UC Global Food Initiative launches free online toolkit for schools

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A new online toolkit will help schools encourage children to make healthy, nutritious food choices.

More than 30 million children get at least one meal a day from school, making the nation’s schools a vital partner in efforts to combat rising rates of obesity, diabetes and pre-diabetes among U.S. children.

With that in mind, the University of California’s Global Food Initiative has launched a free online toolkit that seeks to help schools teach healthy eating habits and provide nutritious, sustainable food to students.

The Good Food for Local Schools website features resources from all 10 UC campuses and Agriculture and Natural Resources, including the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, as well as other sources that reflect innovative thinking and practices related to healthy and sustainable pre-K-12 school food options.

The website contains practical, online resources related to curriculum, operations, policy, research and service, including topics like nutrition education, how to set up a school salad bar, getting started with schoolyard gardens, and more.