Health Enhancement and Safety


Team Nutrition and Farm to School

Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:17 pm

Although it is quite wintry outside, it is a great time to grow Farm to School programs in Montana. Now is the time to start planning school gardens, local purchasing, National Farm to School Month celebrations, and farm field trips. There are many great opportunities to provide inspiration and get your projects ready for spring. The Office of Public Instruction with Montana Team Nutrition Program encourages you to check out:

Wellness Grants including Farm to School Programs
Montana Team Nutrition is pleased to announce the 2014 School Wellness in Action Mini-Grant Program designed to support Montana school districts in putting their school wellness policies into action. This funding opportunity is designed to help create sustainable school environments that encourage healthy food choices and physical activity throughout the school day, including school garden and farm to school programs. Applicants can apply for up to $2000.00 per mini grant. Applications are due March 14, 2014. The link to the application is: http://www.keysurvey.com/f/585794/ab40/

Nutrition Education Workshops
This two-part course will provide you with knowledge and tools to incorporate nutrition education across the 5-8 grades curriculum (math, science, language arts, health) with links to the Common Core Standards. Explore how to use nutrition, food, and technology to motivate your students to use critical thinking skills in making healthy food choices.  Healthful snacks will be part of the class agenda and teachers will receive ready to use curriculum resources. April 2nd and April 9th, 2014, 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Location to be determined.

Beef to School
Schools are making great strides purchasing local beef. Multiple partners including National Center for Appropriate Technology, Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, and many others are supporting Beef to School projects through the newly formed Montana Beef to School Coalition. These partners as well as ally organizations will be researching and promoting successful strategies for Beef to School procurement. Stay tuned for more information: opi.mt.gov/FarmtoSchool

For more information, contact Aubree Roth, 994-5996