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Healthy Eating & Nutrition Education

Information about improving nutrition and establishing healthy eating habits in school, child care, adult, and after school settings.

California Culinary Centers Standardized Recipes
A collection of standardized recipes to support schools across California in creating menus to meet the National School Lunch Program meal pattern.

California's Farm to Child Nutrition Programs
An education model that connect schools with local farms.

California Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Information about applying for and administering the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

California Nutrition Advisory Council
Background and member information for the Child Nutrition Advisory Council (CNAC).

California Preschools SHINE
Information for the Preschools Shaping Healthy Impressions through Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE) program, a recognition and coaching program that showcases child care programs that excel in promoting the health and well-being of children.

Competitive Foods and Beverages
Information, tools, and resources on foods and beverages sold outside of the federally reimbursable meal programs.

Drinking Water for Students in Schools
Chapter 558 of the Statutes of 2010 (Senate Bill 1413, Leno) establishes California Education Code (EC) Section 38086, which requires school districts to provide access to free, fresh drinking water during meal times in school food service areas by July 1, 2011.

Ensuring Adequate Time to Eat
Includes background information, best practices, and resources for program operators participating in the Child Nutrition Programs trying to ensuring students have adequate time to eat during meal times.

Food Pantries in Schools
Food pantries in schools provide children facing food insecurity with easy access to nutritious food. This web page provides information regarding the benefits, operations, policies, resources, and trainings related to school food pantry programs.

Food Safety
Information and links about food safety during food preparations and transfer, and California Uniform Retail Food Facility Law (CURFFL) requirements.

HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms
Information about and instructions on how to apply for a HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms award.

Healthy & Active Preschoolers
A nutrition learning center for child care professionals that offers a variety of online courses and resources to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment in child care programs.

Local School Wellness Policy
Information and resources on the Local School Wellness Policy, Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act of 2004 and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

NSLP and SBP Meal Patterns
Includes meal pattern requirements, trainings, resources, compliance, policy guidance, and questions and answers for sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Nutrition Education Resources
Nutrition education publications and links to information and activities for educators and children.

Plant-Based Meal Options in Child Nutrition Programs
Includes definitions, background, health benefit information, how to take action, resources, online trainings, and policy guidance for program operators participating in the Child Nutrition Programs and interested in offering plant-based meals.

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement
Includes information about the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) in California, local training and Webinar schedules, and best practice resource links.

Team Nutrition
Information about USDA's program that provides nutrition education materials for children and families and training for food service professionals.


Healthy Eating Email List

If you would like to receive information (e.g., training announcements, SHAPE newsletters, etc.) about improving nutrition and establishing healthy eating habits in school, child care, adult, and after school settings, subscribe to the Healthy Eating Email List by sending a "blank" message to join-enpu-web@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

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Questions:   Education and Nutrition Policy Unit | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 17, 2019
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