The USDA has announced that it will be awarding over $8 million in grants to assist school nutrition programs in preparing healthy meals. Approximately $2.6 million will go to support implementation of new national professional standards for all school nutrition employees who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
Another $5.6 million funds 2015 Team Nutrition Training Grants of up to $350,000 to help states expand and enhance food service training programs and provide nutrition education in school, child care, and summer meal settings.
Those efforts include using Smarter Lunchrooms strategies that use principles from behavioral economics to encourage healthy choices, meeting meal pattern requirements for school meals, delivering interactive nutrition education activities and providing schools and child care providers with technical assistance to create and maintain a healthier environment.
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