CA LSWP News - March 2017
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The California Local School Wellness Policy Collaborative brings together state leaders committed to supporting schools in creating and implementing strong wellness policies. We hope this newsletter provides you with the information you need to activate your district's policy. Read our February News and follow us on Twitter @CALSWP.  

Engage High School Students to be Healthy Eating Champs       

Dairy Council of California and the Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health have partnered to bring new resources that help teens champion healthy eating and physical activity habits. If you work with a student advisory group, the Nutrition Promotion Activity Guide provides students with ideas to lead nutrition education efforts in their school and community. Health educators can also check out the new ‘Healthy Eating for Teens’ online education pathway at This mobile friendly tool consists of three modules tailored for teens on important topics such as: 1) Balanced Meals and Snacks, 2) Breakfast and 3) Planning for Success (goal setting).

A Model Wellness Policy  

Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Model Wellness Policy will simplify the revision process for your district! By June 30, all districts participating in federal nutrition programs need to comply with USDA’s wellness policy final rule. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel! USDA thoroughly reviewed Alliance's Model Wellness Policy and determined it's in compliance with the final rule. Download the template and use it to guide you through the revision process. Need more help? Find plenty of additional tools and resources to support your school or district wellness team.

Visit Us at the Childhood Obesity Conference in May            

Looking to connect with student wellness leaders from across the nation? Register for our pre-conference session, HEADLINE! New and Improved Wellness Policies Sweep the Nation on May 30, 2017. Hosted by California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division. Participants will engage in skill-building activities to update their current LSWP priorities, goals and action plans to meet the LSWP final rule requirements—in particular, stronger stakeholder engagement, assessment, and reporting. Tools from the CDC and other LSWP partners will be featured. A success-oriented format will invite discussion, idea sharing, and networking among the participants. Join us to celebrate the LSWP final rule!

Nutrition Education Resource Guide (NERG)            

Teachers, after school providers, nutrition educators, health educators, and school nutrition directors will find a wealth of resources and guidance for delivering effective nutrition education in the NERG! This latest version integrates food literacy competencies and includes additional peer review nutrition education curricula and activities.

Second Annual School Food Forum in Sacramento           

The Sacramento Food Policy Council and the California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) Food and Nutrition Club are hosting the Second Annual School Food Forum: Feeding Our Future at CSUS on Tuesday, April 25. The forum is an opportunity for K-12 food service professionals and educators, students, policy makers, and community allies to learn about and discuss current topics in education, food service practices, and food policy that affect our local school environment. Register for the event today!

Contests + Funding from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Team     

The Ultimate Challenges Contest encourages students and educators to work as a team in their schools to create the ULTIMATE Fuel Up to Play 60 song, dance and smoothie recipe! Join or Log in to submit an entry by March 31!
Coaches know that lowfat chocolate milk has the right protein to carb ratio that helps their athletes refuel and rebuild after strenuous exercise. With more than 20 scientific studies now supporting the benefits of lowfat chocolate milk after a tough workout, many teams and athletes have adopted chocolate milk as their post-practice beverage of choice. By sharing their own success stories with chocolate milk, coaches of high school-age teams have a chance to win one of five $1,000 grants for their athletic programs in the BUILT WITH CHOCOLATE MILK Coaches Challenge!

Grants of up to $5,000
to purchase school nutrition equipment are now available! Learn more about this opportunity and apply by April 28!

School Grants + Every Kid Healthy Week is April 24-28   

Action for Healthy Kids is now accepting grant applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Schools may apply for a breakfast grant to pilot or expand their school breakfast program or a Game On grant to fund physical activity and nutrition initiatives. Apply by April 7 plus learn how your school can participate in Every Kid Healthy Week.

Help us promote student wellness and academic success by sharing the below social message! #Above&Beyond    

Join @CALSWP for workshops across CA to breathe new life into your Local School Wellness Policy #Above&Beyond
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