Concerns about healthy food and overall well-being are here to stay. So what exactly is working for non-commercial operators in the struggle to promote wellness? We spoke to operators to get 25 tips from their successful health and wellness programs.
Bring the classroom to the cafeteria: We have an intern program that has helped me develop a nutrition education program/promotion for this upcoming year. In grades K-5, we’re doing a coloring contest, grades six through eight will do a nutrition label essay contest and grades nine through 12 will do a healthy recipe contest. The students will have to look at what we’re serving and talk to the foodservice workers to be able to compete in the contests. For example, for the recipe contest, the students will have to get our recipes and nutritional content from the kitchen and compare that to the foods they are eating at home. Then they’ll have to figure out how they can make the food at home as healthy as the school food. I think bringing that education into the cafeteria will be a lot of fun.
—Michelle Perkins, food service supervisor, Okeechobee County (Fla.) School District