2003 Team Nutrition Training Grants
The goal of Team Nutrition is to guide and assist schools to create and maintain a coordinated, comprehensive school health program that integrates school child nutrition programs with classroom, the community and the entire school environment. This team nutrition grant will implement the model of Changing the Scene at the State level by forming a state level coalition of key decision makers. The state coalition will develop a "model" nutrition policy, with guidance and recommendations to implement the nutrition policy statewide. Eight pilot schools will receive mini-grants to implement a "model" nutrition policy that incorporates the six components of a healthy school environment as recommended in Changing the Scene. Evaluations will be conducted to determine the nutritional and fiscal impact of implementing a "model" nutrition policy to create a healthy school environment.
California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division plans to solicit, from both school districts and child care agencies, a collection of replicable models of nutrition and physical activity best practices which demonstrate effective strategies for fostering healthy lifestyle behaviors. The Nutrition Services Division proposes to consolidate these tested best practices into two tool kits, one for schools and one for childcare agencies. The resources will be marketed statewide. Grant funding will also be used to strengthen collaboration with other state agencies administering the USDA's food assistance programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and WIC, and to actively participate with agencies represented in the CA Action for Healthy Kids initiative.
Colorado's Team Nutrition Grant will provide 25 mini grants to school districts to create a coordinated school health and nutrition services for preK-12. These mini grants will provide educators, parents, students, and foodservice personnel with resources and training needed to plan and implement school nutrition policies, programs and awareness campaigns that support healthy eating and physical activity behaviors in the school and community setting. Partnerships between the CO Departments of Public Health and Environment, and Education; Western Dairy Council; CO Physical Activity and Nutrition State Coalitions and AFHK School Site task force and the CO Child Nutrition Program will enhance the implementation of a Coordinated School Health Program in Team Nutrition schools. Grant activities will also include expanding the Food Friends: Making New Food Fun for Kids program statewide to reach children who participate in the CACFP in both childcare centers and family day care homes. Food Friends is a 12-week preschool age curriculum developed by the CO Nutrition Network partners.
CT's Team Nutrition Training Grant focuses on improving schools' ability to positively impact children's healthy eating and physical activity habits through a statewide Healthy School Nutrition Environment initiative. There are four components in the grant project: (1) a collaborative state position paper which presents a unified state agency and organization approach to strategies for obesity prevention in CT's schools, and provides practical guidelines and policy recommendations to school districts for promoting healthy weight for all students; (2) a promoting healthy weight in schools summit, which will build statewide awareness of and support for developing and implementing obesity prevention strategies in schools, motivate and empower school leaders to take action, and provide the training and resources needed for successful implementation in local school districts; (3) mini-grants for local school districts to develop, adopt and implement school policies that promote healthy eating and physical activity; and (4) a healthy vending and snack sales pilot project that serves as a state model for providing healthy food choices without negatively impacting profitability, coupled with the development of a healthy vending and snack sales action guide.
The Illinois State Board of Education will contract with the Northwestern Illinois Association to develop and oversee two projects to promote healthy eating and active lifestyle. Project I is the Summer Food Service Project. The SFSP will serve as a venue for engaging low-income children ages 6 to 12 in fun, interactive activities that promote Team Nutrition messages. through partnership with the Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion, training and resources will be provided to 415 SFSP monitors and volunteers to empower them to deliver meaningful nutrition education activities to an estimated 8,000 children served at selected Chicago Housing Authority during the summer months. Project II is the Teens Mentoring Kids Project. This project will involve the IL Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization in a cross-age nutrition education program of teens promoting healthy eating and physical activity to younger children. Training and resources will be provided to IL FCCLA peer educators and student advisers to enable IL FCCLA chapters to plan and implement Body Walk program – an engaging, experiential tour of the human body for students in grades 1-5.
Iowa Team Nutrition will focus on (1) Establishing a state level model and mechanism for long term Team Nutrition support by reaffirming the membership of the IA TN core team; strengthening the TN partners; preparing an electronic newsletter and updating TN web site; posting TN resources via IA Public TV; and integrating TN criteria into the regular DOE CRE review process. (2) Recognizing TN programs and TN schools by encouraging schools to sign up as TN schools and fostering media support of state level TN initiatives. (3) Fostering increased utilization of TN resources by offering training and workshops to school and child care staff, offering a variety of distance learning events and offering mini grants to support the utilization of the TN resources.
With the funding of the 2003 TN grant, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) will develop and implement a Power Panther Pals TN program that will actively involve up to 10,000 students in grades 4 through 6 during school years 2003 – 2005. The program will increase students' consumption of fruits and vegetables and encourage them to increase their physical activity. KSDE will partner with the KS Department of Health and Environment to increase awareness of the importance of consuming five or more fruits and vegetables daily by providing school personnel with quality information through an electronic 5 A Day campaign to be conducted during school year 2004-5. KSDE will also develop and teach a 7-hour fruit and vegetable class for school foodservice personnel on preparation techniques, product presentation and promotion. KSDE will develop and disseminate to school food service personnel (a) ten proven best practices for fruit and vegetable preparation, presentation and promotion that result in increased student consumption and (b) ten nutrition education activities that school food service personnel can readily implement in school cafeterias and classrooms to encourage increased fruit and vegetable consumption.
LA Division of Nutrition Assistance (DNA), through the 2003 TN grant, will expand and enhance activities initiated by the LA State Action Teams created through the Healthy Kids Summit. Grant funding will be used to provide training, including traditional workshops and compressed video conferencing. A collaborative effort with the Cooperative Extension Service through the Louisiana State University Ag Center and Southern University will expand a Take 10!/Organ Wise Guy project addressing childhood obesity. through the grant, a web page will be developed focusing on childhood and adolescent obesity in the schools. For continued involvement of the State Action Teams after the grant period, a five-year strategic plan will be developed.
With the funding of 2003 TN grant, MD State Department of Education, School and Community Nutrition Program Branch will collaborate with MD State Department of Education, Division of Instruction, Action for Healthy Kids state team, MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and American Cancer Society to (1) integrate nutrition education into K-8 state curriculum and (2) to bring key stakeholders for a two-day summit to address children's nutrition and fitness issues. The summit will motivate participants to improve children's nutrition and fitness in the school environment, gain their commitment to implement change for a healthy school environment, empower local school systems to implement state nutrition education curricula, and initiate county teams to develop action plans.
With the funding of a 2003 TN Grant, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Nutritional Health and Senior Services (SNHS) will reach approximately 1500 foodservice professionals and 680 childcare program and school administers through TN training workshops. Two newly developed training sessions, culturally sensitive menu planning and financially viable vending for healthy food choices, plus an existing training on Changing the Scene will be delivered to a statewide audience via video conference and direct training. SNHS's successful School Nutrition Education Program will be expanded to include evaluation of available curriculum to meet the nutrition education needs of Pre-K and 10th to 12th grade audiences in Missouri. The promotion of TN resources, including EAT SMART. PLAY HARD and TN curriculum will enable greater numbers of schools and childcare centers to disseminate the TN message. At least 12 mini-grants will be awarded to schools and childcare centers for implementing components of Changing the Scene. An existing electronic communication network will be expanded statewide to deliver timely TN updates to all schools and childcare centers.
Michigan's TN project proposes two goals: (1) uses USDA's Changing the Scene to encourage environmental and policy changes in 20 schools to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity of students. These schools, guided by a trained locally-based facilitator, will create a Nutrition Action Team to assess their current school nutrition environment, create a plan for change, implement changes, assess results, and encourage school policy development; (2) creates a mechanism that uses locally-based co-managers at 10 schools and/or childcare sites to address three definitions of success from component 5 (nutrition education) of USDA's Changing the Scene, i.e. students will receive interactive skill-based nutrition education; students will receive nutrition messages throughout the schools that are consistent and reinforce each other; and schools will integrate nutrition into core curriculum areas such as math, science, and language arts. lessons learned from implementation of both goals will be shared statewide through a TN workshop, TEAMTALK newsletter, and the MI TN website. The TN grant is administered by Michigan State Department of Education and implemented by Michigan State University Extension.
MT's TN Grant activities will assist the state agency in working toward a long-term goal of creating a healthier Montana through the promotion of healthy eating physical activity habits in children and their families. Grant action steps include: 1) to develop a Montana Action for Healthy Kids team to strengthen the network of statewide partners to deliver TN messages; 2) to strengthen the training infrastructure of the state agency to school and childcare personnel to educate them on successful strategies for improving nutrition environments; 3) to provide training and technical assistance to improve access to fruits and vegetables to children in school and childcare settings to increase consumption to 5 servings a day; 4) to support schools and childcare settings in making policy changes and adapting best practices to improve the nutrition environment through training, technical assistance and mini-grants; 5) to implement strong outreach efforts in childcare settings with use of TN resources to promote healthy snacks and physical activities for young children; and 6) to pilot test a book bag project to reach children in grades K-3 and their parents with fun ways to eat healthy and stay active.
With the funding of 2003 TN Training Grant, New Hampshire Department of Education will (1) offer specific professional development training workshops to NH child nutrition foodservice professionals in schools and child care; (2) offer train the trainer workshops to teachers for the USDA nutrition education curriculum; (3) launch a school community child nutrition awareness campaign and will offer local mini grants to schools.
With the funding of 2003 TN Grant, ND Department of Public Instruction will (1) ensure that TN activities are incorporated into ND's Coordinated School Health Program. Sub grants will be provided to schools to work in the areas of nutrition and physical activity as part of a coordinated school health program; (2) support schools' efforts to develop and sustain a healthy school nutrition environment. That includes ensuring that foodservice directors from the state's largest districts are trained and supported in their implementation and oversight of Changing the Scene; providing training and information to middle school team leaders on Changing the Scene; providing grants to schools; and (3) reach young children in childcare settings with appropriate nutrition and physical activity messages. Color Me Healthy (developed and funded in part by NC's Nutrition Network) and Setting the Stage (developed and funded in part by IA's TN grant) are among the curricula that will be used during the grant period.
NC's 2003 TN Training Grant will focus on providing nutrition and physical activity training for staff of childcare centers participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Grant project includes (1) identify and utilize existing TN resources such as Tickle Your Appetite and Nibbles for Health. Also the NC's Color Me Healthy program, a nutrition and physical activity curriculum for preschoolers will be used. Two additional modules will be identified and/or developed on the topics of 1% or less fat milk and 5 a Day to address the educational needs of the staff, parents, and preschool children. (2) Provide regional workshops to 160 teams. Training will encompass a discussion of the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in the long term health and well being of children, build the skills of childcare staff integrating healthy eating behaviors and physical activity each day, introduce, demonstrate, and provide modules and education materials that can be used as resources with child care center staff, children and parents. (3) Award 80 competitive mini grants to childcare centers. Mini grant funds will support the use of the modules and materials in the provision of training to childcare centers staff, children and parents and the promotion of behavior changes that lead to healthy eating and increased physical activity.
The Ohio Department of Education will use the 2003 TN Grant funding to provide "Step-Up to the Plate Mini Grants" to schools/districts. Grant recipients will carry out activities to improve the school nutrition environment through the implementation of one of two goals of OH's Action for Healthy Kids: (1) to ensure that meals offered through all school feeding programs meet federal nutrition standards (i.e. the School Breakfast Program is offered), or (2) to ensure that healthy snacks and foods are provided in vending machines, school stores and other venues within the school's control. Schools applying for the "Step-Up to the Plate Mini Grants" will make use of a school health team to promote one of the above-mentioned goals. Activities, promotions, evaluation tools and other information developed by the Step-Up to the Plate Mini Grant recipients will be assembled into the Step-Up to the Plate Toolkit.
The SD 2003 TN grant project is designed to provide SD students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities necessary to make healthful eating choices and establish active lifestyles that will benefit them for many years to come. Grant projects will (1) build school and community support by providing training to 20 new and 10 existing TN schools. These schools will complete a thorough assessment of their school nutrition environment. At least 50% of all SD TN schools will adopt and enforce comprehensive nutrition policies which will actively promote healthy eating and physical activity to students, parents, teachers and community; (2) meet the challenge of quality school meals and requirements by providing training and a mentoring program to child nutrition program staff; (3) promote nutrition curriculum and education by offering training to teachers and providing them with skills and knowledge to teach behaviorally based nutrition curriculum.
The Food and Nutrition Services of the Texas Department of Agriculture aims to utilize the 2003 TN Grant by integrating nutrition education lessons into the established academic curriculum. The overarching goal is to suppress and decrease the prevalence of obesity and its related complications, such as diabetes, in Texas children. This will be accomplished through (1) changing Texas nutrition lessons by revising and updating Education for Self-Responsibility (ESR) IV: Nutrition Education to compliment the TN Curriculum; (2) updating the ESR IV Nutrition Curriculum to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills; (3) integrating classroom and foodservice activities; (4) making child nutrition easily available to teachers on the world wide web; (5) conducting teacher training on nutrition. Once piloted, tested, and perfected, the integrated nutrition curriculum can have an even broader application to other states nationwide as well because of its web-based format.
The Virgin Islands Department of Education through the state office of Special Nutrition will use the 2003 TN Grant funds to continue and expand the Changing the Scene initiative. Mini grants will be award to schools to include the EAT SMART. PLAY HARD and to implement a "from garden to table" programs. This training grant will enable integration of nutrition curriculum and education in VI schools through a number of communication channels and thereby foster and encourage students to make healthy food and physical activity choices as a pattern in their lifestyle. The VI TN grant project will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Virgin Islands Extension Services, Agriculture Science Unit and the Vocational and Adult Education Programs.
The 2003 Wisconsin TN project will use a three-prong approach to help school-age children improve their eating and physical activity habits through improved school nutrition environments and community support. Relying on partnerships for success, this approach will include (1) promotion of School Breakfast Program; (2) education of school and community partners on improving the school nutrition environment; and (3) promotion of healthy eating and physical activity through fun, informative, student-led initiatives that incorporate nutrition education and service –learning. The expected outcomes include a 25% increase in the number of School Breakfast Programs in the state; about 25% of all Wisconsin public school districts and 11% of non-public schools will have implemented at least one component of the healthy school nutrition environment; a 20% of all schools will actively participate in the healthy eating and physical activity promotional initiatives, with 25% of students in participating schools having improved their eating and physical activity habits.
The Wyoming Department of Education's (WDE) TN Project is designed to provide schools with the resources and tools necessary to create healthy school nutrition environments by funding five demonstration projects, and providing Wyoming youth an opportunity to role –model healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors through a peer education program. Additionally, WDE intends to increase knowledge about the importance of nutrition and physical activity in improving the health and academic success of Wyoming youth through multiple forums targeting: nutrition program, families, communities, school district staff and building administrators, health and physical education teachers, school nurses, and others.