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Opportunities to Increase Access and Participation in Colorado’s Federal Child Nutrition Programs

CDE, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s evaluation branch, has completed a statewide needs assessment providing insight into the opportunities and barriers for increasing access to federal child nutrit...

The Lunch Box Webinar Series

Through The Lunch Box, an online forum providing tools for school food change, the Chef Ann Foundation organizes a number of webinar sessions throughout the year to educate school district administrators, food service directors and their teams, pa...

School Food Institute – Plant Forward

Protein is one of the five components required by the USDA in a reimbursable meal. This component is commonly filled by an animal protein like meat, dairy or eggs. However, plant proteins – such as beans, nuts and tofu – are often a healthier and ...

School Food Institute – Ingredients for Healthier Kids

This course covers seven main areas: protein, sugars, preservatives, colors and dyes, hormones and antibiotics, processed grains, and pesticides/herbicides. We’ll look at the health effects of each of these categories and how to fully eliminate ha...

Empowering Wellness: Manitou Springs School District 14 Video

Manitou Springs School District 14 is the 2017 Healthy School Champions recipient of the Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.  Manitou Springs is implementing school health into their systems, policies, structures, and culture...

A Way of Wellness: Fraser Valley Elementary Video

Fraser Valley Elementary School in Fraser, CO, is the 2018 Healthy School Champions recipient of the Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.  Fraser Valley has embedded health as a core component of their mission, vision, policie...

Paving the Way: Putting Wellness Policy into Action

Welcome to Part II of the Local Wellness Policy Webinar Series.  The Colorado Education Initiative and the Office of School Nutrition at the Colorado Department of Education partnered to help you update and implement your Local Wellness Policy (LW...

Paving the Way: Guidance on Updating Your Local Wellness Policy

Welcome to Part I of the Local Wellness Policy Webinar Series.  The Colorado Education Initiative and the Office of School Nutrition at the Colorado Department of Education partnered to help you update and implement your Local Wellness Policy (LWP...

The Lunch Box- Lunchroom Education: Rainbow Days

Check out this webpage from The Lunch Box with lunchroom education resources. On a Rainbow Day, students are asked to use fruits and vegetables from the salad bar to create a “rainbow” of at least three colors on their tray. Once they have finishe...

Water: It’s in Your Nature Resources

Are you interested in getting students invested in the benefits of drinking water and understanding the consequences of sugary drinks? The Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) partnered with the regional Healthy Beverage Partnership, Kais...

Tip Sheet: Healthy School Snacks (Spanish)

Children need snacks to keep their busy bodies and minds going. Healthy snacking at school can help kids get important nutrients, make up for skipped meals, and provide necessary fuel for learning, sports, and other activities.

Many kids br...

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative –
Parent and Family Tools

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of resources for parents and families, including action planning tools, talking points for addressing school food, as well as assessment tools and recruitment tools.

Helping Kids Learn Better with Healthy School Meals

Kids who eat healthy school meals have fewer absences and higher academic achievement. Making school meals healthy, nutritious, and successful is both a challenge and an incredible opportunity.

In this recorded webinar, you’ll learn h...

Nutrition Environment and Services: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefit...

Nonfood Rewards in Elementary Schools Guide

This guide outlines the importance of nonfood rewards in schools and provides example communication messages for school and family buy-in, as well as suggestions for healthy alternatives to food rewards.

LiveWell@School Food Initiative –
Menu of Services

The LiveWell@School Food Initiative is pleased to offer customized trainings and workshops for school districts, utilizing a combination of training modules.

High School Coffee Cart Guidance

In an effort to promote school health, the Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 established nutrition standards for all foods sold in school, which includes high school coffee carts. Caffeinated beverages may only be sold in high schools, base...

Game On Progam

Action for Healthy Kids’ “Game On Program” is a flexible and adaptable multi-year framework that supports America’s schools in creating healthier school environments for students, staff, and the communities they serve.

Thi...

Introduction to WSCC Menus of Evidence-based Practices

This document overviews how to use the Menus of Evidence-Based Practices, based on the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. The Menus are resources for school and district educational professionals to utili...

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Healthy Schools Program

Is your school ready to join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program? This link will take you to a sign-in page where you will have access to free guidance, tools, and resources to implement healthy policies and pra...

School Food Institute – School Food Procurement

With over 30 million school lunches served every day, school food is big business. This course discusses the importance of aligning your procurement practices with the mission and vision of your school food program.  We’ll look at how to use your ...

School Food Institute – School Food Operation Models

This course walks participants through the complicated web of school food and how each operational model affects the food served to the students.

Cost of training is $99. To enroll, click the link below.

School Food Institute – School Food Finance

This course provides information on managing the fiscal resources in a school food program. Managing the financial resources in school food programs is a complex process, and it can be even more complicated in a scratch-cook operation. Fiscal acco...

School Food Institute – School Food 101

The School Food Institute gives school food service professionals and childhood nutrition advocates the in-depth training, operational skills, and strategic vision necessary to make school food fresh, healthy, and sustainable. Our engaging online ...

School Food Institute – Salad Bars in Schools

This course can help schools use a salad bar effectively to get kids eating more fresh produce. Salad bars are a great way to get kids eating more fresh produce, but having a successful salad bar program requires a plan. We’ll go in-depth into the...

School Food Institute – Recipes and Menu Development

This training discusses the importance of recipes for sustainable, scratch-cooked meals, and how to transition your popular menu items to scratch cooking.

Recipes and menus are is the heartbeat of a scratch-cook school food operation. In Re...

School Food Institute – Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning

This course guides participants through the process of planning for sustainable change in their school food program. In this course, you will learn the essentials of strategic planning – from baseline program assessment to defining your program’s ...

School Food Institute – Marketing and Lunchroom Education

This course teaches participants ways to raise the ADP (average daily participation) in their school lunch program in order to sustain their new, higher quality school food program.

Cost of training is $99.  To enroll, click the link below....

Implementing Healthy Celebrations, Rewards, and Fundraisers

This training will feature practical solutions, implementation guides, and stellar resources for providing healthier options and environments related to celebrations, rewards, and/or fundraisers throughout the school community.

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Good Eats: Healthy School Meals

Kids who eat healthy school meals have fewer absences and higher academic achievement. Making school meals healthy, delicious, and successful is both a challenge and an incredible opportunity. This workshop gives an overview of how national school...

Getting Healthy Together: Four Easy Ways for Families to Improve Health at Home and at School

Learn how four simple changes can make your family feel better and increase your kids’ ability to learn.

1) Skip the Screen

2) Let’s Get Moving

3) Load Up on Fruits and Veggies

4) Swap Out Sugary Drinks

This pres...

Food for Thought: Bringing Nutrition Education to Life in Elementary Schools

Are you an elementary school staff member looking to bring nutrition education to life in your school? This interactive training will provide participants with the opportunity to dig into the nutrition-related concepts and skills of the Colorado H...

Creating Healthy Schools: What Parents Need to Know

Learn how to work collaboratively to improve school policy and practices related to healthy eating and physical activity. This half-day introductory workshop covers 1) making the case for healthy schools, 2) the school health landscape in Colorado...

Creating a Healthier School Food Culture

The school food culture goes way beyond the cafeteria. This presentation covers policies and regulations related to the school food environment and offers project ideas and resources for healthy fundraisers, celebrations and family events, healthy...

Physical Environment: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Physical Environment component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Nutrition Environment and Services: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Nutrition Environment & Services component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Health Education: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Health Education component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model.

Taste Testing Guide for Parents and Families

Turn regular taste tests into an exciting school-wide event! Taste testing is a great way to build-up the relationship between food service personnel, families, and the rest of the school community. Additionally, as students become familiar with t...

Taste Testing for Nutrition Services Staff

This resource from the LiveWell@School Food Initiative presents a how-to guide for Nutrition Services staff to conduct taste tests in the cafeteria.

Healthy Fundraisers in Elementary Schools Guide

This guide outlines why healthy fundraisers in schools are important, and includes communication messages for school and family buy-in, as well as suggestions for healthy alternatives for fundraisers.

Recess Before Lunch Guide

When students go to recess before lunch they do not rush through eating. They tend to eat a more well-balanced meal, including more foods containing vitamins such as milk, vegetables, and fruits. This guide outlines the benefits of Recess Before L...

Health Team 4 Performance

Health Team 4 is a lively performance that provides healthy eating and active living messages, as well as tools to help students conquer their own villains on the way to making health choices (for grades K-6). Free to schools within Kaiser Permane...

Guidelines for Implementing the LiveWell@School Food Initiative Student Survey

Use these guidelines to learn about how to survey students in your school to help identify what is currently popular on your school menus. A template with the student survey can be found in the related resources.

Healthy Celebrations in Elementary Schools Guide

This guide outlines why healthy celebrations are important, and includes communication messages for school and family buy-in, as well as suggestions for healthy alternatives for classroom celebrations.

Recess Before Lunch Educational Presentation

When students go to recess before lunch they do not rush through eating. They tend to eat a more well-balanced meal, including more foods containing vitamins such as milk, vegetables, and fruits. This presentation describes the benefits of schedul...

The Lunch Box – Food Service Recipes

The “Food Service Recipes” resource from The Lunch Box provides a database with over 300 USDA compliant school food recipes. All recipes have been thoroughly tested by Chef Ann Cooper of Boulder Valley School District. The database also offers a s...

The Importance of Health and Wellness in Schools Video

This video shares the importance of addressing health and wellness in schools. We know that to create healthy and engaging learning environments, we need to give kids what they really need to succeed. We need to work for a systemic, strategic, and...

Funding Opportunities for Farm to Cafeteria Programs Webinar

LiveWell Colorado and the Colorado Community College System recorded a webinar on funding sources that support Farm to Cafeteria programs that partner with high schools and community college Agriculture Tech Programs.

This recorded webinar ...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Human Resources

Every school district has a different organizational structure and hiring practices. In some districts, the food services department is responsible for all the hiring steps for their department, from developing job descriptions to posting, intervi...

The Lunch Box – Food Service Taste Testing

According to the National Association for the Education for Young Children, a child must be offered a new food up to 10-15 times before they will eat it. With that information in hand, we have found that tasting, tasting, and more tasting will hel...

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative –
Webinars

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of webinars focusing on school food. These webinars include practical ideas to increase school lunch participation, promotional tools to market progress within Food & Nutrition Se...

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative –
Student Tools

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of resources for students who care about school food. This resource includes practical ideas to increase school lunch participation, promotional tools to market progress within Food &...

Tip Sheet: Healthy School Snacks

Children need snacks to keep their busy bodies and minds going. Healthy snacking at school can help kids get important nutrients, make up for skipped meals, and provide necessary fuel for learning, sports, and other activities.

Many kids br...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Rewards at School

Rewards happen at many levels across a school. Teachers, administrators, and parent groups offer rewards to recognize and celebrate student accomplishments. The goal of rewarding students is to help them internalize desirable behaviors and create ...

Tip Sheet: Nutrition Education and Promotion (Spanish)

Nutrition education teaches students how to choose and enjoy healthy foods along with the benefits of healthy foods on one’s body and mind.

Nutrition education and promotion can take place across the school, formally and informally, inside ...

Tip Sheet: Nutrition Education and Promotion

Nutrition education teaches students how to choose and enjoy healthy foods along with the benefits of healthy foods on one’s body and mind.

Nutrition education and promotion can take place across the school, formally and informally, inside ...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Rewards at School (Spanish)

Rewards happen at many levels across a school. Teachers, administrators, and parent groups offer rewards to recognize and celebrate student accomplishments. The goal of rewarding students is to help them internalize desirable behaviors and create ...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Fundraisers to Promote Family Health (Spanish)

Fundraising events and activities provide schools with a powerful opportunity to send consistent and positive health messages, enhance classroom lessons, and promote healthy living to students and families.

Traditional fundraisers often foc...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Fundraisers – Food Sales at School

When schools promote healthy foods and beverages to fuel their students, they send a strong, positive message about how much they value student health and success.

Food and beverage sales to students during the school day, outside of school...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Fundraisers to Promote Family Health

Fundraising events and activities provide schools with a powerful opportunity to send consistent and positive health messages, enhance classroom lessons, and promote healthy living to students and families.

Traditional fundraisers often foc...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Fundraisers – Food Sales at School (Spanish)

When schools promote healthy foods and beverages to fuel their students, they send a strong, positive message about how much they value student health and success.

Food and beverage sales to students during the school day, outside of school...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Food Ideas

Snack time, celebrations, and family events are great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide consistent messages, and create excitement around nutritious choices.

When food is a part of the school day or a special event, scho...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Birthdays, Celebrations, and Family Events at School (Spanish)

Birthdays, celebrations, and family events are great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide consistent messages, and create excitement around nutritious choices at school.

This resource helps with planning events that emphasi...

Tip Sheet: Healthy Birthdays, Celebrations, and Family Events at School

Birthdays, celebrations, and family events are great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide consistent messages, and create excitement around nutritious choices at school.

This resource helps with planning events that emphasi...

WellSAT 2.0

The WellSAT 2.0 tool is used to assess the strength and quality of the local school wellness policy language. Note: This tool does not assess the implementation of a local school wellness policy.

 

Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard 2.0

The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard 2.0 contains simple, no-cost or low-cost strategies that lunchrooms can use to increase participation, improve consumption of healthy food, and reduce food waste.  The strategies are based on research from the Corn...

Smarter Lunchrooms & Local Wellness Policy Language

All schools operating the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Program are required to have a local wellness policy which can drive change in a district’s wellness efforts. This tool provides sample language to include Smarter Lunchrooms i...

Smart Guide: Nutrition Environment and Services

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Nutrition Environment and Services Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components s...

LiveWell@School Food Initiative –
Student Survey

Use this survey to help identify what is currently popular on your school menus. This survey also provides a section where the students can vote on new menu items, with those items ideally being from-scratch options.

The overall goal is for...

Getting Healthy Together – Easy Tips for Families: Swap Out Sugary Drinks! (English and Spanish)

Reaching for a soda or energy drink when we’re thirsty is a habit, and we know habits can be hard to change. But every time we drink a sugary beverage, we need to think about the impact on our body and our teeth: we are consuming a surprising amou...

Getting Healthy Together – Easy Tips for Families: Load Up on Fruits and Veggies! (English and Spanish)

This handout provides nutrition information and easy tips for families on how to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet. English and Spanish versions are both included.

Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit

The Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit is a resource to help farm to school programs of all sizes undertake evaluation. Evaluation can serve many purposes for farm to school programs, including helping demonstrating a program’s success or progress....

Amazon Healthier Generation Store

This online purchasing website was developed in partnership with Amazon and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Healthy snacks that meet the national Smart Snacks in School guidelines are available to purchase for school communities across th...

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Food Planner

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has an online tool for schools and communities to use in order to search for Smart Snacks in Schools compliance. The tool also provides access to nutrition resources such as recipes and menu plans.

Alternative Breakfast Programs

Alternative breakfast programs are a highly effective way to increase breakfast participation for all students and increase the multi-level benefits of breakfast, especially when they are implemented in addition to traditional cafeteria breakfast....

The Lunch Box – Food Services Strategic Planning

The “Strategic Planning” resource from The Lunch Box website includes guidance and a worksheet sample. This resource can help schools develop a strategic plan to put their vision of substantive change in their lunchrooms into action.

Smart Snacks in School – Fact Sheet for Administrators

Smart Snacks in School are nutrition standards required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This legislation mandated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools except foods...

Short Lunch Periods Don’t Serve Students’ Needs (The Harvard Gazette)

This article from The Harvard Gazette reviews the length of time students need for a lunch period to have adequate time to eat. The article cites a study completed by Project Bread and Harvard Chan School which found students with fewer than twent...

The Lunch Box – Salad Bars

The “Salad Bar” tab on The Lunch Box website offers tools for implementing salad bars in schools. This resource has guidance on training, operations, procurement, marketing, and planning. There are case studies, assessment tools, templates, and wo...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Procurement

The “Procurement” resource from The Lunch Box has all of the information necessary for a school or district to start procuring foods for their scratch cooking mission.

The website provides information on fresh food procurement, menu develop...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Posters and Signs

The “Posters and Signs” resource on The Lunch Box website has free downloadable, printable posters on everything from “The Five Meal Components” to “Harvest of the Month” stickers. Print out these free resources to better market and raise aw...

Parents for Healthy Kids Website

Parents for Healthy Kids is a national initiative from Action for Healthy Kids and National PTA. Created for parents, by parents, it offers resources to help parents, families, and caregivers become effective change agents in school and student he...

The Lunch Box – Multimedia Training

This webpage from The Lunch Box features a variety of videos to support your food services and school nutrition efforts. From calibrating thermometers to stir frying vegetables, this multimedia resource offers education on food preparation techniq...

The Lunch Box – Food Service Menu Cycles

The “Menu Cycles” resource at The Lunch Box website offers breakfast and lunch menu cycles depending on the age group. You can download information including: USDA certification worksheets for each cycle week, nutrient analysis by day, and cycle a...

The Lunch Box – Marketing Your Food Services Program

Marketing your school food program is an essential part of keeping it relevant and maintaining your wellness goals. This resource includes tips and tricks on branding your program, district communications, social media platforms, photos, and fundi...

Local School Wellness Policy – Summary of the Final Rule

A local school wellness policy is a written document that guides a district’s efforts to establish an environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The wellness policy requirement was strengthened by the Healthy, Hu...

The Lunch Box – Junior Chef Competition

Hosting a junior chef competition in your school district is an innovative way to increase student participation in your school food program. This resource outlines the key benefits of hosting a junior chef competition and provides documents and r...

Integrating Health and Wellness for Student Success: The Story of Archuleta School District

When Colorado students are living in poverty, come to school hungry, or feel unsafe, this affects their ability to learn. In Archuleta School District’s Pagosa Springs Middle School they believe in the strong connection between student learning an...

How Long Does It Take Students to Eat Lunch?: A Summary of Three Studies (The Journal of Child Nutrition and Management)

The Institute of Child Nutrition (formerly the National Food Service Management Institute) sponsored three studies to identify the actual length of time students have to consume lunch. The studies found students have on average between 7-10 minute...

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Healthy Schools Framework

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to empower students to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program helps to create and ...

Healthy Food Leads to Healthy Students in Silverton

After 100 years, a school in a mountain community now has a hot meals program. Committed to healthy kids and academic achievement, the Silverton School District developed menus to offer hot breakfasts and lunches to students and staff. Subsequentl...

Health and Wellness: A Leadville School and Community Success Story

In 2016, Lake County Intermediate School in Leadville was recognized with the Healthy School Champions Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness. However, it wasn’t long ago that health outcomes for Leadville kids weren’t so great. ...

Children’s Hospital Colorado – Health and safety information for families and schools

This website from Children’s Hospital Colorado provides content and resources for youth and child health, safety, and well-being on a wide range of topics that you can share with parents, caregivers, and families in your school community. Th...

Greeley’s Farm to School Meal Program

The Farm to School Program is a national movement that connects schools and local farms in order to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias; provide agricultural, health, and nutrition education opportunities, and support local and regional farme...

Food Service Director Tools

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative provides a variety of resources for our partners in school food, including practical ideas to increase school lunch participation, promotional tools to market progress within Food & Nutrition Services, and tem...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Fiscal Management

Fiscal accountability in district food service departments is imperative given the challenge of operating in a highly regulated environment, often with limited revenue, inadequate facilities, and the high personnel costs. When districts change fro...

The Lunch Box – Food Services Facilities Resource

It is essential for the district food service director and key members of their management team to learn enough about facility design and equipment to guide the district. This is the case whether the project involves investment in a few pieces of ...

Destination: Healthy Schools Successful Students – A Roadmap & Guidebook to Implementing a Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health at the School Level

The guide defines a step-by-step process for schools utilizing a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach and features “travel guides” for experienced teams seeking in-depth support in specific areas (high functioning...

Colorado Healthy Beverages and Competitive Food Policies

According to the Colorado Competitive Food Service Policy (2202-R-201.00), “competitive food service” is any food or beverage sold to students that is separate from the district’s nonprofit, federally reimbursed food service program, a...

Benefits of Farm to School (National Farm to School Network)

Kids win, farmers win, and communities win when schools choose to implement farm to school in the cafeteria. It creates connections within communities, unites students with where their food comes from, and strengthens the local economy. The Nation...

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Model Wellness Policy

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation developed an excellent wellness policy template that meets the requirements of the local wellness policy final rule. A local wellness policy guides a school district’s efforts to establish a school environme...

Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source

Colorado Healthy Schools Smart Source (Smart Source) is a FREE comprehensive streamlined data collection tool for any Colorado K-12 school.  Smart Source serves as a comprehensive inventory of best practices related to health and wellness designed...

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