Louisiana Fit Kids Blog

Louisiana to Participate in School Meals Project Enabling Direct Certification Through Medicaid


Project Will Provide Opportunity for More Children to Receive Free or Reduced-Price School MealsDALLAS, Dec. 14, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Southwest Region today announced that Louisiana is one of eight states ... Read More

USDA Team Nutrition Training Grant for School Meal Recipe Development


Sub-Grant Application Deadline Extended to Friday, January 7th Now Accepting Applications for the Louisiana Festival of Flavors Project Sub-Grant With over 400 festivals each year, it’s easy to see why Louisiana is often called the Festival ... Read More

Louisiana Team Nutrition Culinary Consultant


Louisiana Team Nutrition is looking for qualified applicants to apply for the School Nutrition Culinary Consultant position. The Louisiana Team Nutrition Festival of Flavors Project is a collaborative effort funded by USDA to support the implementation of ... Read More

Louisiana Celebrates Farm to School Month - October 2021


October is National Farm to School Month! Join the LSU AgCenter Farm to School Program as we celebrate food education, school gardens and lunch trays filled with healthy, local ingredients. Here are several easy ways to get involved: Be Inspired: ... Read More

Louisiana Schools Celebrate National School Lunch Week


“WILD About School Lunch” Campaign highlights #NSLW21 To recognize the National School Lunch Program, serving nearly 30 million children each day, Louisiana schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week from October 11-15, 2021. The fun and ... Read More

Pennington Biomedical and Louisiana Department of Education Host Webinar During National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month


NEWS RELEASE BATON ROUGE, La. – September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and serves as a time to promote resources and tools that advocate for healthy growth and prevent obesity in children. The Louisiana Department of Education ... Read More

Louisiana Fit Kids Spotlight: Brusly High School Nutrition Program


Louisiana Fit Kids visited Brusly High School in West Baton Rouge Parish for this week’s LA Fit Kids School Meal Program Spotlight! Mary Couty, Child Nutrition Program Field Manager, Vivian Landry, Child Nutrition Program Consultant and Pam Collins, Brusly ... Read More

Kids Eat Right Month August 2021


With childhood obesity on the rise, making sure kids eat right and get plenty of physical activity is vital. Parents and caregivers can play a big role in children's nutrition and health, teaching kids about healthy foods, being a good role model and ... Read More

Louisiana Celebrates School Lunch Hero Day


Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Louisiana nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Louisiana ... Read More

No Kid Hungry Awards $2.8 million in Grants to Louisiana Schools and Nonprofits in 2020


Since March 2020, No Kid Hungry has awarded a total of $2.8 million in emergency grants to Louisiana schools and nonprofits serving free meals. Virtual learning and hybrid models make it more challenging to reach students with the meals they need. The ... Read More

Louisiana Farm to School: Seeds to Success Program


The Louisiana Farm to School Program recently launched a new program called Seeds to Success, which integrates learning from the garden to the classroom. The program offers classroom growing materials, as well as engaging educational materials linked to ... Read More

Score Big with School Breakfast - Louisiana Celebrates National School Breakfast Week March 8-12, 2021


There’s never been a better opportunity to showcase your healthy breakfast offerings and remind students and parents how the morning meal helps children succeed. COVID-19 may have put a damper on many traditional school activities, but school meals ... Read More

Professional Standards Training Reward Badges for Louisiana School Nutrition Staff


Are you looking for a fun way to promote training and recognize staff who have completed their annual training requirements? Check out the USDA's Training Reward Badges. Complete two trainings in any of the key areas and earn a badge for that specific ... Read More

No Kid Hungry Louisiana School Nutrition Grant Opportunity


The No Kid Hungry School Nutrition Grant Opportunity will provide funding to school districts and schools to augment child nutrition programs and emergency food programs to ensure children and families have access to healthy meals at school and at home ... Read More

National School Lunch Week 2020 - Louisiana Style


To recognize the National School Lunch Program, Louisiana schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week from October 12-16, 2020. The theme, "Now Playing: School Lunch!" puts the spotlight on the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s ... Read More

Louisiana Farm to School Challenge 2020


Celebrate National Farm to School Month and Take the Louisiana Farm to School Challenge! Here's How it Works: Sign the pledge. Once you sign the pledge, you will receive a tool kit with ready-to-use social media images, virtual backgrounds, a ... Read More

Make Your Virtual Meetings More Appealing with Louisiana Satsumas!


The 2020 Louisiana Farm to School Conference is coming to a screen near you! This dynamic conference is completely FREE of cost and has something for everyone! Register today! The first day of the conference is September 30th! Help spread the word ... Read More

Lettuce Help You with Some Signs!


Looking for some fun signs about being safe at school? Check out these terrific Fruits and Veggies-Have A Plant Signs. Thanks to Cincinnati Public Schools and Virginia Cooperative Extension for sharing them with us! Signs remind kids and adults to ... Read More

#louisianafitkids Eat Right, Bite By Bite National Nutrition Month Photo Contest!


To celebrate Child Nutrition Programs in Louisiana, the Louisiana Fit Kids Project is sponsoring a photo contest for school communities across the state! The theme is "Bite by Bite" and your photos can be of action shots of students, staff and school ... Read More

Eat Right! Bite by Bite


National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, we invite the Louisiana Child Nutrition Community to help our students, teachers, staff members, parents and families focus ... Read More

Louisiana Farm to School Valentine’s


Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! Need some clever cards for your teachers, students or co-workers? Check out Well-Ahead Louisiana and Louisiana Farm to School's Valentine Selection for 2020! ... Read More

2020 Serving Up USDA Foods Photo Contest


2019 USDA Foods Gold Tray Award Winner Louisiana School Nutrition Programs: Now's your chance to share how your program innovates and creates with direct-delivered USDA Foods! Enter the 2020 Serving Up USDA Foods Photo Contest. For detailed ... Read More

Two Schools in Avoyelles Parish School Board District Named to 2019 List of America’s Healthiest Schools


The Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation), one of the nation’s preeminent children’s health organizations, has named 355 schools from 23 states as America's Healthiest Schools. Cottonport Elementary School and Louisiana School for the ... Read More

National School Lunch Week


National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is an annual celebration that began in 1962 as a way to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life. During this weeklong celebration, sponsors celebrate in their cafeterias, schools, and districts ... Read More

2019 Farm to School Census - Make It Count Louisiana!


What is the Farm to School Census? The Farm to School Census captures information about the level to which farm to school efforts are underway or increasing across the nation. In 2013, the USDA conducted the first nationwide Farm to School Census. In ... Read More

St. Helena Parish School District Wins Turnip the Beet Award from USDA


The ideal location to serve summer meals is where kids already go during the summer! St. Helena College and Career Academy in Greensburg, Louisiana is in the sweet spot for the Summer Meals Program in St. Helena Parish. The Academy is a hub for summer ... Read More

Create a Healthy School Culture with the Louisiana Healthy Schools: School Health Advisory Council Guidebook


In May 2019, the Louisiana School Health Advisory Council published the Louisiana Healthy Schools Guidebook. The guidebook aims to assist school districts and schools with creating effective and efficient school health teams – representing all ten components ... Read More

Serving Up MyPlate


Serving Up MyPlate is a collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food ... Read More

Laissez les bon temps rouler with School Breakfast in Louisiana!


National School Breakfast Week is March 4-8, 2019. The #NSBW19 theme is "Start Your Engines With School Breakfast," which is designed to show parents, students and school officials the benefits of fueling up for the day with a healthy school breakfast. The ... Read More

Louisiana Team Nutrition Culinary Training Series - Part 1


On October 25th and 26th, sixty child nutrition professionals from across the state participated in the first of a series of Team Nutrition Culinary Trainings. The session was held at the Louisiana Culinary Institute (LCI) in Baton Rouge. The training ... Read More

Healthy Schools Collaborative: New Orleans Summit


Healthy Schools Collaborative: New Orleans Summit Wednesday, November 7, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm Smoothie King Center, New Orleans Healthy students are better learners. Learn how you can support healthier students! At the exclusive New Orleans Summit ... Read More

National School Lunch Week 2018


Put school lunch in the spotlight and remind students, families, staff—and yourselves—that the heart of every school beats in its cafeteria, and that school nutrition professionals serve love on every tray. To recognize the National School Lunch Program and ... Read More

LaSalle Parish Schools Hosts Inaugural Summer Meals Program! No Kid Hungry Louisiana!


LaSalle Parish Schools (LSPS) Child Nutrition Department is helping kids thrive this summer! Kids who rely on school meals during the school year, struggle to get enough to eat during the summer months. Free meals served at schools, libraries and community ... Read More

Louisiana Pastalaya Fit for Kids


Child Nutrition Program leaders in Louisiana put a spin on a classic jambalaya recipe! It’s not your ordinary jambalaya with rice; instead they use pasta, making it Pastalaya - Child Nutrition Program approved! Robin Hollingsworth, St. Tammany Parish Public ... Read More

St. Tammany Parish Celebrates Healthy Kids Day 2018


Healthy Kids Day is a national initiative of the YMCA. Healthy Kids Day encourages kids and parents to commit to keeping the body and mind active during the summer. Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out, grow and be healthy! Representatives ... Read More

Well-Ahead Louisiana and LDOE Award Fifteen Schools Mini-Grants


Fifteen schools across Louisiana have been awarded $5,000 each to support healthier schools and create school environments that are conducive to healthy eating. A total of 47 schools applied for the Louisiana Team Nutrition mini-grant. In addition to the ... Read More

Louisiana Cycle Menus… Fit for Kids!


Looking for inspiration while planning your menu? Need to make some substitutions? Thinking about adding some local flavor to your menu? Visit the Meal Pattern page on the www.louisianafitkids.com website! In addition to great resources like the Food Buying ... Read More

No Kid Hungry Louisiana Breakfast Challenge Regional and Grand Prize Winners!


On March 5th, Governor John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation declaring March 5th-9th 2018 School Breakfast Week in Louisiana. On March 7th, Louisiana's First Lady, Donna Edwards, announced the winners of the No Kid Hungry K-12 School Breakfast challenge at ... Read More

National School Breakfast Week 2018


To recognize the National School Breakfast Program and the 15 million children it serves every day, Louisiana Fit Kids and the Louisiana Department of Education Division of Nutrition Support will recognize National School Breakfast Week from March 5-9, 2018 ... Read More

Behind the Lunch Line


Louisiana Fit Kids, Well-Ahead Louisiana and LSU’s School of Art teamed up to shed light on the professionals working each day to prepare healthy meals for Louisiana students. Johanna Warwick is the professor for The Studio & Light class for LSU and she works ... Read More

February 2018 Trainings from the Healthy Schools Training Krewe


As we count down to Mardi Gras in Louisiana, make sure to mark your February 2018 calendar for the upcoming trainings hosted by the Healthy Schools Training Krewe! The Healthy Schools Training Krewe is a group of expert trainers from different organizations ... Read More

Guide to Applying for the Louisiana Team Nutrition Mini-Grant


The Louisiana Department of Education and Well-Ahead Louisiana have teamed up to support healthier schools with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Team Nutrition Training Grant. The three-year grant will allow the Louisiana Department of ... Read More

Pedaling 4 PE in Louisiana! December 11-14, 2017


Louisiana Fit Kids is proud to promote our statewide partners that support a Healthier Louisiana! Eat Move Grow is a federally funded organization that offers a wide variety of engaging programs to children, families and schools in rural, underserved ... Read More

National School Lunch Week! Recipes for Success from Louisiana


St. Tammany Parish Smarter Lunchrooms Recipes for Success! Fruit can be easily overlooked in the lunchroom. The fruit at Cypress Cove Elementary School is in the spotlight! Students are more likely to eat fruit that is convenient and easy to eat. When ... Read More

National School Lunch Week! Recipes for Success from Louisiana


Louisiana School for the Deaf and Visually Impaired "At the Louisiana School for the Deaf and Visually Impaired (LSDVI), we take eating healthy seriously. Our staff is committed to serving students nutritious, visually appealing and tasty food. We want ... Read More

National School Lunch Week! Recipes for Success from Louisiana


East Feliciana Public Schools East Feliciana Public Schools in Louisiana is celebrating National School Lunch Week (#NSLW) with a different activity each day! Activities include: Write a Recipe of Thank You to the Foodservice Staff, Share your Favorite ... Read More

2018 Farm to School Grant Program


This October celebrate Farm to School Month by applying to the FY 2018 Farm to School Grant Program! The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local ... Read More

Great Louisiana Satsuma Peel - October 24, 2017


Celebrate Louisiana Farm to School Month by enjoying locally and regionally grown satsumas and other citrus fruits. Everyone is welcome to peel! Join students, children, teachers and good food supporters from across the state in the Great Louisiana Satsuma ... Read More

Web-based Interactive Food Buying Guide


It’s now easier than ever to access the new Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs Interactive Web-based Tool. Create your account and verify with one simple click! The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs (FBG) Interactive Web-Based Tool ... Read More

No Kid Hungry Louisiana - Resources


Ending childhood hunger is a priority for Louisiana. Implementation of the statewide No Kid Hungry Campaign will increase access to breakfast, lunch and summer meals for Louisiana’s children. The No Kid Hungry Louisiana Campaign will also work to shine a ... Read More

National School Lunch Week 2017


To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Louisiana Fit Kids and the Louisiana Department of Education Division of Nutrition Support will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 9-13, 2017. The ... Read More

National Farm to School Network


The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) brings people together, develops programs, drives policy change and educates on the benefits of farm to school and farm to early care and education at the local, state and national levels. Market Umbrella is the ... Read More

Got Jambalaya?


School children in Louisiana appreciate regional cuisine. A hot bowl of Jambalaya on a brisk fall day hits the spot—especially in Calcasieu Parish. Jacqueline Richard, Calcasieu Parish School Nutrition Program Director says, “Our kids really love the ... Read More

Louisiana Healthy Schools Training Krewe. Healthy Schools. Healthy Children.


The Louisiana Healthy Schools Training Krewe is a group of expert trainers from different organizations that have joined together to support healthier schools. The Krewe is able to provide free professional development/workshops to schools and school district ... Read More

Louisiana Farm to School Conference to Take Place on October 24th, 2017


BATON ROUGE, La. –The LSU AgCenter will host a Farm to School conference on October 24th at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. "The statewide conference is a forum for attendees to be more familiar with the 3 aspects of farm to school (school gardening ... Read More

No Kid Hungry Louisiana


Governor and First Lady Edwards attended a National Governor’s Association meeting earlier this year and learned that nearly 272,760 children suffer from Childhood hunger in Louisiana. They were also made aware of national best practices, federal policies and ... Read More