HEALTHY CHARTER, ALTERNATIVE, AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Helping all Minneapolis schools create healthier environments for students.
Since 2010 the Health Department has supported 21 charter, contract alternative, and private schools in creating healthier environments for students. This has been accomplished by developing strong, comprehensive wellness policies and implementing healthy school food and active school day practices.
The Minneapolis Health Department is partnering with CKC Good Food and Done Right Catering to make more fruits and vegetables available to charter and private school students. Through a combined effort, five salad bars were placed in schools, and promotional activities were organized to build excitement and introduce new vegetables to students. Students at the partnering schools have access to a salad bar stocked with fresh fruit and vegetables every day of the week!
Why salad bars?
- Salad bars are proven to increase the amount and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that students eat during the school day.
- Research shows that kids who eat a balanced and nutritious diet are better learners.
- Salad bars are a great way to showcase fruits and vegetables from Minnesota growers.
- Research shows that plate waste decreases when children are allowed to choose what they are going to eat - which means more food in their bellies and less food in the trash.
For more information, contact:
- Aurora Charter School
- Ascension Catholic School
- New Millennium Charter School
- Hennepin Charter School
- Minnesota Transitions Charter High School (MTS)
- Minnesota Internship Center Charter Schools (MNIC)
- In the 2010-2011 school year, several Minneapolis schools created comprehensive wellness policies and implemented practices to support them.
- In the 2011-2012 school year, many Minneapolis schools participated in Farm to School activities, including starting school gardens and taste-testing fresh fruits and vegetables.
- In the 2011-2012 school year, seeral Minneapolis schols incorporated Active Recess strategies to increase movement on the playgrounds.
How can I make my school healthier?
SCHOOLS: Contact the Minneapolis Health Department to find out how your school can get involved in heatlhy school initiatives!
PARENTS: Find out your child's school wellness policy and practices and volunteer on their school wellness team!
- Minnesota Department of Health Salad Bars to Schools Field Guide
- Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools
- Minnesota Farm to School
- Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Farm to School Toolkit
Last updated May 5, 2014