A grassroots movement of school stakeholders concerned with the way children eat and wish to change these behaviors through the application of evidence-based lunchroom focused principles that promote healthful eating.
USDA Team Nutrition
Provides free resources and the framework for team efforts by school nutrition staff, teachers, parents, the media and other community members.
Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables
School gardens pre-date the National School Lunch Program; the Federal government has been encouraging school gardening since the early 1900s, even building a “School Garden Army” during World War I and supporting victory gardens at schools during World War II. Today, the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census indicates there are over 7,000 school gardens across the nation. USDA encourages school gardens by providing grant funding, guidance and resources, and support for food service personnel who are interested in purchasing products from a school garden.
Selected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as part of their "Whole School, Whole Communigty, Whole Child," CATCH creates an environment that makes healthy decisions fun, and their coordination kits make it easy for schools and childcare programs to use the program effectively across disciplines. CATCH has the largest evidence base of any obesity prevention program, and is championed by health professionals and school administrators nationwide.