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School Nutrition Programs


National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides children meals that meet USDA nutrition guidelines and supports both academic achievement and health during the school day. In Montana, half of the lunch meals are served to children free or at a reduced price, based on their family’s household income.

In Montana, the National School Lunch Program serves 80,000 students every day.

Explore the School Nutrition Programs website to find information on program administration, training opportunities and healthy meal ideas.

Resources available under Forms and Guidelines, “Food Service” tab.

 

Special Milk Program

The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools who do not participate in other federal meal service programs.

Program administration resources available under Forms and Guidelines.

Milk Program Brochure
USDA’s Special Milk Program Fact Sheet

 

Afterschool Snack Program

The Afterschool Snack Program provides reimbursement for snacks to children who participate in afterschool educational or enrichment programs in an organized, structured and supervised environment.

Program administration resources available under Forms and Guidelines.

After School Snack and Meal Options

Afterschool Snack Program Brochure

How to choose the USDA Afterschool Food Program to best fit your organization

USDA’s Afterschool Snack Program website

 

Cooperative Purchase Program

Cooperative Purchasing ProgramThe Cooperative Purchase Program provides quality food and kitchen supply items to schools across Montana at a substantial cost savings through high volume bid purchasing. Two bids are conducted during each school year, with up to four deliveries in each bid. Each school in the state, regardless of their order size or location, receives the same price on products offered. There are no restrictions on the quantity or type of food the school can order.

All items offered through the Cooperative Purchase Program are screened to ensure quality, nutritional integrity, and student acceptability.

 Cooperative Purchase Ordering System

Cooperative Purchase Program Brochure

Advisory Bid and Commodity (ABC) Committee

The Advisory Bid & Commodity Committee was initiated in the fall of 2002. The Committee is the voice of Montana school foodservice in decisions regarding the items offered in the Food Distribution Program and OPI Cooperative Purchase Program.

ABC Committee Information and Application for Membership

 

 

Most Requested Information

Direct Certification

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

 Sponsor Applications and Claims

 Payments to Schools

 Cooperative Purchasing Ordering Program

 USDA Foods Ordering Program

USDA Foods Ordering Instructions

View Free and Reduced Eligibility Data HERE

Positive and Pleasant Mealtimes
Recorded Webinar Training for Schools –Welcome to Our Comfortable Cafeteria- February 21, 2012
Recorded Webinar Training for Early Childhood Educators - Pass the Peaches Please - February 22, 2012

School Nutrition Programs 2013 Annual Report

School Nutrition Programs Organization: The School Nutrition Programs unit administers school-based child nutrition programs throughout Montana on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of Public Instruction's Health Enhancement and Safety Division.

School Nutrition Programs Brochure

Mission: To ensure schools provide nutritious meals and promote healthy lifestyles through collaborative education and training, and administration of the USDA School Nutrition Programs

Nondiscrimination Statement:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or any USDA office, or call 866.632.9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information request in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 202.690.7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877.8339; or 800.945.6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Current Events and Training

Summer Food Summit 2014Montana Summer Food Summit 2014
Growing Summer Food Programs
Presented by the Office of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Programs
April 24th and 25th, Great Northern Hotel, Helena

The Montana Summer Food Summit 2014 is for administrators and staff of the Summer Food Service Program. This summit will:

  • Allow participants to network with people from around the state who are involved in the SFSP.
  • Provide resources and technical support for new and experienced SFSP sites and sponsors.
  • Provide an opportunity to plan for summer 2014.
  • Give participants an opportunity to share stories, brainstorm ideas, and celebrate successes with others who are devoted to ending hunger.
  • Provide a required SFSP training on April 25th.

Deadline for registration has been extended to April 21st. The Great Northern Hotel will hold a block of rooms for the nights of April 23rd and 24th on a first-come, first-served basis until April 4th. Attendees in need of lodging should make their own arrangements directly by calling the hotel (406) 457-5500 and asking for a room in the OPI Summer summit room block.
Summit Registration  and Save the Date

2014 Summer Food Service Program Training
The Office of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Programs will provide required SFSP sponsor training at several regional locations during the month of May. These trainings are required for all sponsors of the SFSP. Deadline for registration is April 30th. Please note that if you attend the training held on April 25th at the Montana Summer Food Summit 2014, you will not need to attend a regional training.
SFSP Training Registration

Food Service Years of Experience Recognition
The Office of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Programs, would like to recognize school food service staff with 20, 25 or 30 years of uninterrupted service to the profession. We would also like to recognize retiring staff that have 20 or more years of service in your school food service program.

Please submit the names of food service staff meeting the criteria so that they may be recognized for their dedication to the school nutrition programs. If you have questions, please contact School Nutrition Programs at (406) 444-2501.

Please complete the Food Service Years of Experience Recognitionform on behalf of food service staff that meet the years of experience criteria. Mail or fax this information by April 23, 2014 to OPI, School Nutrition Programs, PO Box 202501, Helena MT 59620-2501. Our fax number is 406.444.2955.

Montana School Nutrition Association Conference
2014 Conference at a Glance
2014 Conference Highlights
2014 Conference Registration
2014 Preconference Descriptions

2013-14 School Nutrition Program Training Schedule

Healthier Hunger Free Kids Act Training Resources

National Food Service Management Institute Training Opportunities

School Nutrition Association Archived Webinars

School Nutrition Current Events and Training

Farm to School

Montana Farm to SchoolFarm to School is broadly defined as a program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.

Montana Team Nutrition Program assists educators, school nutrition professionals, school administration, parents, farmers and other community members with growing their own Farm to School programs. We have provided a multitude of resources below, which are categorized by topic for easy navigation.

Educators

Edible Schoolyard
Edible education is making an impact in communities all over the world. Learn about the innovative work being done and support the incredible people doing it. If you have a program, join the network and share your story!

Montana Ag in the Classroom
This agriculture curriculum program provides schools and communities with opportunities to learn about agriculture in a fun and effective way, and seeks to instill appreciation for local agriculture and food production. This site contains full lesson plans and other helpful resources.

Farm to School Training Templates for EducatorsNEW
National Farm to School Network has created training templates for farm to school topics by collecting best practices from around the country. Each training module includes a customizable slide deck, speaker notes, handouts and an evaluation form. Use these to train staff, stakeholders, or your farm to school team! Topics available: Farm to School 101, Best Practices for Experiential Education, Communicating the Value of Farm to School to Administrators (coming soon).

Rethinking School Lunch: A Curriculum Resource from the Center for Ecoliteracy
The Rethinking School Lunch Program creates a framework for a comprehensive curriculum that integrates campus gardens, kitchen classrooms, school lunch, and a wide range of academic subjects. This program uses a systems approach to address the crisis in childhood obesity, provide nutrition education, and teach ecological knowledge.

USDA Garden Curriculum Resources
The USDA has created three interactive and exploratory lessons as a creative way to connect gardens with nutrition messages in the classroom, cafeteria or lunchroom, and at home.

Farm to School and Education Standards
Farm to school programs provide a great venue to meet educational standards including Common Core. Resources are increasingly available to help educators link farm to school activities with Common Core, Next Generation, and other standards.

The Farmer Grows a Rainbow
This is a set of pre-K through 5th grade activities that were developed in order to
connect Ag in the Classroom activities with the MyPyramid resources from
USDA.

Discover Dairy
An engaging, interactive, cross-curricular, multi-leveled lesson series designed
for upper elementary-aged students. Helps students understand where milk
comes from and the many ways dairy farms contribute to our lives.

Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE ) Curriculum Series
Developed at Teachers College at Columbia University, this series of modules,
intended for students from grades 4-6, promotes scientific habits of mind through
thoughtful, inquiry-based activities that integrate the study of food, food systems,
and environmental and personal health.

All About Farmer’s Markets: A Teaching Guide for Classrooms, Camps and
Community Programs

This 116 page guide, containing games, songs and activities, helps to children
make the connection between the land, the food we eat, and our health and wellbeing.
Intended for pre-K through 2nd grade.

Healthy Food Choices – From the Farm to Your Table – a selection of resources for children.

Selection of Books for Elementary Children:

  • Williams-Paisley, Kimberly (with Gurney Williams III) Henry and the Hidden Veggie
    Garden, Silverback Books, Inc. 2008
  • Ehlert, Lois, Growing Vegetable Soup, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1987
  • Gibbons, Gail. The Milk Makers, Aladdin Books, Macmillan Publishing Company, New
    York, 1985.
  • Ehlert, Lois. Eating the Alphabet, Harcourt Brace and Company, Orlando, 1989
Mmm Mmm Montana: Delicious food that is grown right here in Montana Poster
Mmm Mmm Montana Poster
Classroom or Cafeteria Activities
Montana Food and Farm Trivia
Mmm Pyramid Adventure Activity
THINK TWO Snack Activity
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo Match Game
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo Match Game Answers

The Traditional Uses of the Buffalo activity was developed by United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck ND, and is part of the Buffalo and Native American Wellness Resource. For more information on this resource, go to: http://landgrant.uttc.educlear

School Food Professionals

Local Food Procurement Resources
Guidelines for Purchasing Local Foods
Farm to Cafeteria Network
Montana Farm to Cafeteria Manual NEW
Farm to School Training Templates for Child Nutrition Directors and Producers
10 Facts About Local Food in Schools
Farm To School: A Tool For Success With The New Nutrition Standards
Selling Local Food to Schools: A Resource for ProducersNEW
Using DOD Fresh to Buy Local
Finding, Buying, and Serving Local Foods WebinarsNEW

  • Intro to Procurement – Archived
  • Conducting a Local Procurement Baseline Assessment – Archived
  • Finding Local Producers – February 13
  • Using the Informal Procurement Method – February 27
  • Using Specifications to Target Local Products – March 13
  • Working with Distributors – March 27
  • Using a Forward Contract – April 10
  • Introduction to Geographic Preference – April 24
  • Using Geographic Preference – May 8
  • Using USDA Foods as Resource to Purchase Local – May 22
  • Using DoD Fresh to Purchase Local – June 12
  • Tying It All Together and Digging In – June 26

Geographic Preference
USDA Memo - Procurement Geographic Preference Q&A’s (SP_18_2011)
USDA Memo – Procurement Geographic Preference Q&A’s Part II
When & How to Apply Geographic Preference

Montana Beef to School
Montana Beef to School Video
Procuring Montana Beef for Montana Schools
Procurement Facts about Beef
Beef Processors Around Montana

Find Montana Food Producers
Abundant Montana: AERO’s Directory to Sustainably Grown Montana Food
Montana Department of Commerce: Made in Montana Program (food/beverage list)

Montana Menu Board: Reusable menu board designed to showcase Montana foods served in cafeterias
Download poster for printingand Instructions
Contact us for printed & laminated posters

Recipe Ideas
New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes by School Cooks for School Cooks
Montana Recipe Roundup: Recipes from Montana School Cooks


Mmm Mmm Montana: Delicious food that is grown right here in Montana Poster
Mmm Mmm Montana Poster Classroom or Cafeteria Activities
Montana Food and Farm Trivia
Mmm Pyramid Adventure Activity
THINK TWO Snack Activity
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo Match Game
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo Match Game Answers

Cooks for Kids Season Three: Cooking Green Across America
Episode three of this series features Missoula County Public Schools' Farm to School initiatives. clear

School Gardens

List of School Gardens in Montana

School Garden Q&A for School Food Service

Webinar: Planting the Seeds of Healthy Eating through School Gardens – April 2011

The Edible Schoolyard
The Edible Schoolyard (ESY) is a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation.  Website resources include garden lesson, kitchen lessons and classroom lessons… and much more. 

Food Safety in the School Garden

Let’s Move School Garden Checklist
This webpage and the downloadable checklist provide steps to get moving in the school garden and great tips including how to ensure safety.

Gardening with Kids.org
Lots of resources for conducting fun and engaging activities with children.

Kids Gardening.org
A website created by the National Gardening Association with links to loads of information and resources related to gardening with children.

School Garden Wizard
A resource created for America's K-12 school community through a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden.

Gardening Videos NEW

Preparing the Soil
How to Water
How to Compost
How to Weed
Season Extension
How to Prune
How to Build A Cold Frameclear

Farm to School Month

National Farm to School Month
National Farm to School Month is a great time to offer up meals featuring Montana-grown foods or take a field trip to visit a nearby farm! There are many great ways to celebrate Farm to School Month whether you are a student, teacher, parent, food service director, farmer, or community member. Consider the following ways to celebrate: MyPlate

  1. Put Montana foods on the tray. Consider serving up these Montana foods from each section of MyPlate: apples (fruit), squash (vegetable), wheat (grain), beef or lentils (protein) and milk (dairy). Learn about why these Montana foods are great for building healthy bodies and minds with these facts.

    Download the 2013 Farm to School Month in Montana Poster

    Download the 2013 Farm to School Month in Montana guide to get menu ideas, activities, and more!

    Try out the following standardized recipes:

  2. Embark on food and agricultural explorations! Go on a farm field trip or bring a food producer or chef into the classroom to talk about what they do. There are many other fun in-class activities that connect perfectly with Montana standards.
  3. Connect with your community. Consider hosting a harvest dinner at the school cafeteria or other community location to celebrate delicious food, healthy communities, and Montana’s agricultural bounty.

MT Crunch Time

Montana Crunch Time
Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. This year, join Montana in celebrating Food Day by crunching into local and regional apples on Food Day, October 24th at 2:00pm MST. Don’t forget to share your crunch byte (photos, videos, or audio).

Download the Montana Crunch Time Card

Download the 2013 Montana Crunch Time Guide

Let’s Count the Trays
Help us count the ways Farm to School Month is being celebrated in Montana. Take a minute to sign up your program.

Additional Resources

National Farm to School Month
This site has numerous resources from activity and menu ideas to posters to a communications toolkit to help you promote your activity.f

Webinar: Montana Farm to School Month—Ideas and Resources – October 2012
Get ideas of ways to celebrate Farm to School Month from around Montana. Also, find resources that are available nationally and in Montana. Hosted by Montana Rural Health Initiative.

Sample School Board Resolution
This sample Farm to School Month school board resolution can be adapted for use at any school district. This is a great step to take and easy to do.

Food Day – October 24th
Check out the School Curriculum guide for this day, put your event on the calendar, and receive your Food Day resources.

Farm to School Month Teacher Toolkit
Created by Gallatin Valley Farm to School, this toolkit provides activity ideas and helpful tips for conducting farm field trips.

Join the fun or share how you are celebrating by contacting Aubree Roth at aubree.roth@montana.edu or 406.994.5996.

National Farm to School Month

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Healthy & Local Fundraising

Schools often rely on fundraising activities to supplement budgets and pay for equipment, supplies and events. Unfortunately, these fundraisers often include the sale of unhealthy foods. OPI School Nutrition Programs and Montana Team Nutrition recognize the importance of addressing the availability of healthy food options throughout the school environment, including school fundraising.

Here you will find sample resources to help your school implement a fundraising program that raises money through the sale of Montana-made healthy food products. The sample resources you will find here were developed through the 2008 and 2011 pilot programs organized by Montana Team Nutrition Program and 2009-2011 offerings organized for Bozeman-area schools by Gallatin Valley Farm to School. Feel free to adapt these resources for your needs to develop a fundraising program in your school/district.

Harvest Montana Fundraiser Model
Harvest Montana Fundraiser How to Guide
Simple Guide to Harvest Montana Fundraiser
Harvest Montana Fundraiser Brochure Template
Harvest Montana Fundraiser Order Form Template
Harvest Montana Fundraiser Order Tabulation Spreadsheet
Talking Points for Promotion of Montana Farm to School Fundraiser
Fundraiser Timeline
Sample Announcement/Flyer for Fundraiser
Instructions for Sellers
Sample Order Form
2008 Pilot Report
2011 4-H Pilot Report

Additional Resources for Healthy Fundraising at School
Healthy, Creative Ideas for Fundraising: Action for Healthy Kids - Virginia
Sweet Deals: School Fundraising Can be Healthy (Center for Science in
the Public Interest)
Michigan Farm to School: Link to Local Food – Fundraising Information
Farm-Raisers: Fundraising with a Healthy Twist – Center for Food and
Justice

Healthy School Fundraisers: Wisconsin Action for Healthy Kids
Promoting Healthy Fundraising in Our Children’s Schools

Links to Lists of Montana Food Producers
Made in Montana: A Program of the Montana Department of Commerce
Abundant Montana – Producer database managed by AERO
Organization (AERO)

University of Montana Farm to College Program: Vendor Linksclear

Taking Root: 2012 Montana Farm to School Conference
Taking Root: Montana Farm to School conference was held August 16-17, 2012 at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. The conference was a great success with ten workshops, three field trips, an open session discussion, networking hour, fabulous speakers, and 140 attendees from all over the state. To facilitate the continued exchange of information after the conference, we have provided conference and workshop materials here.

General Conference Information
Workshop Resources
Open Session Notes


friends!Forms and Guidelines

The Office of Public Instruction offers the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Afterschool Snack Program, and Special Milk Program (SMP) to Montana's public and private schools, as well as Residential Child Care Institutions.

Administrative Update for Schools 2013-14
School Nutrition Programs Check List

Contacts:
Emily Dunklee, 406.461.9917
Tara Ray, R.D., 406.431.2920
Teresa Motlas, R.D., 406.444.3532

Eligibility Manual for School Meals (August 2013) NEW
Determining and Verifying Eligibility
Determining and Verifying Eligibility (changes highlighted)

Eligibility Guidelines 2013-14 clear

Disclaimer; These Word forms are made available for your district's use. They are NOT OPI Forms. You are free to alter or tailor the form to your district's needs. OPI will not be responsible for the contents of the document. OPI does not provide support on how to use Microsoft products.

Warning: Microsoft Word documents may contain malicious macro viruses. To prevent the possibility of downloading a virus, you should have modern virus protection installed, have virus definitions up-to-date, and the latest operating system patches installed prior to downloading documents from any web site or e-mail.

Grants and Scholarships

2014 Montana School Nutrition Association Scholarship
Application

Funding Opportunities for Fuel Up to Play 60

School Grants for Healthy Kids

 

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is proud to announce a new Growing Leaders Youth Initiative in Montana: The Local Harvest Event Grant!

This spring, NCAT will partner with two teams of Montana high schoolers to plan a Growing Leaders Local Harvest event to be held in their communities in the fall. The two events will celebrate and educate about healthy, local food while providing youth leadership, learning, and networking opportunities. Youth will work together with educators, community leaders, local food producers, and others in highlighting, supporting, and building vibrant community-based food systems in Montana. NCAT will award up to $2,000 each to two winning teams to cover event expenses and also will provide planning, training, and logistical support.

NCAT is now accepting Local Harvest Event Grant proposals.

Who should apply?
Teams of high school-aged youth from any Montana community working together with an adult who is:
● A member of a high school’s faculty or staff, or
● An employee of a 501(c)3 organization, or
● A parent sponsored by a high school, a 501(c)3 organization, or a PTO/PTA

LEARN MORE AND APPLY NOW - Applications are due Sunday May 4, 2014 @ midnight

Want to talk through some ideas with us?
In addition to providing individual assistance via phone or email, NCAT will host 2 conference calls to answer questions about grant guidelines or requirements and provide feedback on your team's initial ideas. The conference calls will occur at 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2. Preregistration is required to participate in these conference calls. To preregister, please email your name, email address and telephone number to jeremyd@ncat.org or call 406.494.8641 before April 2.

Any questions?
If you have any questions pertaining to the Local Harvest Event Grant or the Growing Leaders Youth Initiatives, please contact Jeremy Drake, jeremyd@ncat.org, 406.494.8641.

Get your team together and start today!

Jeremy Drake

Project and Evaluation Specialist
Growing Leaders Youth Initiatives Coordinator
National Center for Appropriate Technology
jeremyd@ncat.org
406.494.8641

No Kid Hungry Summer Meals Grant
We’re thrilled to inform you that the No Kid Hungry mini-grants portal is live! Mini-grant applications are available to support new Summer Meal Program outreach strategies, new sites, adding a site, adding a meal, expanding days of operation, and addressing transportation. Sponsors can apply for up to $2000 per site.

The instructions can be found below and they’re also attached here. If you have any problems with the application itself, please click on the "Help Desk" link in the top right hand corner of every page of the portal.
Please submit your grant application by Friday, May 2.

Instructions for applying for a No Kid Hungry Summer Meals Grant from Share Our Strength and the Montana No Kid Hungry Campaign:
Please note this is a new online system for grants from Share Our Strength. Even if you have applied for a grant from us previously, you must register as a new organization. (Information from any previous grants you have received will be available at this site, at a later date.)

  • Go to http://grants.nokidhungry.org/
  • Create an account by filling in the “Step 1 of 2: Account Set-Up”
  • Complete “Step 2 of 2: Contact Information”
  • Complete Organizational Information Page
  • You will then be taken to a page where you may input your access code: MTSUMMER2014
  • Fill in all required information and submit application
  • If at any time you need technical assistance or are experiencing difficulties using the online grants portal, please click on the "HELP DESK" link that is in the top right corner of every page. The attached document also provides useful instructions on how to use our grants system.
    Lisa Lee, RD
    Director, Montana No Kid Hungry
    406.444.3518


Healthy School Award Programs

Healthy School DayHas your school worked hard to make healthy changes to the school meals program?  Does your school provide nutrition education and physical activity opportunities for its students?  The Montana Team Nutrition Program invites all Montana schools to apply for a Healthy School Award and will assist schools in the application process.

Be a Healthy School Champion!

TeamNutrition - USDA

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary recognition program established by the United States Department of Agriculture.  It focuses on three key areas of school wellness:

  1. Healthy school breakfast and lunch meals  and competitive foods,
  2. Nutrition education and
  3. Physical education and activity.

There is an award level to fit any school with award money available:

  • Bronze ($500)
  • Silver ($1000)
  • Gold ($1500)
  • Gold of Distinction ($2000)

Why apply for an award? Allow your school staff to receive:

  • Recognition,
  • Media Coverage,
  • Sense of Pride,
  • Award Money, and most of all:
  • Accomplishment of creating a school environment that supports better health and academic success for students and staff.

Interested in taking the HealthierUS School Challenge? 
Contact Montana Team Nutrition:
Katie Bark kbark@mt.gov 
Molly Stenberg stenberg@montana.edu 
Or a School Wellness Coachin your area.  Currently, these coaches are located in Billings, Great Falls, Miles City, and Missoula. 

Congratulations to Montana’s HealthierUS School Challenge Award-Winning Schools!

healthy Montana Ophir

Belgrade Elementary School District #44
(5/13 – 5/17)

  • Heck Quaw Elementary (Bronze)
  • Ridge View Elementary (Bronze)
  • Belgrade Intermediate (Bronze)

Anaconda School District
(4/13 – 4/17)

  • Anaconda High School (Bronze)
  • Fred Moodry Middle School (Bronze)
  • Lincoln Elementary School (Bronze)
  • W. K. Dwyer School (Bronze)

East Helena Elementary School District #9
(4/13 – 4/17)

  • Eastgate School (Silver)
  • Radley Elementary School (Silver)

Great Falls Public Schools
(4/13 – 4/17)

  • Chief Joseph Elementary School (Silver)
  • East Middle School (Silver)
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary School (Silver)
  • Lincoln Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Longfellow Elementary School (Silver)
  • Loy Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Meadow Lark Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Morningside Elementary School (Silver)
  • Mountain View Elementary School (Silver)
  • North Middle School (Silver)
  • Riverview Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Roosevelt Elementary School (Silver)
  • Sacajawea Elementary School (Silver)
  • Sunnyside Elementary School (Silver)
  • Valley View Elementary School (Silver)
  • West Elementary School (Silver)
  • Whittier Elementary School (Silver)

Manhattan Christian School District
(4/13 – 4/17)

  • Manhattan Christian High School (Silver)
  • Manhattan Christian School (Silver)

Monforton School District 27
(4/13 – 4/17)

  • Monforton Primary (Silver)
  • Monforton School (Silver)
  • Monforton 7-8 (Silver)

Missoula County Public School District
(4/13 – 4/17)

  • Chief Charlo Elementary School (Silver)
  • Cold Springs Elementary School (Silver)
  • Franklin Elementary School (Silver)
  • Hawthorne Elementary School (Silver)
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary School (Silver)
  • Lowell Elementary School (Silver)
  • Paxson Elementary School (Silver)
  • Rattlesnake Elementary School (Silver)
  • Russell Elementary School (Silver)

Billings Public Schools
(4/13 – 4/17)

  • Riverside Middle School, (Gold Award of Distinction)

Bozeman Public Schools #7
(4/13 – 4/17)

  • Chief Joseph Middle School (Bronze)

Lockwood School District
(3/13 – 3/17)

  • Lockwood Intermediate School (Gold Award of Distinction)
  • Lockwood Middle School (Gold Award of Distinction)

Hellgate School District #4
(3/13 – 3/17)

  • Hellgate Elementary School (Silver)
  • Hellgate Middle School (Silver)

Lockwood School District
(1/13 – 1/17)

  • Lockwood Primary School (Gold Award of Distinction)

Libby School District #4
(8/12 – 8/16)

  • Libby Elementary School (Bronze)

Winnett K-12 Schools
(8/12 – 8/16)

  • Winnett School (Gold Award of Distinction)
  • Winnett School 7-8 (Gold Award of Distinction)
  • Winnet High School (Gold Award of Distinction)

Ennis School District #52
(7/12 – 7/16)

  • Ennis Elementary School (Gold)
  • Ennis High School (Silver)
  • Ennis Jr. High School (Gold)

Ophir School District #72
(7/12 – 7/16)

  • Ophir Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Ophir Middle School (Bronze)
  • Lone Peak High School (Bronze)

Montana City #27
(6/12 – 6/16)

  • Montana City Elementary School (Bronze)
  • Montana City Middle School (Bronze)

Gallatin Gateway School District #35
(1/12 – 1/16)

  • Gallatin Gateway Elementary School (Gold)
  • Gallatin Gateway Junior High (Gold)

Luther Elementary School District
(12/11 – 12/15)

  • Luther School (Gold Award of Distinction

Townsend K-12 District #1
(12/11 – 12/15)

  • Cecelia Hazleton School (Silver)
  • Townsend 7-8 School (Silver)
  • Bozeman Public Schools #7 (2/10 - 1/12 ) - Morning Star Elementary School (Gold)
  • School District #9/10 (8/09 - 7/11) - Luther Elementary School (Silver)
  • Bozeman Public Schools #7 (7/09 - 6/11) - Whittier Elementary School (Gold), Longfellow School (Bronze)
  • Bozeman Public Schools #13-G (4/09 - 3/11) - Box Elder Public School (Gold)
  • Bozeman Public Schools #7 (9/08 - 6/10) - Hawthorne School (Gold)
  • Billings Public Schools-District #2 (9/07 - 6/10) - Ponderosa Elementary School (Gold)
  • Lolo Elementary School District #7 (9/06 - 6/08) - Lolo Elementary School (Gold)
  • G-13 School District (8/07 - 8/09) - Box Elder Elementary School (Silver)

Congratulations on receiving a HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Award!
This guide provides tips and tools to help you plan and host a successful celebration.

Complete Toolkit

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Why Apply?
The Montana Team Nutrition Program invites all Montana schools to apply for a Healthier Montana Menu Challenge Award and will assist schools in the application process. Be a Healthy School Champion!

What is the Healthier Montana Menu Challenge?

  • A menu-based recognition program based upon the HealthierUS School Challenge that meets nutrition criteria for breakfast, lunch and a la carte offerings.
  • Applications are open to all Montana schools, regardless of participation level in the school meals program.
  • Allows schools to apply for all three components (breakfast, lunch, and a la carte) or for any one of the three.
  • Recognizes schools serving healthy school meals that are consistent with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA’s MyPlate; thereby allowing more Montana children the opportunity to enjoy whole grain foods, more variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and tasty entrees; and
  • Supports youth in fueling healthy bodies and smart minds.
Healthier Montana Menu Challenge Informational Brochure

Interested in taking the Healthier Montana Menu Challenge? 
Contact Montana Team Nutrition:
Molly Stenberg stenberg@montana.edu 
Katie Bark kbark@mt.gov 
Or a School Wellness Coach in your area.  Currently, these coaches are located in Billings, Great Falls, Miles City, and Missoula.  

Hellgate HSHow to Complete and Submit an Application:
The menu criteria are based on the USDA MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as well as these guiding principles1

  • The present and future health and well-being of school-age children are profoundly affected by dietary intake and the maintenance of a healthy weight.
  • Schools contribute to current and lifelong health and dietary patterns and are uniquely positioned to model and reinforce healthful eating behaviors in partnership with parents, teachers and the broader community.

1Nutrition Standards for Schools: Leading the Way Toward Healthier Youth Report, April 2007, Institute of Medicine

Menu Criteria

Menu Worksheets

School Breakfast Menu Criteria
School Lunch Menu Criteria
A la Carte Foods Criteria 

Complete a work sheet for each meal component in which you are applying for:
Breakfast
Lunch
A la Carte

Healthier Montana Menu Challenge Application Word Version

Mail the completed application to:
Montana Team Nutrition Program
Montana State University
202 Romney Gym
P. O. Box 173370
Bozeman, MT 59717-3370

Upon receipt of the application, Montana Team Nutrition and/or Montana Office of Public Instruction staff will review it. Please allow four-six weeks for review and award notification. Montana Team Nutrition will contact the school for clarification if needed.

Application Requirements

  1. Schools apply as individual school sites and must meet the specified menu criteria for breakfast and lunch meals and for a la carte food items (if applicable).
  2. Schools can apply for all three components (breakfast, lunch, and a la carte) or for any one of the three.
  3. Schools must involve the school’s wellness committee or organize a review panel or group including, at minimum, a school administrator, a school nutrition program manager and a member of the parent teacher organization. The review panel will sign off on the application.
  4. Once awarded, the Healthier Montana Menu Challenge Recognition is for a two-year time period. The award is for the current school year (the year of approval) plus the following two school years. Schools are encouraged to continue their commitment and reapply at the end of their award period.

Congratulations to Montana’s Healthier Montana Menu Challenge Award-Winning Schools!

Hellgate Elementary School District #4, Missoula, MT
Healthy Breakfast Award
January 2013 – January 2017
Press Release

Saco Public Schools, Saco, MT
Healthy Breakfast Award
May 2012 - June 2014
Press Release
Article: Phillips County News , May 23, 2012

Lewistown Public Schools, Lewistown, MT
Healthy Breakfast Award
May 2012 – June 2014
Press Release

Somers Elementary District #29, Somers, MT
Healthy Lunch Award
June 2010 –June 2012
Press Release
Article: Missoulian, November 15, 2010

Heck Quaw Elementary School, Belgrade, MT
Healthy Breakfast Award
November 2009 – June 2012

Muldown Elementary School, Whitefish MT
Healthy Lunch Award
April 2009-June 2011
Press Release

Luther Elementary School, Luther MT
Healthy Lunch Award
March 2009-June 2011
Press Release

Whitehall Public Schools, Whitehall, MT
Healthy Breakfast and Lunch Awards
January 2009-June 2011
Press Release

Bozeman Public School District Elementary Schools
Healthy Lunch Awards

  • Morning Star School, January 2009-June 2011
  • Hawthorne School, October 2008-June 2011
  • Longfellow School, October 2008-June 2011
  • Whittier School, October 2008-June 2011
Lone Rock Elementary School, Stevensville, MT
Healthy Breakfast and Lunch Awards
March 2008-June 2010

Need additional information or assistance with the application? Please contact the Montana Team Nutrition Program.

Montana Team Nutrition
202 Romney Gym, MSU, Bozeman, MT 59717
Project Coordinator: Molly Stenberg, RD
Telephone: 406.994.7217, Fax: 406.994.7300
Program Director: Katie Bark, RD
Telephone: 406.994.5641, Fax: 406.994.7300

Or you can contact a School Wellness Coachin your area.  Currently, these coaches are located in Billings, Great Falls, Miles City, and Missoula. 

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Nutrition Education Resources

The links below will lead you to age-appropriate and accurate nutrition education resources and lesson plans. Click on one of the following categories to find information specific to your needs.

Team NutritionChildcare Resource Library from USDA:
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/childcare.html
Check out this web site for a variety of resources you can use in caring for the nutrition needs of young children in our childcare program.  

Farm to Preschool Resources:
http://farmtopreschool.org/  or http://www.opi.mt.gov/Farm2School
Check out these websites from National Farm to School Network or Montana Team Nutrition Program for a variety of resources to support your efforts to implement a farm to preschool program.

Grow It Try it Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/growit.html
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.

The kit includes seven booklets featuring three fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm can be used to introduce any fruit or vegetable! It also has a CD-ROM with Supplemental Information and a DVD with Cool Puppy Pup's Picnic and Lunch Parties.

Each booklet contain: hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate. Use the kit to promote learning at home with fun parent/child activities and family-sized recipes that give tips for cooking with children.

Kids Health in the Classroom
http://classroom.kidshealth.org/
This website has curriculum materials, categorized by grades, covering many areas of health.

KID-FIT: Physical Education Classes for Preschoolers
http://kid-fit.com/
KID-FIT provides preschool children, their primary caretakers, and educators a structured curriculum for promoting healthy lifestyle habits.

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom (Department of Agriculture) K-3 Lessons
http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/AgClassroom/LessonPlans/K-3/
Check out these standards-based lesson plans that can be incorporated across the curriculum.

Nutrition and Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/nutritionandwellness.html
This resource is designed for providers caring for children from ages 2-5 years. Need creative ideas for meal planning, shopping, and food preparation? Or fun suggestions for active play?

This handbook was developed to help CACFP child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care. It includes a series of tip sheets addressing wellness recommendations and includes practical best practices and success stories for planning menus and daily physical activity schedules.

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Eat Smart Be Smart: Teaching Nutrition through Math, Science, Language Arts and Health Enhancement Curriculum Guide
www.opi.mt.gov/eatsmartmtcurriculum
This Montana made curriculum contains a total of 36 lessons (6 per grade level) for grades K-5. Check out the K-2 lessons which not only teach children important nutrition concepts on healthful eating but also reinforce math, science, language art skills. Each lesson is designed for a 30-40 minute time frame.

Fun Fruit and Veggie Lessons
Four step-by-step lesson plans created by Montana Team Nutrition for use with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program or for general nutrition education.

Grow It Try it Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/growit.html
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.

The kit includes seven booklets featuring three fruits and vegetables with fun activities through the imaginary garden at Tasty Acres Farm can be used to introduce any fruit or vegetable! It also has a CD-ROM with Supplemental Information and a DVD with Cool Puppy Pup's Picnic and Lunch Parties.

Each booklet contain: hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate. Use the kit to promote learning at home with fun parent/child activities and family-sized recipes that give tips for cooking with children.

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom: http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/AgClassroom/
Check out these websites for a variety of resources to support your efforts to implement a farm to school program and/or ready to use lesson plans to teach children about agriculture and how food is grown.

Montana Farm to School Resources:   www.opi.mt.gov/Farm2School

National Farm to School Network Resources:   http://www.farmtoschool.org/

Resource Library for Educators from USDA:
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/educators.html
Check out this web site for a variety of resources you can use in teaching children about food, nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Serving Up My Plate: A Yummy Curriculum (USDA - Team Nutrition)
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/servingupmyplate.htm
Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy
Lesson plans for teachers are available in three levels: Level 1 (grades 1-2); Level 2 (grades 3-4); and Level 3 (grades 5-6).

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Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes webinar and resource sheet
Sports nutrition basics for young athletes. Teaching how to build good eating habits for success and performance and determining how much is enough and paying attention to the body's hunger cues.

DIG IN! Standards-Based Nutrition Education Curriculum from the Ground Up (USDA Team Nutrition)
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/dig_in.html
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. Dig In! includes a teacher’s lesson and garden guide, parent newsletters, posters.

Eat Smart Be Smart: Teaching Nutrition through Math, Science, Language Arts and Health Enhancement Curriculum Guide
www.opi.mt.gov/eatsmartmtcurriculum
This Montana made curriculum contains a total of 36 lessons (6 per grade level) for grades K-5. Check out the K-2 lessons which not only teach children important nutrition concepts on healthful eating but also reinforce math, science, language art skills. Each lesson is designed for a 30-40 minute time frame.

Fun Fruit and Veggie Lessons
Four step-by-step lesson plans created by Montana Team Nutrition for use with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program or for general nutrition education.

Serving Up My Plate: A Yummy Curriculum (USDA - Team Nutrition) http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/servingupmyplate.htm
Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities.

Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. Lesson plans for teachers are available in three levels: Level 1 (grades 1-2); Level 2 (grades 3-4); and Level 3 (grades 5-6).

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom: http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/AgClassroom/

National Farm to School Network Resources:   http://www.farmtoschool.org/

Montana Farm to School Resources:   www.opi.mt.gov/Farm2School
Check out these websites for a variety of resources to support your efforts to implement a farm to school program and/or teach children about agriculture and how food is grown.

Resource Library for Educators from USDA:
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/educators.html
Check out this web site for a variety of resources you can use in teaching children about food, nutrition and healthy eating habits.

The Great Garden Detective (USDA Team Nutrition)
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/gardendetective.html
Students will discover what fruits and vegetables are the sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home. This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers

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Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes webinar and resource sheet
Sports nutrition basics for young athletes. Teaching how to build good eating habits for success and performance and determining how much is enough and paying attention to the body's hunger cues.

Serving Up My Plate: A Yummy Curriculum (USDA - Team Nutrition)
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/servingupmyplate.htm
Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy
Lesson plans for teachers are available in three levels: Level 1 (grades 1-2); Level 2 (grades 3-4); and Level 3 (grades 5-6).

Nutrition Voyage: A Quest to Be Your Best (USDA Team Nutrition)
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/nutritionvoyage.htm
This curriculum guide takes 7th and 8th grade classes on an exploratory journey into school wellness. There are three inquiry-driven lessons for each grade, which include:

  • Engaging ways for students to learn about making healthy nutrition and physical activity choices
  • Standards-aligned activities for Math, Science, and English Language Arts
  • Opportunities for students to investigate, participate in a challenge, evaluate, and reflect.

Eat to Be Fit: Nutrition Informational Handouts --
Eat to be Fit is a series of twelve informational handouts for teenagers. These handouts address various nutrition topics that were identified by teens to be of most interest and importance to them.
http://www.opi.mt.gov/programs/healthtopics/fit.html

DIG IN! Standards-Based Nutrition Education Curriculum from the Ground Up (USDA Team Nutrition)
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/dig_in.html
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. Dig In! includes a teacher’s lesson and garden guide, parent newsletters, posters.

National Farm to School Network Resources:   http://www.farmtoschool.org/

Montana Farm to School Resources:   www.opi.mt.gov/Farm2School

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom: http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/AgClassroom/
Check out these websites for a variety of resources to support your efforts to implement a farm to school program and/or teach children about agriculture and how food is grown.

Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help (USDA Team Nutrition)
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/healthiermiddleschools.htm
This resource contains a series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students in school wellness efforts. This kit includes an audience-tested video and a print handout for teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students to engage a coordinated effort in creating a healthier school environment.
Your Own Healthy Eating Style Curriculum
This Montana made curriculum is geared for grade 6-8 students and contains six lesson plans that addresses healthy eating strategies, active living and healthy body image.
/pdf/health/bodyimagecurr.pdf

Resource Library for Educators from USDA:
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/educators.html
Check out this web site for a variety of resources you can use in teaching children about food, nutrition and healthy eating habits.

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Nourish Curriculum
http://www.nourishlife.org/teach/cur

The Nourish Curriculum Guide offers a rich set of resources to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability. Beautifully designed and brimming with big ideas, the materials contain a viewing guide, seven learning activities, student handouts, a bibliography, and a glossary. It may be used in social studies, science, health, or English classes. Activity themes include The Story of Food; Seasonal, Local Food; Food Traditions; Food and Ecosystems; Analyzing Food Ads; School Lunch Survey; and Action Projects.

Eat to Be Fit: Nutrition Informational Handouts --
Eat to be Fit is a series of twelve informational handouts for teenagers. These handouts address various nutrition topics that were identified by teens to be of most interest and importance to them.
http://www.opi.mt.gov/programs/healthtopics/fit.html

Nutrition Education for Texas
http://netx.squaremeals.org
Here you will find quick links to lesson plans and nutrition information for many topics and grade levels. All materials align with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Kids Health in the Classroom
http://classroom.kidshealth.org/
This website has curriculum materials, categorized by grades, covering many areas of health.

PBS Teacher Source: Health and Fitness
www.pbs.org/teachersource/healthandfitness
Here you will find lesson plans and online activities on many health and fitness topic – plus professional development opportunities tied to PBS programming!

Center for Young Women’s Health: Nutrition and Fitness
http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/nutrition_menu.html
The Center for Young Women’s Health at Children’s Hospital Boston provides teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information. There is lots of great information on general nutrition, sports nutrition, overall fitness and eating disorders.

USDA-FNS Child Nutrition Materials Database
http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/schoolmeals/Resource_Cafe/Resource_Search.php
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MyPlate Kids Place (USDA)
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids/ParentsEducators.html
MyPlate Kids' Place has resources that can help children make healthier choices. ChooseMyPlate.gov offers science-based advice to help kids and their parents build healthy meals and maintain or achieve a healthy weight. Parents and teachers are invited to use the MyPlate Kids' Place resources to deliver credible information and find “teachable moments” that will influence children’s choices at home and at school.

Let’s Move! Parent Page:
http://www.letsmove.gov/parents
Check out the resources and recommended action steps for motivating children to develop healthy eating habits.

Team Nutrition: Information for Parents
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/parents.html
Team Nutrition, the nutrition education arm of the school meals program, recognizes the importance role parents play in helping children develop healthy lifestyles. This website links you to a wide variety of Team Nutrition materials and information.

Action for Healthy Kids
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/
Action for Healthy Kids is the only nonprofit organization formed specifically to address the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on changes at school. At this website you will find many resources including an entire section dedicated to school wellness policies (Wellness Policy Tool).

Eat Right Montana Coalition
http://www.eatrightmontana.org/eatrighthealthyfamilies.htm
Utilize the simple and delicious recipes, nutrition and physical activity information for helping your family eat right and live an active lifestyle

We Can!
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition) is a national movement designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities a way to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.

Team Up at Home: Team Nutrition Activity Booklet
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/teamupbooklet.html
This is a collection of hands-on nutrition education activities for parents to use with their school-age children. This 36-page activity booklet is in a reproducible format for classroom and community use. Printed: May 2007 (revised)

Center for Young Women’s Health: Nutrition and Fitness
http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/nutrition_menu.html
The Center for Young Women’s Health at Children’s Hospital Boston provides teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information. There is lots of great information on general nutrition, sports nutrition, overall fitness and eating disorders.

National Eatings Disorders Association: Parent Information
http://www.edap.org/
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School Meals
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/
This is the main website for all USDA school meals programs.

Team Nutrition
http://www.teamnutrition.usda.gov
Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

National Food Service Management Institute
http://www.nfsmi.org/
This site has numerous training resources available to managers and food service assistants on topics from food safety, portion control, menu planning and food preparation.

Healthy Meals Resource System
http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/
At this site is a wide array of information for individuals working within school-based child nutrition programs.

Farm to School  Resources 
USDA  - http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school
Vermont FEED - http://www.vtfeed.org/

HealthierUS School Challenge
Here you will find criteria, instructions and the application packet for the HealthierUS School Challenge Program. This program was put in place to encourage schools to achieve excellence relative to healthy school meals and an environment that supports active living.

Making It Happen: School Nutrition Success Stories
http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/nutrition/Making-It-Happen/
This resource, developed through the Centers for Disease Control, illustrates a wide variety of approaches that schools have taken to improve student nutrition. The information is presented as case studies of school nutrition success stories from around the country.

Food Safety School Action Guide
http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/foodsafety/actionguide.htm
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Montana Nutrition Education for Youth and Families Programs Directory

Montana State University Extension Service, Nutrition and Nutrition Education Programs
Food and Nutrition http://www.msuextension.org/nutrition/
Nutrition Education and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education Programs
http://www.msuextension.org/nep/
 Local counties agents are available to conduct a regional Nutrition Education for Teachers Class (graduate level college class or for OPI credit), please contact Katie Bark, RD at Montana Team Nutrition Program for more information on this service. Katie can be reached at (406) 994-5641 or by e-mail at kbark@mt.gov

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom: http://agr.mt.gov/agr/Programs/AgClassroom/
Access this site for standards-based curriculum resources to teach students about agriculture.  Contact Lori Brenneman, Agricultural Literacy Specialist at (406) 437-1906 or by e-mail at lbrenneman@mt.gov

Farm to School Program Chapters
Gallatin County  http://gvf2s.wordpress.com/
Chapters are sprouting up all over the state. See the following web site for information in Flathead, and Missoula counties http://www.farmtoschool.org/state-programs.php?id=9

Eat Right Montana Coalition
http://www.eatrightmontana.org/

Montana Action for Healthy Kids
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/in-your-state/clear

thermometerSchool HACCP/Food Safety

In 2004, as passed in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, each Local Educational Agency (LEA) is required to implement a Food Safety Program Based on the Process Approach to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Principles by July 1, 2005. The requirements included in the law apply to all schools participating in the School Nutrition Programs (e.g. National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Special Milk Program).

The Montana Office of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Program’s staff is very proud of the food safety and sanitation practices followed by Montana school food service program staff, as witnessed during scheduled audits or annual visits. State Agency staff will provide regular training and technical assistance on School-Based HACCP to school personnel via regional and statewide workshops, Montana Lunchline electronic list serve and individual school visits.

Developing a School Food Service Program Based on the Process Approach to HACCP Principles

Under this same Act, it is also required that School Food Authorities receive two food safety inspections from the local county sanitarian each year. Food Service Authorities are encouraged to send a written request to their local county sanitarian inviting them to inspect their program to meet this new requirement. Utilize the sample memorandum on school stationary in corresponding with local sanitarians.
Letter to Request Sanitation Inspection

Schools should have a Food Safety -HACCP Plan started by the end of school year 2005-06. The USDA recognizes that HACCP is a process that takes time, and that LEAs may be in different stages of readiness by the end of the school year. Education and training is a critical step and the foundation of implementing an effective food safety plan. It is recommended that schools follow the steps outlined in this handout:
Steps to Developing a Food Safety/HACCP Plan

The Office of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Programs has partnered with other food safety stakeholders to meet common food safety training needs and requirements in Montana. The Montana School-Based HACCP Partnership Team includes the Office of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Programs, Montana State University (MSU) Extension Food and Nutrition, Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), the Montana Department of Livestock and MSU College of Agriculture.

Serving It Safe, 3rd Edition provides foodservice personnel at all levels with an up-to-date source of information for managing a safe and sanitary foodservice operation. Use this resource to train a new employee or as a basis of an in-service on a review of important key food safety concept for all employees.
http://nfsmi-web01.nfsmi.olemiss.edu/ResourceOverview.aspx?ID=327

  • ServSafe Trainings Scheduled in Montana, 2014
  • ServSafe Food Safety Training 8 hour* - Certification This intensive ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Training of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) will give foodservice managers the knowledge they need to understand HACCP concepts. Participants are given an in-depth knowledge of food safety and sanitation. The certification is good for 5 years and must be retaken every five years as recommended by the NRA.
  • ServSafeFood Safety Training 4 hour - Employee This basic ServSafe Training of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) will give foodservice employees the knowledge they need to understand the basics of food safety and sanitation. This class is recommended for all employees and should be taken immediately upon employment or within the first year of employment. It should be taken every five years as recommended by the NRA.

*Foodservice Managers are required to be ServSafe certified prior to attending a School HACCP training.
Go To: Official ServSafe Web Site

Regional and statewide training sessions are offered throughout the school year. There is no charge for attending these workshops. They are conducted by a team of trainers from OPI, MSU Extension and a local county health department (sanitarian).

Training workshops are based on materials developed by the National Food Service Management Institute (http://www.nfsmi.org/) They include:

Workshop Participant Workbook:
/PDF/schoolfood/HACCP/developing_fs_wkbk.pdf

Montana Workshops PowerPoint Slide Presentation
/PDF/schoolfood/HACCP/HACCPFall06dev_fs.pdf

Based on the NFSMI materials, a school can utilize the following items to develop their plan:

Montana Template Plan:
/pdf/SchoolFood/HACCP/MT_HACCP_Template.doc

USDA's Recipes for schools (2006 version)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Resources/usda_recipes.html

Food Storage Temperature Monthly Log Chart:
/PDF/schoolfood/HACCP/FoodStorageTemp.pdf

HACCP Based Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs): (from NFSMI)
http://sop.nfsmi.org/HACCPBasedSOPs.php

Breakfast in the Classroom SOP /pdf/SchoolFood/HACCP/SOP_Breakrast_Classrm.doc
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program SOP /pdf/SchoolFood/HACCP/SOP_FFVP.doc

Types of Food Thermometers:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/food_safety_education/Types_of_Food_Thermometers/index.asp

Food Temperature Chart:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/thermy

National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI):
http://www.nfsmi.org

Choice Plus Food Safety Supplement
http://nfsmi-web01.nfsmi.olemiss.edu/DocumentDownload.aspx?id=142

FDA Food Code:
http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/RetailFoodProtection/FoodCode/default.htm

FDA Food Safety
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov

A Biosecurity Checklist for School Foodservice Programs
http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/hsmrs/biosecurity.pdf

ACDA Food Safety/Food Defense Response Plan
http://www.commodityfoods.org/files/FOOD SAFETY RESPONSE PLAN.doc

Noroviruses and Food Handlers:
/PDF/SchoolFood/HACCP/NorovirusesFoodHandlers.pdf

Noroviruses Information Sheet for Food Handlers
/PDF/SchoolFood/HACCP/11SeptNorovirusInfoSheet.pdf

DPHHS School Retail Licensing Memo
/PDF/SchoolFood/HACCP/11DPHHSSchoolRetailLicensingMemo.pdf

These websites provide the latest information on all food recalls and alerts as well as food illness outbreaks. 

http://www.foodsafety.gov/

http://www.recalls.gov/food.html

Farm to School Boulder Farm to School student

Montana Farm to School Success Story
Packs for Panthers

The students at Boulder Elementary School, otherwise known as the Panthers, couldn’t be in better hands.  In a district where free and reduced price lunch eligibility is 68%, the school has taken measures to assure that all kids are receiving the healthy food they need, to make the most of the excellent education they are being offered. We all know what it is like to feel hungry on occasion; learning becomes impossible when all you can think about is food. Students need brain food, and that is exactly what Boulder Elementary is serving up. The 21st Century Community Learning Center, run by Rochelle Hesford, at Boulder Elementary, has been helping to connect kids to their food, through their community garden, for the past 10 years.  The children learn to plant, tend and harvest produce as well as to cook and eat it.  Their afterschool snacks and summer lunches are in part, supplied by the garden’s bounty. Over the past 2 years, with the help of National FoodCorps Member, Camille McGovern, these garden vegetables have been finding their way into the students’ lunches and school snacks. In the expert hands of the new Food Service Director and noted local restaurateur, Lisa Giulio, the children enjoy kale salads, coleslaw and pesto made from garden produce, in their school lunches, and Camille has helped start up the Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program, which exposes the kids to local produce from around the state.

Boulder Elementary is thinking outside the box when it comes to making sure their students are taken care of. They have partnered with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank to send home packages full of food for weekend meals, with their students. They employed a unique approach so as to reduce the stigma attached to receiving the packs and to ensure all students in need would be getting one. They decided to make the packs available for all their students, and allow them to opt-out of the offering, rather than requiring them to opt-in.

It has been a great success, currently, 133 out of 183, or 72.6% of their student body, are receiving weekend food packs; a number that closely aligns to their free and reduced percentages. Not enough? Children participating in the afterschool program or volunteering in the garden, can take home produce to their families during harvest season, and other community members have access to their fresh vegetables every Thursday at the Farmer’s Market, where students learn business skills and help to subsidize participation in the 21st Century Programs, for those who would otherwise not be able to partake.  None of this could have been accomplished without the strong support of the community and school leadership.  Boulder is a great example of what people can do by working together and investing in their greatest assets, the children. Nicely done Boulder!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ~Cassie Drynan, MDI Intern

National Farm to School Month

 

 

Farm to School Month - Under the Big Sky

 

National Farm to School Month
This site has numerous resources from activity and menu ideas to posters to a communications toolkit to help you promote your activity. Make sure to put your event on the Event Map and take the Farm to School Counts pledge for your chance to win a cash prize.

Montana Farm to School Month Webinar – October 1 at 4:00pm
Get ideas of ways to celebrate Farm to School Month from around Montana. Also, find resources that are available nationally and in Montana. Hosted by Montana Rural Health Initiative.

Sample School Board Resolution
This sample Farm to School Month school board resolution can be adapted for use at any school district. This is a great step to take and easy to do.

Food Day – October 24th
Check out the School Curriculum guide for this day, put your event on the calendar, and receive your Food Day resources.

Taking Root: 2012 Montana Farm to School Conference - Coming soon: conference presentations, handouts, and other information will be available.

How are you celebrating National Farm to School Month this October? Are you eating farm fresh foods in your school cafeteria? Embarking on a farm field trip? Learning in a school garden? Organizing a local food school fundraiser? There are so many fun ways to celebrate! Check out the following resources to help you get started.

Frequently Asked Questions About Farm to School Programs

USDA Farm to School Team Summary Report for 2010

Planting the Seeds of Healthy Eating through School Gardens – April 27, 2011 Webinar

Connecting our Schools to Local Foods: Montana's Farm to School Programs - September 22, 2009 Webinar
Presenters: Katie Bark and Mary Stein, Montana Team Nutrition Program

PowerPoint Presentation

National Farm to School Month – Celebrate Every October

 

Farm to School Resources

Educators

Journey of Milk
The Journey of Milk is designed for use in upper elementary school classrooms to introduce students to dairy farm operations, the steps in producing and processing milk, interesting facts about cows and the dairy industry, and the nutritional value of dairy foods. Includes 30 student handouts and teacher guide.

Rethinking School Lunch: A Curriculum Resource from the Center for Ecoliteracy
The Rethinking School Lunch Program creates a framework for a comprehensive curriculum that integrates campus gardens, kitchen classrooms, school lunch, and a wide range of academic subjects. This program uses a systems approach to address the crisis in childhood obesity, provide nutrition education, and teach ecological knowledge.

The Farmer Grows a Rainbow
This is a set of pre-K through 5th grade activities that were developed in order to
connect Ag in the Classroom activities with the MyPyramid resources from
USDA.

Discover Dairy
An engaging, interactive, cross-curricular, multi-leveled lesson series designed
for upper elementary-aged students. Helps students understand where milk
comes from and the many ways dairy farms contribute to our lives.

Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE ) Curriculum Series
Developed at Teachers College at Columbia University, this series of modules,
intended for students from grades 4-6, promotes scientific habits of mind through
thoughtful, inquiry-based activities that integrate the study of food, food systems,
and environmental and personal health.

All About Farmer’s Markets: A Teaching Guide for Classrooms, Camps and
Community Programs

This 116 page guide, containing games, songs and activities, helps to children
make the connection between the land, the food we eat, and our health and wellbeing.
Intended for pre-K through 2nd grade.

Healthy Food Choices – From the Farm to Your Table – a selection of resources for children.

Selection of Books for Elementary Children:

  • Williams-Paisley, Kimberly (with Gurney Williams III) Henry and the Hidden Veggie
    Garden, Silverback Books, Inc. 2008
  • Ehlert, Lois, Growing Vegetable Soup, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1987
  • Gibbons, Gail. The Milk Makers, Aladdin Books, Macmillan Publishing Company, New
    York, 1985.
  • Ehlert, Lois. Eating the Alphabet, Harcourt Brace and Company, Orlando, 1989
Mmm Mmm Montana: Delicious food that is grown right here in Montana Poster
Mmm Mmm Montana Poster
Classroom or Cafeteria Activities
Montana Food and Farm Trivia
Mmm Pyramid Adventure Activity
THINK TWO Snack Activity
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo Match Game
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo Match Game Answers

The Traditional Uses of the Buffalo activity was developed by United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck ND, and is part of the Buffalo and Native American Wellness Resource. For more information on this resource, go to: http://landgrant.uttc.edu

Summary of the 2009 Farm to School Mini Grant Projects

With funding from the 2008 USDA Team Nutrition Training Grant, we were able to fund eight Montana Farm to School Mini Grants for a total of 6,000 to support farm to school related projects.  The grants are designed to support Montana school districts or community organizations in their efforts to develop and implement Farm-to-School Program and that take positive, sustainable action steps to support this effort.  Summary of the 2009 Farm to School Mini Grant Projects

Russell School, Mssoula County Public Schools, Mini-Grant Project
Flyer for the Bike Rally and Local Food Festival
Short video of the Bike Rally and Local Food Festival

Montana Farm to School Stories

Panther Packs in Boulder, Montana

 

School Gardens

List of School Gardens in Montana
School Garden Q&A for School Food Service

The Edible Schoolyard
The Edible Schoolyard (ESY) is a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation.  Website resources include garden lesson, kitchen lessons and classroom lessons… and much more.  http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/

Food Safety in the School Garden: University of Maryland Extension
http://www.growit.umd.edu/Youth%20Gardening/foodsafety.pdf

Gardening with Kids.org
Lots of resources for conducting fun and engaging activities with children.

Kids Gardening.org
A website created by the National Gardening Association with links to loads of information and resources related to gardening with children.

Nancy’s Garden Kits
Newest feature of the Governor and First Lady's Math & Science Initiative. Nancy's Garden provides a gardening experience for every 4th grade student by supplying grow boxes, seeds, lesson plans and instructions for each classroom.

School Garden Wizard
A resource created for America's K-12 school community through a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden. http://www.schoolgardenwizard.org/

School Food Professionals

Cooks for Kids Season Three: Cooking Green Across America
Episode three of this series features Missoula County Public Schools' Farm to School initiatives.

Local Food Procurement Resources
Guidelines for Purchasing Local Foods
Procuring Montana Beef for Montana Schools
Procurement Facts about Beef
Beef Processors Around Montana
USDA Memo - Procurement Geographic Preference Q&A’s (SP_18_2011)
How to Apply Geographic Preference – a resource from the National Farm to School Network

Mmm Mmm Montana: Delicious food that is grown right here in Montana Poster
Mmm Mmm Montana Poster Classroom or Cafeteria Activities
Montana Food and Farm Trivia
Mmm Pyramid Adventure Activity
THINK TWO Snack Activity
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo Match Game
Traditional Uses of the Buffalo Match Game Answers
The Traditional Uses of the Buffalo activity was developed by United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck ND, and is part of the Buffalo and Native American Wellness Resource. For more information on this resource, go to: http://landgrant.uttc.edu

Links to Montana Food Producers
Abundant Montana: AERO’s Directory to Sustainably Grown Montana Food
Montana Vendor List from Farm to Cafeteria Connections (Grow Montana)
Montana Department of Commerce: Made in Montana Program (food/beverage list)

Fundraising Activities

Schools often rely on fundraising activities to supplement budgets and pay for equipment, supplies and events. Unfortunately, these fundraisers often include the sale of unhealthy foods. OPI School Nutrition Programs and Montana Team Nutrition recognize the importance of addressing the availability of healthy food options throughout the school environment, including school fundraising.

Here you will find sample resources to help your school implement a fundraising program that raises money through the sale of Montana-made healthy food products. The sample resources you will find here were developed through the pilot offering of this Montana Farm to School Fundraising Program, conducted in the fall of 2008. Feel free to adapt these resources for your needs to develop a fundraising program in your school/district.

friends!Forms and Guidelines

The Office of Public Instruction offers the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Afterschool Snack Program, and Special Milk Program (SMP) to Montana's public and private schools, as well as Residential Child Care Institutions.

Administrative Update for Schools 2012-13

Contacts:
Teresa Motlas, R.D., 406.444.3532

Disclaimer; These Word forms are made available for your district's use. They are NOT OPI Forms. You are free to alter or tailor the form to your district's needs. OPI will not be responsible for the contents of the document. OPI does not provide support on how to use Microsoft products.

Warning: Microsoft Word documents may contain malicious macro viruses. To prevent the possibility of downloading a virus, you should have modern virus protection installed, have virus definitions up-to-date, and the latest operating system patches installed prior to downloading documents from any web site or e-mail.

Nutrition Education Resources

The links below will lead you to age-appropriate and accurate nutrition education resources and lesson plans. Click on one of the following categories to find information specific to your needs.

Childcare Nutrition Resource Center Team Nutrition
http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=14&tax_level=1
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/childcare.html
These two websites contain a wealth of nutrition resources designed for childcare providers and early childhood educators to teach young chldren healthy eating and physical activity habits.

Eat Smart Play Hard
http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhard/
This interactive website is about encouraging and teaching kids and adults to eat healthy and be physically active everyday. The website also contains links to a wide variety of resources and tools for teaching young children.

Healthy Start: Wellness Concepts and Behaviors
www.healthy-start.com/prog_healthy.html
Here you will find terrific age-appropriate materials to teach healthy lifestyles to preschoolers. Concepts are presented in the context of songs, stories, rhymes, art projects and other activities.

Kids Health in the Classroom
http://classroom.kidshealth.org/
This website has curriculum materials, categorized by grades, covering many areas of health.

KID-FIT: Physical Education Classes for Preschoolers
http://kid-fit.com/
KID-FIT provides preschool children, their primary caretakers, and educators a structured curriculum for promoting healthy lifestyle habits.

PBS Teacher Source: Health and Fitness
www.pbs.org/teachersource/healthandfitness
Here you will find lesson plans and online activities on many health and fitness topic – plus professional development opportunities tied to PBS programming!

Nutrition Explorations
http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/educators/lessons-main.asp
At this website you will find fun, hands-on, and interactive activities from the National Dairy Council. Specific age-appropriate lessons are available for pre-k to upper elementary grades.

Dole 5-A-Day
http://www.dole5aday.com
There is an extensive teacher section to this website. Here you will find resources and lesson plans to encourage children to increase their consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables. The “Jammin’ 5-A-Day Songs” are a must!

MyPyramid Lessons from University of Missouri Extension
http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/teaching.htm
Here you will find lesson plans on MyPyramid. Materials are free to download and you will also find links to other great resources.

Cooks for Kids Season Three: Cooking Green Across America
Episode three of this series features Missoula County Public Schools' Farm to School initiatives.

Eat Smart Be Smart: Teaching Nutrition through Math, Science, Language Arts and Health Enhancement Curriculum Guide
/PDF/CurriculumGuides/NutritionEd/
This Montana made curriculum contains a total of 36 lessons (6 per grade level) for grades K-5. Check out the K-2 lessons which not only teach children important nutrition concepts on healthful eating but also reinforce math, science, language art skills. Each lesson is designed for a 30-40 minute time frame.

Fun Fruit and Veggie Lessons
Four step-by-step lesson plans created by Montana Team Nutrition for use with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program or for general nutrition education.

Fruit and Vegetable Classroom Activities
Easy activity ideas and materials from the North Carolina Nutrition Education and Training Program.

My Pyramid for Kids (USDA - Team Nutrition)
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/resources/mypyramidclassroom.html
This website links you to educational materials developed at the elementary school level to help children learn the MyPyramid food guidance system. Lesson plans for teachers are available in three levels: Level 1 (grades 1-2); Level 2 (grades 3-4); and Level 3 (grades 5-6).

Nutrition Explorations
http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/educators/lessons-main.asp
At this website you will find fun, hands-on, and interactive activities from the National Dairy Council. Specific age-appropriate lessons are available for pre-k to upper elementary grades.

Pick a Better Snack & Act
www.idph.state.ia.us/pickabettersnack/teachers.asp
Here you will find a series of 10 minute lessons that cover MyPyramid, seasonal fruit and vegetables, physical activity and more. Reproducible masters of classroom activities are available here.

Organwise Guys
http://www.organwiseguys.com/
This award winning website has evaluated materials that have been proven effective in helping kids understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. There are some free preview materials. Cost for ordering materials.

Cooking with Kids New Mexico
www.cookingwithkids.net
This site contains many downloadable lessons that support multiple curriculum areas including math, science, social studies, language arts, music and art. Materials are available in English and Spanish. A complete curriculum is available for purchase.

MyPyramid Lessons from University of Missouri Extension
http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/teaching.htm
Here you will find lesson plans on MyPyramid. Materials are free to download and you will also find links to other great resources.

PBS Teacher Source: Health and Fitness
www.pbs.org/teachersource/healthandfitness
Here you will find lesson plans and online activities on many health and fitness topic – plus professional development opportunities tied to PBS programming!

Cooks for Kids Season Three: Cooking Green Across America
Episode three of this series features Missoula County Public Schools' Farm to School initiatives.

Eat Smart Be Smart: Teaching Nutrition through Math, Science, Language Arts and Health Enhancement Curriculum Guide
This Montana made curriculum contains a total of 36 lessons (6 per grade level) for grades K-5. Check out the K-2 lessons which not only teach children important nutrition concepts on healthful eating but also reinforce math, science, language art skills. Each lesson is designed for a 30-40 minute time frame.

Fun Fruit and Veggie Lessons
Four step-by-step lesson plans created by Montana Team Nutrition for use with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program or for general nutrition education.

Fruit and Vegetable Classroom Activities
Easy activity ideas and materials from the North Carolina Nutrition Education and Training Program.

Journey of Milk
http://westerndairyassociation.org/schools/dairy-farm-to-school/
The Journey of Milk is designed for use in upper elementary school classrooms to introduce students to dairy farm operations, the steps in producing and processing milk, interesting facts about cows and the dairy industry, and the nutritional value of dairy foods. Includes 30 student handouts and teacher guide.

My Pyramid for Kids
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/resources/mypyramidclassroom.html This website links you to educational materials developed at the elementary school level to help children learn the MyPyramid food guidance system. Lesson plans for teachers are available in three levels: Level 1 (grades 1-2); Level 2 (grades 3-4); and Level 3 (grades 5-6).

Nancy’s Garden Kits
http://mathscience.mt.gov/pages/nancysgarden.htm Newest feature of the Governor and First Lady's Math & Science Initiative. Nancy's Garden provides a gardening experience for every 4th grade student by supplying grow boxes, seeds, lesson plans and instructions for each classroom.

Nutrition Explorations
http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/educators/lessons-main.asp At this website you will find fun, hands-on, and interactive activities from the National Dairy Council. Specific age-appropriate lessons are available for pre-k to upper elementary grades.

Ready, Set, FIT!
www.readysetfit.org Here you will find a curriculum (developed in 2006) on balancing physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being. Sponsored by the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP.

WIN the Rockies Kids Lessons
http://www.uwyo.edu/WINTHEROCKIES_EDUR/WINKidsLessons.asp Here you will find thirteen nutrition, physical activity and body image lessons. Lessons are appropriate for classroom and non-classroom settings and are aligned to national (as well as ID, MT & WY) health education standards. Pre- and post- assessment tools are included.

Pick a Better Snack & Act
www.idph.state.ia.us/pickabettersnack/teachers.asp Here you will find a series of 10 minute lessons that cover MyPyramid, seasonal fruit and vegetables, physical activity and more. Reproducible masters of classroom activities are available here.

MyPyramid Lessons from University of Missouri Extension
http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/teaching.htm Here you will find lesson plans on MyPyramid. Materials are free to download and you will also find links to other great resources.

PBS Teacher Source: Health and Fitness
www.pbs.org/teachersource/healthandfitness Here you will find lesson plans and online activities on many health and fitness topic – plus professional development opportunities tied to PBS programming!

Kidnetic.com
http://kidnetic.com/ Kidnetic.com is a healthy eating and active living Web site for kids ages 9-12 and their families. The site is intended to encourage kids and their parents to begin the process of behavior change toward healthy lifestyles.

Kidnetic.com Leader’s Guide: Healthy Eating and Active Living Ideas and Activities for Kids and Families
http://ific.org/kidnetic The Leader’s Guide, based on the content and energy of Kidnetic.com, offers 13 peer-reviewed modules, appropriate for use in community-based health education programs.

What’s Cooking in the Classroom Curriculum
http://www.rutgers.njfsnep.org/edu_materials/default.asp Here you will find curriculum materials that cover nutrition concepts through language arts and heritage storytelling lessons. Lessons were designed by teachers and health professionals.

WIN the Rockies Kids Lessons
http://www.uwyo.edu/WINTHEROCKIES_EDUR/WINKidsLessons.asp
Here you will find thirteen nutrition, physical activity and body image lessons. Lessons are appropriate for classroom and non-classroom settings and are aligned to national (as well as ID, MT & WY) health education standards. Pre- and post- assessment tools are included.

MyPyramid Lessons from University of Missouri Extension
http://extension.missouri.edu/fnep/teaching.htm
Here you will find lesson plans on MyPyramid. Materials are free to download and you will also find links to other great resources.

Eat to Be Fit: Nutrition Informational Handouts --
Eat to be Fit is a series of twelve informational handouts for teenagers. These handouts address various nutrition topics that were identified by teens to be of most interest and importance to them.
http://www.opi.mt.gov/programs/healthtopics/fit.html

Your Own Healthy Eating Style Curriculum
This Montana made curriculum is geared for grade 6-8 students and contains six lesson plans that addresses healthy eating strategies, active living and healthy body image.
/PDF/health/bodyimagecurr.pdf

Agriculture in the Classroom
http://www.agclassroom.org/
Agriculture in the Classroom is program coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture with the goal of helping students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in society and in their lives. This site has links to quality information as well as terrific science fair ideas!

PBS Teacher Source Health and Fitness
www.pbs.org/teachersource/healthandfitness
Here you will find lesson plans and online activities on many health and fitness topic – plus professional development opportunities tied to PBS programming!

Kidnetic.com
http://kidnetic.com/
Kidnetic.com is a healthy eating and active living Web site for kids ages 9-12 and their families. The site is intended to encourage kids and their parents to begin the process of behavior change toward healthy lifestyles.

Kidnetic.com Leader’s Guide: Healthy Eating and Active Living Ideas and Activities for Kids and Families
http://ific.org/kidnetic/
The Leader’s Guide, based on the content and energy of Kidnetic.com, offers 13 peer-reviewed modules, appropriate for use in community-based health education programs.

Discovering the Food System: An Experiential Learning Program for Young and Inquiring Minds
http://foodsys.cce.cornell.edu
Here you will find an online curriculum for youth ages 12 to 18. Curriculum investigates the entire food system from farm to table and how we, as eaters, are involved in this system. Entire program is downloadable and free!

Center for Young Women’s Health Nutrition and Fitness
http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/nutrition_menu.html
The Center for Young Women’s Health at Children’s Hospital Boston provides teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information. There is lots of great information on general nutrition, sports nutrition, overall fitness and eating disorders.

Nutrition Essentials:
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/nut_essentials.pdf
This 2007 resource from USDA’s Team Nutrition contains lesson plans, student worksheets, informational handouts and more to help students make food and physical activity choices that support healthy living. Hard copies of this resource have been sent to schools enrolled in the Team Nutrition program. The entire document is also available online as a pdf file.

Eat to Be Fit: Nutrition Informational Handouts --
Eat to be Fit is a series of twelve informational handouts for teenagers. These handouts address various nutrition topics that were identified by teens to be of most interest and importance to them.
http://www.opi.mt.gov/programs/healthtopics/fit.html

California Project LEAN Resource Library
http://www.californiaprojectlean.org/resourcelibrary/
Here you will find several terrific resources. Jump Start Teens is a series of lesson plans for teens on nutrition and physical activity – these resources have been recently updated. Playing the Policy Game Advocacy Guide is a tool kit intended to help teens interested in making policy change supporting healthy eating and active living.

Nutrition Education for Texas
http://netx.squaremeals.org
Here you will find quick links to lesson plans and nutrition information for many topics and grade levels. All materials align with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Kids Health in the Classroom
http://classroom.kidshealth.org/
This website has curriculum materials, categorized by grades, covering many areas of health.

PBS Teacher Source: Health and Fitness
www.pbs.org/teachersource/healthandfitness
Here you will find lesson plans and online activities on many health and fitness topic – plus professional development opportunities tied to PBS programming!

Center for Young Women’s Health: Nutrition and Fitness
http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/nutrition_menu.html
The Center for Young Women’s Health at Children’s Hospital Boston provides teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information. There is lots of great information on general nutrition, sports nutrition, overall fitness and eating disorders.

Discovering the Food System: An Experiential Learning Program for Young and Inquiring Minds
http://foodsys.cce.cornell.edu
Here you will find an online curriculum for youth ages 12 to 18. Curriculum investigates the entire food system from farm to table and how we, as eaters, are involved in this system. Entire program is downloadable and free!

Destination Wellness: You’re in the Driver’s Seat
www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/programs/schoolnutrition/Destination_Wellness.htm
Here you will find eight lessons that are aligned with national standards for health education in nutrition for high school students. Lessons are interactive and include a variety of hands-on activities.

Feeding Minds Fighting Hunger
(from the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations)
http://www.feedingminds.org/
Here you will find a virtual classroom with excellent lesson plans addressing the global problems of hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. The site contains lesson plans, resources and even an interactive forum for students to exchange information with students around the globe.

USDA-FNS Child Nutrition Materials Database
http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/schoolmeals/Resource_Cafe/Resource_Search.php
This site will link you to free and other materials from a wide variety of resources. It has a search function that allows you to search for materials according to target audience, publication dates, topic and more.

Eat Smart Play Hard Healthy Lifestyle
http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhardhealthylifestyle/
This site is specifically designed for parents and caregivers to provide information to help you eat better, be more physically active and be a role model for your kids.

Team Nutrition: Information for Parents
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/parents.html
Team Nutrition, the nutrition education arm of the school meals program, recognizes the importance role parents play in helping children develop healthy lifestyles. This website links you to a wide variety of Team Nutrition materials and information.

Action for Healthy Kids
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/
Action for Healthy Kids is the only nonprofit organization formed specifically to address the epidemic of overweight, undernourished and sedentary youth by focusing on changes at school. At this website you will find many resources including an entire section dedicated to school wellness policies (Wellness Policy Tool).

Home Food Safety
http://www.homefoodsafety.org/index.jsp
This website provides information on food borne illnesses and tips to preventing them and safe food handling practices.

Get Growing From The Ground Up!
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Educators/Garden/index.html
This website supports community institutions and partners to play an important role in influencing children's attitudes and behaviors about food and nutrition. It provides ideas for llinking schools and communities by participating directly in local Team Nutrition activities and reinforcing Team Nutrition's healthy eating and physical activity messages.

Team Up at Home: Team Nutrition Activity Booklet
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/teamupbooklet.html
This is a collection of hands-on nutrition education activities for parents to use with their school-age children. This 36-page activity booklet is in a reproducible format for classroom and community use. Printed: May 2007 (revised)

Kidnetic.com Real-Life Guide for Parents: Helping Your Kids Eat Right and Be Active
http://ific.org/publications/brochures/parentsguide.cfm
This Guide from Kidnetic.com is packed with fun, easy—and even time-saving—ideas and tips that can help you lead your kids down the path to a lifetime of healthful habits.

School Wellness Policies
http://www.schoolwellnesspolicies.org/
As of the fall of 2007, all schools in the U.S. that participate in the National School Meals Program were required to have a School Wellness Policy in Place. Learn more about what a school wellness policy means and how schools are implementing these new policies.

Center for Young Women’s Health: Nutrition and Fitness
http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/nutrition_menu.html
The Center for Young Women’s Health at Children’s Hospital Boston provides teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information. There is lots of great information on general nutrition, sports nutrition, overall fitness and eating disorders.

National Eatings Disorders Association: Parent Information
http://www.edap.org/
This website has an abundance of accurate information on eating disorders. Under the “Resources” link, there is a section called “Resources for Parents and Family Members”.

School Meals
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/
This is the main website for all USDA school meals programs.

Team Nutrition
http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/
Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

National Food Service Management Institute On-line Training Courses
http://www.nfsmi.org/Templates/TemplateDefault.aspx?qs=cElEPTIzOA
This site has numerous classes available to managers and food service assistants on topics from food safety, portion control, menu planning and food preparation.

Healthy Meals Resource System
http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=14&tax_level=1 External Link
At this site is a wide array of information for individuals working within school-based child nutrition programs.

Eat Smart Play Hard
http://www.fns.usda.gov/eatsmartplayhard/
This is the main link to USDA’s campaign to help children eat healthfully and live active lifestyles. Click on the “Professionals Making it Happen” link to find resources and materials to incorporate nutrition education within your foodservice program.

Eat SmartPlay Hard TM Cafeteria Kit

Eat Smart, Farm Fresh
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Guidance/Farm-to-School-Guidance_12-19-2005.pdf
This document is a guide to buying and serving locally grown produce in school meals.

Farm to School Procurement Information Package
http://www.foodsecurity.org/procurement.html
This resource from the Community Food Security Coalition provides guidance and resources to school foodservice programs looking to increase the amount of local food offered in their school meals.

HealthierUS School Challenge
Here you will find criteria, instructions and the application packet for the HealthierUS School Challenge Program. This program was put in place to encourage schools to achieve excellence relative to healthy school meals and an environment that supports active living.

Making It Happen: School Nutrition Success Stories
http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/nutrition/Making-It-Happen/
This resource, developed through the Centers for Disease Control, illustrates a wide variety of approaches that schools have taken to improve student nutrition. The information is presented as case studies of school nutrition success stories from around the country.

Food Safety School Action Guide
http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/foodsafety/actionguide.htm
Brought to you by CDC and its partners in the National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools, the Action Guide can help schools identify gaps in food safety and develop an action plan for becoming food-safe.

Montana State University Extension Service, Nutrition and Nutrition Education Programs
Food and Nutrition http://www.msuextension.org/nutrition/
Nutrition Education and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education Programs
http://www.msuextension.org/nep/
 
Local counties agents are available to conduct a regional Nutrition Education for Teachers Class (graduate level college class or for OPI credit), please contact Katie Bark, RD at Montana Team Nutrition Program for more information on this service. Katie can be reached at (406) 994-5641 or by e-mail at kbark@mt.gov
 
Montana Department of Agriculture
Agriculture in Montana Schools : http://agr.mt.gov/aginmtschools/index.htm
Contact Lori Brenneman, Agricultural Literacy Specialist at (406) 437-1906 or by e-mail at lbrenneman@mt.gov
 
Farm to School Program Chapters
Gallatin County  http://gvf2s.wordpress.com/
Chapters are sprouting up all over the state. See the following web site for information in Flathead, and Missoula countieshttp://www.farmtoschool.org/state-programs.php?id=9
 
Eat Right Montana Coalition
http://www.eatrightmontana.org/
 
Montana Action for Healthy Kids Team
http://www.eatrightmontana.org/eatrightafhk.htm
or the National Action for Healthy Kids web site at: http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/in-your-state/

Food and Nutrition Service Newsroom
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/newsroom.htm
Here you will be linked to current US nutrition news and also have access to an extensive news archive.

Action for Healthy Kids Newsroom
http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/newsroom.php
At the “newsroom” section of the Action for Healthy Kids website, you can find archived news releases, research-based facts and findings on the topics of children’s learning and health and wellness; recent articles that feature Action for Healthy Kids; and monthly newsletters.

Eat Right Montana: Healthy Families Packets
http://www.eatrightmontana.org/eatrighthealthyfamilies.htm
This link will bring you to monthly media packets covering various aspects of healthy eating and active living. Media packets include a cover letter, two educational handouts and a press release.

HealthierUS School Challenge
Each year, more and more Montana schools apply for recognition through the HealthierUS School Challenge program. This website explains the program clearly and will provide important background information for local newspapers covering an award in their region.

Farm to School
http://www.farmtoschool.org/
As Farm to School programs rapidly gain popularity in Montana, this website will help to explain the many facets of a farm to school program. Media groups can find key information by clicking on the Resources link and finds answers to frequently asked questions about Farm to School.

Food Safety and Nutrition Newsroom
http://www.foodinsight.org/News-Room.aspx
The International Food Information Council (IFIC) has created a section of their website dedicated to providing journalists with science-based information and guidance on food safety issues and stories. Not only are there links to recent press releases, journalists will also have access to a section on “Tips for Reporting on Food Safety, Nutrition and Health”.

National Eating Disorders Association: Press Room
http://www.edap.org
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest not-for-profit organization in the United States working to prevent eating disorders and provide treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues. Their website has a link to their press room where they have posted media contact information and guidance for journalists covering the difficult topic of eating disorders.