Healthy Eating & Nutrition EducationInformation about improving nutrition and establishing healthy eating habits in school, child care, adult, and after school settings.
California's Farm to School Program
An education model that connect schools with local farms.
California’s Farm to Preschool Program
The California Department of Education (CDE) provides education, training, and resources to connect farms to preschools.
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.
Support academic standards through cooking in the classroom.
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
Resources and information to help local educational agencies (LEA) ensure that students have adequate seated time to eat their meal after being served.
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.
Meal Patterns & Menu Planning
Information and resources on the federally mandated meal patterns, menu planning options, and meal documentation requirements for all child nutrition programs.
Nutrition Education Resources
Nutrition education publications and links to information and activities for educators and children.
Nutrition Education Online Trainings
Provides free online trainings for professionals serving preschool though grade twelve youth in California. The trainings provide users with knowledge, skills, and easy-to-apply program strategies and resources.
Smarter Lunchrooms Movement
Includes information about the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement (SLM) in California, local training and Webinar schedules, and best practice resource links.
Team California for Healthy Kids Campaign - Nutrition Resources
Nutrition Information and resources to support State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Team California for Healthy Kids Campaign including resources on fresh foods, drinking water, and local school wellness policies.
Information about USDA's program that provides nutrition education materials for children and families and training for food service professionals.
Vegetarian Meal Options in CNPs
Includes definitions of vegetarianism, background, health benefit information, how to take action, resources, online trainings, and policy guidance for program operators participating in the Child Nutrition Programs.
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