Nutrition and Physical Activity

General Nutrition Resources

American  Heart Association Activities for Kids-Resources and programs including NFL Play60 Challenge and  Meet the Fats.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Health .gov)-The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages individuals to eat a healthful diet — one that focuses on foods and beverages that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight, promote health, and prevent chronic disease. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years.

CDC Dietary Statistics Nutrition Statistics (CDC-Division of Adolescent and School Health)-Provides an overview and statistics on the nutrition and health of young people.

CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity -  Developed in collaboration with nutrition and physical activity experts across the nation, the Guidelines identify the most effective policies and practices schools can implement to help young people adopt and maintain healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle.

School Nutrition Association-Is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing school nutrition professionals across the country. They provide many resources and programs such Breakfast in the Classroom, School Food Equipment Grants, Sanitation, Food Safety and Employee Safety and Local Wellness Policies.

Breakfast Resources

Breakfast Resources-This sub-page contains resources to ensure that every student has the opportunity to start every day with breakfasts. 

Food Insecurity/Hunger

Map the Meal Gap, Food Insecurity in your County-Provides facts on hunger (Food Insecurity) by county in NYS. The site provides information and resources on child hunger and food banks.

No Kid Hungry: Share Our Strength-The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign provides links to state and city-based campaigns, and organizations across the country to bring local solutions to the problem of childhood hunger with specific resources on school breakfast, after-school and summer meals.

Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60-National Dairy Council® (NDC),National Football League (NFL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture team up to encourage youth to eat healthy and move more. Adults and students work together to implement school-improving changes that best meet their school's wellness goals. 

Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs-Provides an overview of the final rule and additional resources for school health professionals including a PowerPoint presentation.

Team Nutrition-An initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service that provides training, technical assistance and free materials for nutrition education to support healthy eating and physical activity.

My PlateTeam Nutrition provides MyPlate materials that are developed specifically for kids and their parents/caregivers. We also offer evidenced-based curricula that educators can use to integrate MyPlate lessons into core educational subjects, such as Math, English Language Arts, and Science. Schools, summer sites, and child care (centers, homes and sponsors) that participate in USDA’s Child Nutrition Programs may request free printed copies of many of these materials. 

NYSED Nutrition Resources

NY State Education Department- Child Nutrition Knowledge Center-Provides information on NYS school lunch, breakfast and after-school programs.  

School Meals

Action for Healthy Kids - Offers a wide variety of virtual learning opportunities. From school breakfast programs and recess before lunch to wellness policy implementation. Most sessions are of no cost and are open to any interested individual or group.

Action for Healthy Kids Log In to view these archived webinars.

Smart Snacks in Schools - 

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement - Nutrition standards, and training resources for cafeteria staff.(Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, Cornell University 2017) 

Physical Activity

Presidential Youth Fitness Program - Amid all the school closures due to COVID-19, here is a way that parents can encourage their kids to exercise at home with their families and includes exercise video tutorials. The goal is to give families an opportunity to keep healthy in a time when it is difficult to do so.

CDC Healthy Schools Classroom Physical Activity Integrating physical activity into academic instruction to help you increase your students' concentration and ability to stay on-task in the classroom, and improve their motivation and engagement in the learning process. (CDC 5/29/19)

Page Reviewed 9/17/21