SCN - Team Nutrition

Posted: Thu, 10/06/2011 - 9:41am Updated: Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:43pm

2013 Team Nutrition Grant Offers Free Training and Sub-grants

School Foodservice Excellence Training (SFET) includes training on Smarter Lunchroom principles and applying for the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC). Smarter Lunchroom practices involve using simple, actionable, low-cost steps designed to increase student selection of healthy meal options and decrease plate waste. Sub-grant opportunities are available to schools that implement the SFET training and apply for the HUSSC.

To learn more, please view our recorded webinar which took place on April 8, 2014. Applications for the sub-grants are due May 15, 2014 and may be downloaded here. Completed applications may be scanned and emailed to Beth Foland at efoland@doe.in.gov.

Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service which supports 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. Team Nutrition's Goal is to improve children's lifelong eating and physical activity habits by using the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid.

HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC)

The HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. Click HERE to view a fact sheet on HUSSC or HERE to visit the USDA's HUSSC on the web for more information.  Indiana celebrated 72 HUSSC award-winning schools at the State House in September 2013.

Click HERE to View Indiana's HealthierUS School Challenge Video Series!

To hear from Foodservice Directors who have already made the changes necessary for HUSSC, please click HERE to view videos documenting their efforts and experiences. Click HERE to access 2010 HUSSC Mini-grant Resources.

Additional Information and Resources

One of the Indiana Team Nutrition's goals is to promote nutrition curriculum and education in schools. We have compiled a list of free resources that can be accessed by clicking on the apple to the left.

Eat Smart. Play Hard. offers resources and tools to convey and reinforce healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPyramid Food Guidance System. Click HERE to learn more.

For additional information regarding nutrition programs, please contact us at nutrition-support@doe.in.gov.