Helping all Minneapolis schools create healthier environments for students.





 Project Description

The Minneapolis Health Department is supporting Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) in creating healthier environments for kids by increasing access to nutritious, fresh foods and incorporating physical activity throughout the school day.

The Health Department and school partners are working to achieve this goal by offering fresh fruits and vegetables during lunch, cutting out unhealthy competitive foods that are available to students and making sure that students have opportunities to bike, walk, and be active throughout the school day.

Specifically, the Health Department and its partners are:

Apple School   Decreasing the availability of unhealthy competitive foods like snacks, treats and rewards in the school environment.

Apple School   Identifying opportunities to incorporate more physical activity before and after school and during the school day, through Safe Routes to School and active classroom initiatives.


The Health Department is working with Minneapolis schools to improve student well-being because childhood obesity is threatening health and educational outcomes for students. The Health Department intends to help create school environments that support health by making healthy choices easy and accessible.


"Schools, as the most important public institution in the lives of our children, have a responsibility to teach and model healthy living and to provide an environment consistent with this message."
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For more information, contact:
Sarah Schiele
P: 612-673-2672
[email protected]



 Current Initiatives

Apple School Implementing ongoing Safe Routes to School programming and system changes through Walk Bike Fun! and Traffic Safety 101 curriculum at partner schools and expansion of the bus stop and walk program

Apple School Updating the Wellness Policy and Safe Routes Strategic plan

Apple School Assessing and improving water access at schools


Progress & Accomplishments

Apple School  In 2014, established systems for successful salad bars in schools through innovative partnerships with food service staff, promotional/educational events, and student engagement activities.

Apple School  1,551 students in 5 charter schools have access to salads every day at school.

Apple School  MPS Nutrition Services engaged students to design a salad bar marketing campaign and lead peer-to-peer salad taste-testing events at 11 schools.

Apple School  Students are increasing their physical activity each day through Safe Routes to School, active recess and activity breaks throughout the day.


 Get Involved 


Contact the Minneapolis Health Department to find out how your school can get involved in healthy school initiatives! 


Find out your child's school wellness policy and practices and volunteer on their school wellness team!





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Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301. 

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500


Last updated Mar 3, 2017



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Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-637-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500. 


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