Nutrition Best Practices


Poor diet is one of the leading causes of obesity; inadequate physical activity is the other. Obese children are at higher risk for medical conditions such as asthma and diabetes. They tend to have higher rates of depression, low self-esteem and absenteeism. All of these factors make it harder to pay attention in class and succeed in school.

  • District-wide, our schools use at least three of the following strategies to promote healthy eating:
    • Limit the amount of processed foods offered to students.
    • Price nutritious food and beverages at lower costs and increase prices for less nutritious foods and drinks.
    • Eliminate unhealthy a la carte food offerings in the school cafeteria.
    • Collect and use suggestions from students, families and school staff about nutritious, culturally relevant food preferences and strategies to promote healthy eating.
    • Provide information about nutrition and the caloric content of foods available.
    • Conduct taste tests to determine food preferences for nutritious items.
    • Provide opportunities for students to visit the cafeteria to learn about food safety, food preparation or other nutrition-related topics.
    • Provide more fresh fruits and vegetables in the meal program using a school or community garden, initiating a farm to school program and/or offering a daily salad bar with school meals.
    • Offer universal breakfast to in all schools.
    • Eliminate food or beverages that contain industrially produced trans-fats on school grounds; including vending machines, food brought into the school for classroom celebrations, snacks or rewards, and school stores. Become familiar with SB12-068.
  • All schools in our district meet the new USDA Meal Patterns.
  • All schools in our district meet the HealthierUS School Challenge criteria for cafeteria meals, food vending machine items, school store snacks and school celebrations.
  • Beverages offered at schools in our district meet or exceed Colorado Healthy Beverages Policy standards.
  • We offer nutrition education in at least half of the grade levels in every school in our district that meets the new Colorado Comprehensive Health Education and Physical Education standards.
  • Our approach to nutrition education is fun, interactive and integrated into the curriculum.
  • It encourages children to eat a vareity of foods, including those that are lower in fat and are calcium-rich, as well as more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, all while paying attention to portioning.
  • We provide opportunities to share nutrition education with families such as:  newsletters, cooking classes, health fairs, etc.
  • Only non-food or healthy food rewards are given in the classroom
  • Only non-food or healthy food items are used in celebrations, birthday parties, staff meetings, etc.
Nutrition Success Stories

Greeley School District’s Farm to Meal Program

Hot Meals Lead to Healthy Schools in Silverton

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