2 Year Objective

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In February 2017, share information regarding Arkansas Child Nutrition Programs at the Arkansas School Nutrition Association’s Arkansas State Legislative Conference via guest speaker and written materials.

2 Year Objective

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Administer a survey to all school district level nutrition directors to assess current practices in nutrition education and professional development of instructional staff.

2 Year Objective

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By July 2018, disseminate information regarding evidence-based nutritional programs (Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, school gardens, CDC Virtual Healthy School, etc.) to attendees of the Arkansas School Nutrition Annual Conference.


Nutrition Education

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Provide mandatory evidence-based nutrition education to improve the health of children attending early child care centers through college.

Action Steps
  • Enact legislation requiring evidence-based nutrition education.
  • Identify and disseminate evidence-based nutrition instruction resources with a focus on hands-on, experiential learning (school gardens, etc.)
  • Provide students a minimum of 20 hours of healthy food education/activities per year.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for instructional staff in the content area of nutritional education.

School Meal Programs

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Increase participation in federally-funded school meal programs.

Action Steps
  • Develop a marketing plan targeting nonparticipating schools and early child care centers.
  • Require federally-funded school meal programs to develop and implement an annual marketing plan in collaboration with district wellness committees.
  • Provide training and professional development according to state and federal guidelines for child nutrition directors and food service staff, with a focus on quality.
  • Require all school districts with a minimum of 3,000 students to employ a registered dietitian.

Access to Fresh Foods

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Increase access to fresh, affordable, healthy foods.

Action Steps
  • Increase access to locally grown produce.
  • Encourage schools to develop procurement policies for the purchase of fresh, locally grown foods.
  • Create a statewide farm-to-school coordinator position with permanent funding.

Easy, Healthy Choices

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Create learning environments with easy access to healthy choices.

Action Steps
  • Increase the number of schools utilizing the coordinated school health model
  • Increase the number of schools meeting USDA's Healthier U.S. School Challenge criteria.
  • Increase the number of schools providing alternate breakfast delivery service.