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Title:The A, B, C's for a Healthy School
Pub. date: Updated 9/2007
Includes: PowerPoint slides
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Description:This PowerPoint is designed to help nutrition educators develop and promote a school wellness policy. Slides may be adapted, deleted, added and used any way the educator sees fit.
Funding Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Developer: Alice Henneman, MS, RD, Jessye Goertz, MS, RD, Beverly Benes, PhD, RD
Organization: University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension, Nebraska Department of Education
Length: 188 slides
Pilot Testing: Reviewed by several potential end-users and tested with target audiences before it was made available to the public.
Assessment instrument Used? no
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: According to The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 “each local educational agency … shall establish a local school wellness policy.” This presentation is designed to help nutrition educators teach school officials why a wellness policy is important, and how to plan and promote one. It explains the basic components and provisions that must be present, and encourages ways students, families, faculty, superintendents and board members can be involved. Examples of issues that can be addressed include using food as a reward, fundraising with food, and large portion sizes.

Much of the information in the presentation is from Making It Happen! School Nutrition Success Stories, including a summary of what American children today are eating, the effects of poor eating habits for children, and examples of six approaches for a school nutrition policy. Select slides have been adapted from “Portion Distortion” by the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute. A review of MyPyramid guidelines includes average calorie and physical activity recommendations, discretionary calories, added sugars and portion sizes. The last part of the presentation demonstrations how to find and use web resources from MyPyramid, Fruits & Veggies--More Matters™ and other Web sites.

Although this presentation is lengthy and disjointed in some sections, it can be adapted to be used constructively in a number of different settings. Unless a large block of time is set aside for the presentation, it may be necessary to eliminate some of the slides so as not to rush through the presentation. The wealth of information included in this presentation makes it a wonderful tool for those interested in getting involved in school wellness policies.

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    Distributor: University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County
    Contact: Alice Henneman
    Mail: 444 Cherrycreek Rd, Ste. A
Lincoln, NE 68528-1507
    Phone: (402) 441-7180
    Fax: (402) 441-7148
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    Cost: 0.00 per slides
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:Download free of charge off the Internet.

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