated to promoting, marketing, and educating students on Smarter Lunchroom nutrition concepts, as well as assisting schools in completing applications for the HealthierUS School Challenge. The Smarter Lunchroom teams will also create Smarter Lunchroom toolkits to be promoted to all Washington schools. The State agency will also provide resources to all Child Nutrition Local Education Agencies and sponsors on implementing behavioral economics to increase children’s choices of healthy foods. For more information, please contact Leanne Eko at Leanne.email@example.com.
Competitive – West Virginia will begin coordination between Regional Wellness Specialists and 55 local wellness councils and will assist with the development of local wellness policies. They will also evaluate compliance with existing local wellness policies and provide training and technical assistance to ensure compliance, transparency, and implementation of local wellness policies to the public. For more information, please contact Keri Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Competitive – West Virginia will train Regional Wellness Specialists (RWS) on Smarter Lunchrooms. The RWS with then work directly with 50 schools to create healthier environments and implement Smarter Lunchroom strategies in their schools. For more information, please contact Keri Kennedy at email@example.com.
Competitive – Wisconsin will provide training and resources for school foodservice staff on implementing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by utilizing Smarter Lunchrooms. Additionally, they will provide skills-based culinary training for foodservice staff on creating menus that meet the meal pattern requirements by increasing the variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains offered to students. They will also offer resources to school staff to assist in meeting the new local wellness policy requirements and opportunities for students to create healthier foods at school. Training and technical assistance to School Food Authorities will also be provided to create healthier school environments, through the promotion of the HealthierUS School Challenge. For more information, please contact Kelly Williams at Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org.