Nutrition Education

Here in the Office of Child Nutrition, part of our goal is to foster happy, healthy and successful children by providing them with the right fuel they need for growing, learning and developing. This is accomplished by offering our kids nutrient-rich foods and beverages in our NSLP, SBP and snack programs and less calories, fats, sodium or sugars. When children fill up on the right high quality nutrition, their bodies and brains will naturally have less room for empty calorie foods (soft drinks, chips, candy, desserts).

Selecting the right foods to eat today can help us reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers in later years. Healthy eating habits, along with daily exercise, are important to a healthy lifestyle. Learning about healthy eating habits can occur in many places: classrooms, school cafeterias, libraries, health fairs and home. Many resources are available to provide education and learning guidelines for healthy eating habits in all of these areas.

 The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition initiative has multiple resources and nutrition education materials for child nutrition staff, families, children and educators.

H20, Way to Go!H20, Way to Go! When it comes to school, every teacher, parent and student knows the "three R's"..... but far too often we forget about the bigH20.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Application Package

Mississippi Healthy Students Act (2007)

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USDA has the"CHOOSEMYPLATE" ( www.choosemyplate.gov). website that includes much of the consumer and professional information formerly found on MyPyramid.gov. This is practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets and features selected messages to help consumer focus on key behaviors. Selected messages include: food guidance system for Americans to make healthy choices, balance calories and be physically active. Featured are assessment tools for individuals to evaluate diet and activity, materials for teachers and child nutrition professionals, and other resources.

HealthierUS School Challenge

The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program established to recognize schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity.  Four levels of superior performance are awarded: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold of Distinction.

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Office of Healthy Schools     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-1737     Fax: (601) 576-1417
 

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