CA LSWP Wellness Message - May 2016
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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 last newsletter and follow us on Twitter @CAHealthySchool.  

2016 Shape of the Nation Report   

The 2016 update to the Shape of the Nation on the state of physical education and physical activity in the American education system is now available. Take a look and see how your school's physical education program measures up. 

Nominate a Healthy School Hero  

The Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) Healthy School Hero Award recognizes parents, teachers, students, administrators, school wellness experts and more who have banded together to create healthier learning environments for children. Award winners will receive a certificate, a $500 award from AFHK to use or to donate to a school of their choice for health and wellness programming, and be featured in national communications. The deadline to submit a nomination is June 30, 2016. 

Introducing New Standardized Recipes and Cooking Videos  

USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services just released 50 new, mouth-watering recipes for school chefs! These tasty, kid-approved recipes are tailored for large quantity food service operations in 25, 50, or 100 portions. Each recipe includes a nutritional breakdown as well as crediting information on how the recipe contributes toward updated meal pattern requirements for the National School Lunch Program and other USDA Child Nutrition Programs. And an additional 150 recipes are being developed and will be posted throughout the next year! Another new resource on What’s Cooking? website includes 16 step-by-step cooking videos that make it easy for home cooks to serve healthy meals on a budget. Check out USDA’s What’s Cooking website to access the new resources!

Summer Food, Summer Moves Resource Kit 

USDA Team Nutrition's new resource kit is designed to get kids and families excited about healthy eating and physical activity during the summer months. It's now available here.

Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grants

Fuel Up to Play 60 is pleased to offer School Nutrition Equipment Grants of up to $5,000 in total value for the 2016-2017 School Year. The purpose of these grants is to assist School Nutrition Directors in the purchase of equipment that will enhance the long term implementation of their school breakfast and lunch programs. Deadline to apply is Thursday, June 30.  

2016 USDA NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service are offering Equipment Assistance Grants. USDA-FNS will distribute funding in the amount of $30 million to eligible School Food Authorities (SFA) participating in the National School Lunch Program. SFAs can use these funds to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns. Priority will be given to high-need schools. Click here for more information. 

Breakfast Anytime, Anywhere Grants 

This grant is sponsored by the National Dairy Council, state and regional Dairy Councils, and other supporting organizations. Qualifying California public and private schools are eligible for up to $4,000 during the school year. Funding eligibility for the 2016-2017 school year is held through a competitive program designed to support schools that implement plays from the 2016-2017 Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook, an online resource available to help educate students on ways to eat healthier and promote physical activity during the day. Plays are designed to inspire students to take action such as creating a healthy breakfast program, improving the whole school nutrition environment both in the cafeteria and in other locations where food is available and increasing physical activity amongst their peers. Please contact Alyssa McClelland at for more information.

Project Produce Fruit and Veggie Grants

Grant applications are now being accepted for Project Produce. Launched in 2014 by the Chef Ann Foundation and superfoods company Healthy Skoop, this grant program was created to help schools increase kids' access to fresh fruits and vegetables and provide nutrition education through fun lunchroom learning activities.

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