2002 Team Nutrition Training Grants
"Changing the Alaskan Scene" is the title of Alaska's 2002 Team Nutrition Training Grant activity. Their goal is to create school nutrition policies in eight Alaskan communities that participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The school nutrition policies must create healthy environments for the children whom they service. USDA's Changing the Scene: A Guide to Local Action and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000 will serve as dual blueprints for creating these school nutrition policies. Schools, non-profit organizations and native health corporations within these selected communities will be eligible for the sub-grants. The expected outcome is that students, parents, and school staff within the eight communities will learn the importance of healthy eating behaviors that transfer from school to the home and the community.
The California Department of Education, Nutrition Service Division plans to implement 3 projects designed to improve the nutrition environment for California's children. The proposed projects are: PROJECT 1 - Support the existing SHAPE (Shape Health as Partners in Education California regional infrastructure and outreach/training efforts for establishing nutrient standards and enforcing Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value regulations, PROJECT 2 - Instruct a cadre of food safety trainers and certify/re-certify school and child care personnel in food safety, PROJECT 3 - Train Child and Adult Care Food Program food service personnel in menu development, food purchasing, meal preparation, and mealtime management.
The overall goal of Connecticut's 2002 TN Training Grant is to improve the ability of child care programs to positively impact children's healthy eating and physical activity habits through a statewide Healthy Nutrition Environment (HNE) Initiative for Child Care. The TN Training Grant will focus on four components: 1) Two statewide HNE conferences to educate and motivate early childhood leaders to develop and implement a local plan of action to promote healthy eating and physical activity, 2) Regional workshops and HNE presentations/exhibits at annual conference of allied early childhood associations, focusing on motivating child care leaders to implement the HNE Initiative at the local level, 3) Development of web-based distance education modules and resources to promote healthy eating and physical activity in child care facilities and homes, and 4) Providing ongoing technical assistance to support child care programs in local HNE implementation efforts. The proposal includes many partnerships for statewide collaboration and coordination of training efforts in meeting these outcomes.
The Idaho State Department of Education, Child Nutrition Division will be implementing several projects that focus on promoting healthier nutrition environments for Idaho children. The projects will focus on: 1) developing and implementing nutrition and physical activity policies in school districts through the provision of Healthy School Nutrition Environment (HSNE) mini-grants; 2) conducting statewide training in CACFP to empower providers to educate parents on their role in supporting a healthy nutrition environment in the home; 3) conducting statewide training for teachers on promoting the HSNE; 4) conducting statewide promotions using USDA's Power Panther; and 5) conduct statewide training with school food authorities to learn sound business practices to ensure the continued available of healthy cost effective meals. Changing the Scene action kits will be promoted at annual Superintendent and School Board meetings to encourage their support of HSNE.
The focus of the 2002 Illinois TNT Grant is on curtailing the increasing prevalence of excess weight and obesity in children. The grant will include three projects to increase the awareness of this health problem by educating children and their families and improving the school nutrition environment. It will also engage three key groups in obesity prevention: families, schools, and the media. The three projects are: 1) Food, Fun, and Fitness Expo - promote the importance of lifelong healthy eating and physical activity to approximately 8,000 Illinois children and their families, 2) Survey of Food Available in Illinois Schools – assess types of food available to junior/high school students and share results with school board presidents, superintendents, communities, and Illinois health agencies, 3) Changing the Scene Training for School Nurses – eight regional trainings for school nurses on children's health trends, importance of healthy eating and physical activity, and the nurse's role in improving the school's nutrition environment.
The goal of the Iowa Team Nutrition Training Grant is to increase participation - qualitatively and quantitatively - by assisting Iowa schools and communities to use the four USDA Team Nutrition messages. The existing Team Nutrition core team and a state level coalition will be used to develop and provide school/community support and training. The core team includes Iowa Department of Education, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa State University faculty and Iowa Public Television. The state model is aligned with USDA Team Nutrition programs and partners. Alignment at the local level will be facilitated by the state level coalition including 5 A Day, the Midwest Dairy Association of Iowa, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa School Food Service Association, Iowa Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Iowa School Nurses Association, Iowa Dietetic Association, local communities and others. Annual regional training will focus on Changing the Scene, conducting community events and programs, media coverage and media education, and food service events and training for the healthy meals initiatives. The project has three objectives: establishing the state mechanism (e.g., core team and coalition), conducting four or more regional workshop sessions yearly, and increasing the number/activity of TN schools.
The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) plans to develop a state-level infrastructure that supports local-level efforts to implement Team Nutrition (TN) and achieve a healthy school environment. KSDE will focus their efforts on motivating local school personnel to take action by providing them with exciting information, accessible training and resources, on-site technical assistance and personal support from their community and KSDE. The four objectives to begin "changing the scene" in Kansas schools are: 1) disseminate to school personnel and parents – four Kansas TN newsletters, ten TN "menu-backs", and monthly e-mail messages during the school year; 2) revitalize the participation of current Kansas TN schools and recruit 100 additional TN schools; 3) employ 4 part-time regional TN leaders to build and assist 16 community TN coalitions, conduct 4 annual regional workshops, and provide technical assistance with TN activities; and 4) develop a Power Panther web-site using the six TN communication channels and purchase nutrition education and health videos for the resource library.
Through a 2002 TN Training Grant, the Division of Nutrition Assistance within the Louisiana Department of Education will focus activities on improving the physical activity and eating habits of Louisiana youth and preventing/managing obesity. Nutrition education and training will be provided to school personnel to reach students and low-literate parents. Grant activities will include the expansion and update of the Nutrition Across the Curriculum: Lesson Plans for Grades K - 12 to include new health benchmarks and standards. At least one new lesson per grade will be added. Training will include traditional workshops, compressed video conferencing, a graduate course and online professional development. Also included is a component to help low-literate parents better understand nutrition. Public service announcements and school posters will be used to reach targeted groups.
The Maine Department of Education (DOE), in partnership with the Maine Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health (BOH) and the Maine Nutrition Network (MNN), will implement training initiatives to support healthful eating and physical activity habits for children and the creation of school environments aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000. The grant will be used to: 1) Provide expanded training and technical assistance for Child Nutrition foodservice professionals that helps them to serve meals that look and taste good and are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000, 2) Enroll 80 elementary teachers in MNN's Maine-ly Nutrition Project, and 3) Develop a guide for dissemination statewide and nationally that demonstrates Maine's approach to creating school environments that support healthy food and physical activity choices.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Nutrition and Transportation Services Branch (JATSB) will collaborate with the MSDE Division of Student and School Services and the MSDE Division of Instruction to provide training on the Healthy School Nutrition Environment (HSNE) Initiative to school administrators, school health educators, and school nurses. The grant activities will include using the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Coordinated School Health Programs (CSHP) model to focus training efforts. A CSHP team with representatives from the eight component areas of CSHP, from each local school system, will also receive training on the HSNE Initiative. Another major focus will be the development of a Maryland Tool Kit. The Tool Kit will contain lessons and resources on nutrition and physical activity primarily for the middle and high school age students.
The Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) cooperatively administer the Michigan Team Nutrition Program. The TN Training grant activities are based on four state priority areas. They will offer School Leaders support to help them assess, plan and implement strategies that result in schools that are healthier places for students and staff to learn and work. The priorities are: 1) Improve the nutrition environment in Michigan schools by providing support to ten schools who are committed to school health improvement; 2) Integrate nutrition education with reading by offering training, support, and materials to schools and to provide teachers with the Michigan Team Nutrition Book List for them to select books with accurate and positive nutrition messages; 3) Use multiple approaches to achieve the first 2 priorities by the TEAMTALK newsletter, training/presentations at regional and state meetings for SFS staff, teachers, administrators and MSUE county staff, and the Michigan TN web site; 4) Partnering with MSUE TN County Contacts and TN School leaders, Michigan Team Nutrition Steering Committee, and the Michigan Reading Is Fundamental Program.
The Mississippi Department of Education will focus on educating students to make healthy food choices for a lifetime. The Team Nutrition strategy, providing multifaceted, integrated nutrition education for children and their parents, will be implemented. This education will build skills and motivation for children to make healthy food and physical activity choices as part of a healthy food and physical choices as part of a healthy lifestyle. Funds from the grant will be used in the following activities: 1) revise the Comprehensive Healthy Curriculum to incorporate nutrition education messages about establishing healthy food choices for a lifetime; 2) develop, print, and distribute nutrition education materials that are integrated into the Comprehensive Healthy Curriculum as well as the entire school curriculum; 3) provide training for district curriculum directors and teachers to train district staff in use of the materials.
The 2002 Team Nutrition Training Grant will address the six components of a Healthy School Nutrition Environment through the following: 1) Foster commitment from school staff and community members by providing additional statewide training on successful strategies in promoting good health and academic success at school. 2) Use the School Food Service (SFS) Peer Network and the Native American Healthy School Nutrition Environment Initiative to strengthen the State Agency's training infrastructure to provide quality school meals. 3) Market healthful food options at school through training and technical assistance through the SFS Peer Network and SFS Mini-Grant Program, and collaborations with student organizations and partners such as Montana Behavioral Initiative and Career, Technical and Adult Educators. 4) Promote recess before lunch in elementary schools and partner with student organizations to provide pleasant eating experiences in the cafeteria. 5) Train educations, coaches and community members to help students make healthy food choices to prevent eating disorders using a middle school curriculum (to be developed) and Fueling the Active Teen Machine packets. 6) Use training, student surveys or focus groups, school policy implementation, and partnerships with SFS personnel, student organizations, media and community support to promote and market school meals and healthful food/beverages throughout the school environment.
The Nevada Department of Education's Office of School Health, Safety, and nutrition will focus on improving children's nutrition and enabling child nutrition programs to be financially viable. Workshops and min-grants will be the primary activities. At least nine mini-grants will be awarded in three areas: Healthy School Nutrition Environment, Farm to School, and Marketing. The following activities will be completed: 1) Convene a Statewide Nutrition Advisory Committee to develop a nutrition integrity policy model; 2) Use USDA materials to train on the Healthy School Nutrition Environment; 3) Provide financial management training to local school districts/child care centers; 4) Provide mini-grants to school districts/child care centers to expand/develop/implement nutrition and physical activity policies based on USDA's Changing the Scene kit.
North Carolina's project, A Menu of Options for creating Healthful School Nutrition Environments in North Carolina, will be the result of the partnerships between the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health, Department of Public Instruction, North Caroline Cooperative Extension Service, and local partners. The North Carolina NET and the School Nutrition Action Committee will coordinate the project's activities. The three projects are: 1) MODULES: Six modules that are related to school nutrition environments. three of the modules, Soft Drinks and School-Age Children, Portion Sizes and School-Age Children, and 5 a Day and School-Age Children will focus on trends, effects and solutions. The other three modules are Food for Thought – an integrated nutrition education curriculum for K-5, Winner's Circle – a healthy dining options program, and Walk to School; 2) TRAINING: Training for 50 local teams of school and community partners will concentrate the socio-ecological model of change and use of the modules to improve school nutrition environments; 3) DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS: Ten demonstration projects will be selected to use the modules to implement change in school nutrition environments.
The 2002 Team Nutrition grant project will focus on several key areas that have been identified as priorities in the state of North Dakota. The major emphasis of the grant will be on the USDA Healthy School Nutrition Environment (HSNE) Initiative. The Child Nutrition and Food Distribution office will plan and conduct a statewide HSNE summit. The summit will bring together school administrators, school board members, and nutrition professionals to obtain information on the HSNE and to begin the development of locally developed projects targeted to specific needs related to the HSNE Initiative. Other components of the grant project are to enhance nutrition education and school personnel training, initiate the development and adoption of nutrition standards for ala carte offerings, and continue efforts to inform child care providers and parents about important child nutrition issues.
Oregon's 2002 TN Training Grant will focus on improving the child care nutrition environment through a project entitled: Mission Nutrition: Changing the Child Care Scene. This project has 3 principal goals: 1) increase the amount of vegetables, fruits and whole grain items served to, and consumed by young children in child care. 2) Strengthen CACFP sponsors' capacity to offer nutrition education activities to young children. 3) Consistently have CACFP sponsors meet Federal menu planning requirements. They will meet these goals through education, technical assistance, and practical application. The strategies are: 1) Provide Train-the-Trainer workshops for Oregon's 14 CACFP Family Day Care Home Sponsors. 2) Provide on-site technical assistance visits for 40 CACFP Child Care Centers. 3) Implement a comprehensive project communication plan to support the grant goals and give supportive goal messages to the child care communities.
The overriding 2002 TNT Grant Goal for Rhode Island (RI) is to develop, adopt, and implement healthy school nutrition environment and physical activity environment (HSE) policies. The following activities will be used to ensure the successful development of HSE policies: 1) Assess the current RI situation. 2) Develop a localized RI Policy Development tool to complement Changing the Scene. 3) Recruit/initiate the work of the HSE Policy Development Teams. 4) Recruit/train HSE Team facilitators. 5) Continuously monitor the HSE Teams' work. 6) Support the HSE Policy development to ensure success. To ensure the adoption of HSE policies, the activities will include: 1) Plan, develop, and deliver a RI Healthy Schools Summit. 2) Develop/conduct a workshop for district administrators and staff at school district department sites. 4) Use multiple media channels to publicize the HSE policies. 5) Conduct customized TN workshops for school and childcare community members. As part of the implementation of HSE policies, the sale of competitive foods will be targeted. This will be accomplished by conducting a pilot project, Healthy Vending/Snack Sales Project, in two schools and sharing the outcomes statewide.
The South Carolina Department of Education, Office of School Food Services and Nutrition, has two major objectives for the TNT Grant. The first objective is to re-write/adapt Using the Dietary Guidelines to Build Healthy Habits curriculum for the CACFP employees in South Carolina. Using the Dietary Guidelines to Build Healthy Habits is a curriculum of 18 lessons (15 hours) written for school food assistants in a train-the-trainer format. State CACFP personnel reviewed the curriculum and felt it would be an excellent resource if it were re-written and adapted for childcare personnel. The second objective consists of providing a college level course (3 hours) for teachers, child nutrition personnel, school administrators, and community members. The aim of the course is to build collaboration skills and direct collaborative action toward improving the school nutrition environment. A major portion of instruction will be through satellite video. The proposed class format is 20 hours of video and live interactive instructional television and/or on site sessions for the remainder of the course. The class will be offered four times during one year with a total participation goal of 200 students.
The Utah State Office of Education, Child Nutrition Programs will use the TNT Grant to focus on providing leadership to the Utah schools in promoting the improvement of health and nutrition environment. They will establish School Healthy Advisory Councils (SHACs) in selected model secondary schools and provide guidance/support to effect changes. Mini-grants will be made available for goal implementation and to entice participation. The main goal of the SHACs will be to spark initiatives that will stimulate continuing improvement in school health and nutrition environments. Model school projects will serve to educate others on the importance of a healthy school nutrition environment. To accomplish this, materials and guidance will be produced and disseminated throughout the state to encourage proliferation of SHACs.
The 2002 Team Nutrition (TN) Training Grant project will focus on helping 10 schools/districts, 8 childcare centers and 20 family day care homes improve their nutrition environments. The approach used will build on the 2001 TN project in which 30 schools worked to improve their school nutrition environments in at least two of the components of a healthy school nutrition environment (HSNE). This will be done in two ways. First the 2002 TN project will target schools that will focus on components of a HSNE or populations (such as Native Americans) not addressed in the 2001 TN project. Second, strategies to help schools improve their school nutrition environment will be adapted for childcare centers and family day care homes.
A major outcome will be two publications: Best Practices and Models for Improving the School Nutrition Environment updated from the 2001 TN Project, and Best Practices and Models for Improving the Childcare Nutrition Environment. These publications will be disseminated to all schools and childcare sites in the state and will be shared with other states. In addition, information on the components of the HSNE Initiative will be presented at statewide conferences, published in professional journals, showcased on the WDPI web site, etc.