Louisiana Team Nutrition

Cypress Cove Elementary School (St. Tammany Parish) Lunch Line

About

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 Education and Well-Ahead Louisiana to support healthier school environments that are conducive to healthy eating and physical activity through resources, funding and professional development to schools.

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

Louisiana Team Nutrition Image 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 mini-grant, Well-Ahead Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Education are offering regional Smarter Lunchrooms trainings for all Louisiana school food service professionals, as well as a culinary skills training series focused on enhancing food preparation skills and knowledge of school food service professionals. To register for the upcoming trainings, visit Healthy Schools Training Krewe Events.

Lee High School Cafeteria (East Baton Rouge Parish)

Awarded Schools

Bains Elementary (West Feliciana Parish), Bains Lower Elementary (West Feliciana Parish), Bayou Chicot Elementary (Evangeline Parish), Evangeline Elementary (Lafayette Parish), Iota Elementary (Acadia Parish), KIPP Believe Primary (Orleans Parish), Mary D. Coghill Charter (Orleans Parish), Northside High (Lafayette Parish), Opelousas High (St. Landry Parish), Raintree Elementary (St. Mary Parish), ReNew Schaumburg Elementary (Orleans Parish), Rosenwald Elementary (Pointe Coupee Parish), Stephensville Elementary (St. Martin Parish), Valverda Elementary (Iberville Parish), W. Smith Jr. Elementary (St. Bernard Parish)

Did You Know?

MyPlate Image Research shows that students who participate in the school meal programs consume more milk, fruits, and vegetables during meals than nonparticipants. In addition, eating breakfast at school is associated with better attendance rates, fewer missed school days, and better test scores. Meals served through these programs must meet specific nutrition requirements.

Professional Development

Smarter Lunchrooms Logo Louisiana Team Nutrition will coordinate regional Smarter Lunchrooms trainings for all Louisiana school food service professionals and launch a culinary skills training series that is focused on enhancing the food preparation skills and knowledge of school food service professionals.

Cypress Cove Elementary School (St. Tammany Parish) Cafeteria Workers

Moving Louisiana’s Health Forward

Things you can do to support the mission of Louisiana Team Nutrition:

Review school menus with your child, and encourage them to try new menu items.
Offer to help with taste tests or other nutrition promotion activities in the cafeteria.
Join the school or district committee (e.g., wellness committee) that sets the policies for health and wellness, and work to include language about school meal programs.
Thank the school nutrition staff for preparing healthy meals for students. Work with other parents and school staff to provide special recognition for the school nutrition staff for serving healthy meals.

Contact

Stephen Guccione
Louisiana Department of Education
Healthy Communities Section
225-342-1870
stephen.guccione@la.gov

Emily Pineda
Office of Public Health, Louisiana Department of Health
Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
(504) 568-2879
emily.pineda@la.gov

Partners

Well-Ahead Louisiana Logo Team Nutrition Logo Louisiana Department of Education Logo

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.