School Healthy Eating Resources

  The Food System

This resource provides a snapshot of how the food system works and how it can impact wellness, equity, the economy and the environment.

  Five Steps to Food & Beverage Success

This tip sheet is an introductory roadmap for navigating food and beverage operations such as concession stands and snack bars, and highlights ways to maximize efficiencies as well as incorporate healthier options.

  Tips for Better Vending

This tip sheet provides a high level overview of some of the considerations around making food and beverage vending both healthy and financially successful.

  Promoting Health in Minnesota Schools: School Wellness Policies

Strong school wellness policies can help schools achieve their health and wellness goals. The Public Health Law Center developed a series of sample school wellness policies to fit in the Minnesota School Boards Association’s model school wellness policy.

  Legal and Practical Considerations in the Operation of Federal School Nutrition Programs

This fact sheet provides an overview of key legal and practical considerations impacting the operation of federal school nutrition programs to support efforts obtain nutritious food for these programs.

  Collective Purchasing of Food for Federal School Nutrition Programs

This fact sheet provides an overview of collective purchasing approaches used by schools in the operation of federal school nutrition programs.

  Resource Compilation: General Procurement Regulations and Resources

This is a list of key resources providing background information on the operation of federal school nutrition programs, including school procurement practices, collective purchasing, food safety, USDA Foods, Farm to School initiatives, and others. 

  Feeding America’s Schoolchildren

This policy brief provides public health officials and other school stakeholders with an overview of legal and practical considerations impacting federal school nutrition programs.

  Feeding America's Schoolchildren: Resources for Public Health and School Stakeholders

These resources provide public health officials and other school stakeholders with an overview of legal and practical considerations impacting federal school nutrition programs.

  Legal Protections for Nursing Mothers in Minnesota

Date: 
Tue, 09/20/2011
Time: 
12:00PM

This webinar addresses the legal protections under both Minnesota and federal law that protect nursing mothers in the workplace.  In addition, the webinar highlights the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers, infants, employers and our health care system overall. 

  Building Effective and Sustainable Local Gardens to Promote Public Health, Part 2

Date: 
Tue, 03/20/2012
Time: 
12:00AM

This webinar provides case studies of the three most common types of local gardening efforts – community gardens, school gardens, and employer-sponsored gardens.  These case studies will discuss key components needed to establish and successfully maintain these gardening efforts.

  Addressing Childhood Obesity through School Food Procurement

Date: 
Tue, 04/17/2012
Time: 
12:00PM

This webinar provides an overview of why school food procurement is key to changing the nutritional quality of school meals.  Presenters highlight schools’ practices of procuring food for federally-funded school meal programs, the legal requirements schools must follow when procuring food, and schools’ opportunities to leverage procurement practices for the improvement of school nutrition.

  PHLC Community Garden Policy Guide (2012)

This resource provides local governments, community garden groups, individual gardeners, and other interested stakeholders a practical tool to navigate the various policy and legal issues impacting local community garden efforts. This Guide provides a snapshot of a broad range of legal and policy considerations impacting community gardens. Some policy issues addressed include land use planning and zoning considerations; the creation and implementation of new gardens; the availability of resources and land for community gardens; and liability concerns impacting landowners opening land for community gardens.

  Drafting Effective Public Health Policies

Date: 
Wed, 10/05/2011
Time: 
12:00PM

Drafting effective policies is critical to achieving overall systems change.  Having clear policies helps to avoid confusion and controversy during the implementation phase.  This webinar provides tips and suggestions on challenges, and provide tools to overcome those hurdles. 

  School Breakfast: A Necessity for Good Health and Academic Achievement in Minnesota Schools (2011)

The School Breakfast program, a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has played an important role in the American school system for nearly fifty years. This fact sheet provides a summary of this program in Minnesota.

  Legal Issues Impacting Farm to School and School Gardens in Minnesota (2011)
This legal synopsis provides an overview of the key legal issues involved in farm to school and school garden programs in Minnesota.
  Sample School Wellness Policy Language: Healthy Fundraising (2011)
The Public Health Law Center has created a series of fact sheets with sample language for school wellness policies, specifically for Minnesota school districts and langauge relating to Healthy Fundraising.
  Sample School Wellness Policy Language: Healthy Concessions (2011)
The Public Health Law Center has created a series of fact sheets with sample language for school wellness policies, specifically for Minnesota school districts and langauge relating Healthy Concessions.
  Sample School Wellness Policy Language: Healthy Classroom (2011)
The Public Health Law Center has created a series of fact sheets with sample language for school wellness policies, specifically for Minnesota school districts and langauge relating to Healthy Classrooms.
  Sample School Wellness Policy Language: Farm to School (2011)
The Public Health Law Center has created a series of fact sheets with sample language for school wellness policies, specifically for Minnesota school districts and langauge relating to Farm to School.
  Sample School Wellness Policy Language: No Food as a Reward/Punishment (2011)
The Public Health Law Center has created a series of fact sheets with sample language for school wellness policies, specifically for Minnesota school districts and langauge relating to No Food as a Reward/Punishment.
  Sample School Wellness Policy Language: School Gardens (2011)
The Public Health Law Center has created a series of fact sheets with sample language for school wellness policies, specifically for Minnesota school districts and langauge relating to School Gardens.
  Creating And Sustaining A School Health Council (2011)

Developing a School Health Council is a critical step to promote health and wellness in the school setting. A School Health Council can play a critical role in monitoring the school’s environment to ensure that health and wellness concepts are consistently reinforced and to ensure community partnership in these efforts.

  Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: Submitting Comments to the USDA (2011)
The Act strengthens school food nutrition standards, increases access to and funding for school meals, and increases technical assistance to schools. It also strengthens school wellness policies, improves farm to school programs, expands afterschool meals programs for at-risk children, and establishes certification standards for food service personnel. In addition to this summary, the Public Health Law Center has created a set of fact sheets outlining several key areas of the Act, including how to submit comments to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: Afterschool Meal Program (2011)

The Act strengthens school food nutrition standards, increases access to and funding for school meals, and increases technical assistance to schools. It also strengthens school wellness policies, improves farm to school programs, expands afterschool meals programs for at-risk children, and establishes certification standards for food service personnel. In addition to this summary, the Public Health Law Center has created a set of fact sheets outlining several key areas of the Act, including the afterschool meal program.

  Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: Farm to School and Organic Foods (2011)
The Act strengthens school food nutrition standards, increases access to and funding for school meals, and increases technical assistance to schools. It also strengthens school wellness policies, improves farm to school programs, expands afterschool meals programs for at-risk children, and establishes certification standards for food service personnel. In addition to this summary, the Public Health Law Center has created a set of fact sheets outlining several key areas of the Act, including Farm to School and Organic Foods.
  Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: Food Service Requirements (2011)
The Act strengthens school food nutrition standards, increases access to and funding for school meals, and increases technical assistance to schools. It also strengthens school wellness policies, improves farm to school programs, expands afterschool meals programs for at-risk children, and establishes certification standards for food service personnel. In addition to this summary, the Public Health Law Center has created a set of fact sheets outlining several key areas of the Act, including Food Service Requirements.
  Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: Nutrition Standards (2011)
The Act strengthens school food nutrition standards, increases access to and funding for school meals, and increases technical assistance to schools. It also strengthens school wellness policies, improves farm to school programs, expands afterschool meals programs for at-risk children, and establishes certification standards for food service personnel. In addition to this summary, the Public Health Law Center has created a set of fact sheets outlining several key areas of the Act, including the Nutrition Standards.
  Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: School Wellness Policies (2011)
The Act strengthens school food nutrition standards, increases access to and funding for school meals, and increases technical assistance to schools. It also strengthens school wellness policies, improves farm to school programs, expands afterschool meals programs for at-risk children, and establishes certification standards for food service personnel. In addition to this summary, the Public Health Law Center has created a set of fact sheets outlining several key areas of the Act, including requirements for school wellness policies.
  Checklist for Improving Your School Wellness Policy (2010)

An effective policy is tailored to a school’s individual needs, goals, and resources. Because of the unparalleled access schools.

  Minnesota Healthy Kids / Physical Education Law (2010)
This fact sheet provides an overview of the Minnesota Healthy Kids/Physical Education Law which aims to ensure that more children have access to high quality physical education.