HEALTHY MINNEAPOLIS SCHOOLS
Helping all Minneapolis schools create healthier environments for students.
The Minneapolis Health Department is supporting 21 schools 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:
- Establishing systems for successful salad bars in schools through innovative partnerships with food service staff, promotional/educational events, and student engagement activities.
- Decreasing the availability of unhealthy competitive foods like snacks, treats and rewards in the school environment.
- Identifying opportunities to incorporate more physical activity before and after school and during the school day.
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."
For more information, contact:
- Aurora Charter School
- Ascension Catholic School
- Hennepin Charter School
- Minnesota Transitions Charter High School (MTS)
- New Millennium Charter School
MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
- Anthony Middle School
- Anwatin Middle School
- Bryn Mawr Middle School
- Northeast Middle School
- Sanford Middle School
- 1,551 charter school students now have access to salads every day at school.
- MPS Nutrition Services engaged students to design a salad bar marketing campaign and lead peer-to-peer salad taste-testing events.
- Students are increasing their physical activity each day through Safe Routes to School, active recess and activity breaks throughout the day.
Contact the Minneapolis Health Department to find out how your school can get involved in heatlhy school initiatives!
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
- National Farm to School Network (Minnesota)
- Minneapolis Public Schools Healthy Kids, Focused Students
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation
- School Wellness Policy Workbook
Last updated Sep 17, 2014