2012 Team Nutrition Training Grants
Competitive – The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development will train school and childcare foodservice staff on meal presentation, improving quality of meals, and enhancing menus, including a chef providing hands on culinary training to FS staff to increase the amount of scratch cooking. Schools will also receive HUSSC training, with a focus on outreach efforts at statewide conferences where wellness teams congregate. Sub-grants will be awarded to alternative high schools, with a focus on providing nutrition education and physical activity opportunities.
For more information, contact Jo Dawson at email@example.com
Competitive – The Arizona Department of Education will provide technical assistance to schools in the development, implementation, evaluation, assessment, and marketing of their local wellness policies (LWPs). They will also assist schools in applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge while integrating schools’ achievements with their LWPs. Grant activities will culminate in a Coordinated School Health Conference to leverage local community involvement to ensure the sustainability of their activities and programs.
For more information, contact Miranda Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will pilot a program that puts teams of wellness specialists onsite in five rural school districts, providing training on nutrition and physical activity. Additionally, 20 elementary and 20 middle schools will receive sub-grants to assist them in qualifying and applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge after participating in a series of regional workshops and webinars.
For more information, contact Katie Rainka at email@example.com.
Competitive – The Guam Department of Education will implement the Growing Up Active, Healthy, and Nutritious project, to promote and create a healthier school environment. Training will be provided to school administrators, cafeteria staff and supervisors, and teachers, in order to ensure students receive consistent messages promoting nutrition and physical activity throughout the day.
For more information, please contact Jesse Rosario at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – The Hawaii Department of Education will develop teams at the state, district, and school levels that will address three goals: increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, improve compliance with local wellness policies, and increase the number of schools qualifying for the HealthierUS School Challenge. Teams will meet regularly with stakeholders to address barriers to success and assist schools throughout the process.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Dang at email@example.com.
Non-Competitive – The Idaho State Department of Education will provide training and resources to support the implementation of the new USDA meal pattern, the HealthierUS School Challenge, and the use of USDA Foods in school meal programs. This will be accomplished through training, development of standardized recipes, collaboration with Farm to School pilot sites, and promotion of school-wide nutrition education gardening programs to increase students’ interest and understanding of healthy foods.
For more information, please contact Heidi Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Competitive –Illinois State Board of Education will collaborate with Illinois Action for Healthy Kids to assist 50 Illinois elementary or secondary schools with submitting HUSSC applications. Schools will receive sub-grants to conduct training and implement policy and practices that create healthier school environments.
For more information, please contact Joan Love at email@example.com.
Competitive – The Iowa Department of Education will work with schools and their stakeholders to provide training and technical assistance on implementing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge, and meeting the new meal pattern requirements. Activities will include piloting a Recess Before Lunch program, implementation of smarter lunchroom principles, and the development of a Four-Week Gold Star Breakfast cycle menu. In addition, schools and child care institutions will receive technical assistance to maintain a healthier school/child care environment, and implement their wellness policies to align with the new requirements set forth in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
For more information, please contact Carrie Scheidel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – The Kansas State Department of Education will expand and enhance their training programs for local education agencies administering child nutrition and wellness programs. School foodservice will receive training on implementing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge, and meeting the new meal pattern requirements. In addition, schools will participate in workshops and receive sub-grants to assist them in creating and maintaining a healthier school environment and ensure that their local wellness policies align with the requirements in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
For more information, please contact Jill Ladd at email@example.com.
Competitive – Michigan Department of Education will expand and enhance training programs that incorporate and implement the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA Foods in school meals. Smarter Lunchroom techniques will be implemented as well, to improve student selection. Additionally, up to 50 schools will receive sub-grants to submit HealthierUS School Challenge applications and implement smarter lunchroom strategies.
For more information, please contact Howard Leikert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services will partner with the School Food Services section of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create healthier school environments that are supportive of nutrition and physical activity. Training topics will include the new meal pattern requirements, the HealthierUS School Challenge, and local wellness polices. A toolkit will be developed to assist schools with evaluating the implementation of their wellness policies and reporting the results to the community.
For more information, please contact Barbara Keen at email@example.com.
Competitive – Montana’s Office of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Program, will work with state partners to expand and enhance training programs. Grant activities will include: training for child nutrition staff to serve meals that are consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and meet the new school meal pattern requirements; provide school wellness coaches to increase schools’ capability to achieve HealthierUS School Challenge awards; train school food service staff on using behavioral economics strategies to increase fruit and vegetable selection by students; strengthen support for nutrition education and Farm to School initiatives through improved classroom, cafeteria, and community connections; and improve compliance by local school districts in meeting the new requirements of the USDA school wellness policy by developing a web-based reporting system for tracking the implementation plans of Montana school wellness policies and identifying model plans.
For more information, please contact Katie Bark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture will collaborate with Rutgers Cooperative Extension to provide training for school food service professionals on the development of smarter lunchroom through the use of behavioral economics to increase students’ selection of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes. Schools will also receive training to prepare them for applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge. Additional New Jersey will expand on successes from their 2010 Team Nutrition grant and utilize their Team Nutrition Grow Healthy resources to continue to promote and support school gardens and Farm to School initiatives.
For more information, please contact Janet Hawk at email@example.com.
Competitive – The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction will build on the success of past Team Nutrition grants to provide training for child nutrition food service staff on implementing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge, meeting the new school meal pattern requirements, and provide schools or child care centers with the technical assistance needed to create and maintain a healthier school or child care environment. Schools and child care institutions may apply for sub-grants to take the knowledge and resources acquired in their trainings and implement successful programs at the site level.
For more information, please contact Linda Schloer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – The Ohio Department of Education will provide training to school foodservice staff on implementation of the new school meal pattern requirements, provide training on the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) criteria, and assist schools in the implementation of behavioral economics to create smarter school lunchroom to increase student selection of whole grain rich foods, legumes, dark green and orange vegetables.
For more information, please contact Susan Patton at email@example.com.
Non-Competitive – Utah State Office of Education will provide training on the HUSSC to over 50 schools. Schools will then receive sub-grants to determine areas of need and assist them in achieving HUSSC criteria.
For more information, please contact Charlene Allert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction will provide training to improve the nutritional quality of the meals served in CACFP centers and homes by increasing the variety of fruits and vegetables served and increasing the proportion of whole grains offered. They will supplement the training with nutrition education activities for the children with the goal of increasing acceptance of these foods when they are offered as part of a meal or snack. Training will be provided via a series of workshops offered at several locations throughout the state. For more information, please contact Adele Roberts at email@example.com.
Non-Competitive – Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction will provide web-based training to schools, followed by individual technical assistance, to assist with the HUSSC application process.
For more information, please contact Wendy Barkley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competitive – The West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition will provide training and technical assistance to child nutrition food service professionals to enable them to increase the number of school-made meals and reduce the amount of processed foods on school menus. Additionally, they will work with at least 30 county school systems to submit a HealthierUS School Challenge application for at least one elementary and one secondary school per county.
For more information, please contact Richard Goff at email@example.com.
Competitive – The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will enhance and expand current state initiatives to create healthier school environments by: providing training and resources for foodservice staff on implementing the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans by utilizing behavioral economics; providing skills-based culinary training to food service staff; providing technical assistance to schools on evaluating and implementing local school wellness policies; and promoting the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and the Healthier US School Challenge.
For more information, please contact Kelly Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.