projectpa-hsne-cover-iconPromoting Nutrition Friendly Schools

The term "Nutrition-Friendly Schools" is Project PA's designation for Pennsylvania's efforts to create - Healthy School Nutrition Environments for the children in our state's schools. The nutritional health of the total school environment will continue to be a primary focus of Project PA's efforts.

The Parent project is currently helping parents learn how they can make a difference in establishing healthy home, school, and community environments to positively impact their children's health.

During 2000 Project PA brought the nutrition-friendly schools issues to-school administrators: informing them about connections between nutrition, health, and learning; and motivating them to develop, approve, and adhere to nutrition-friendly policies.

The Showcase Schools project, begun in 1999, promoted collaboration among cafeteria, classroom, and community members. This project helped to set Project PA on a course beyond training school food service personnel and toward improving the nutrition environment in the total school setting.


decision-makerSchool Decision-Makers

The Project PA team conducted presentations at state and regional conferences for school board members, superintendents, and principals over the period of several months in 2001. These seminars centered around the topic of nutrition-friendly policies for the total school environment. Evidence was presented indicating the value of good nutrition and the important role the schools play in this aspect of children's lives.  We encouraged policy-makers to take the necessary steps to make their schools more "nutrition-friendly." Issues addressed included scheduling school lunch before recess, "pouring contracts" with soda companies, and sales of foods that compete with the school food service department's reimbursable meals, among others, all of which could be regulated by nutrition-friendly policies.

The Food Guide Pyramid was explained along with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the "6 components of a Healthy School Nutrition Environment" (HSNE) as defined by USDA:

  1. A Commitment to Nutrition and Physical Activity
  2. Quality School Meals
  3. Other Healthy Food Options
  4. Pleasant Eating Experiences
  5. Nutrition Education
  6. Marketing

Project PA provided compelling evidence for the fostering of nutrition-friendly environments by the establishment of policies that promote the development of these 6 aspects of school life.

Project PA developed the following materials for the Nutrition-Friendly Schools presentations:

  1. A PowerPoint presentation-that was the basis of Project PA's year 2001 seminars for school policy-makers.
  2. A booklet of related materials, Is Your School Nutrition-Friendly?, that was given to seminar participants. (Acrobat Reader PDF document).
  3. A motivational Nutrition–Friendly Schools.

Copies of the booklet and video have been distributed statewide to district superintendents, school boards, and foodservice directors.


selinsgrove 1Parent Collaboration

In recognition of the important role parent involvement plays in children's school success, the "Parents Project" contributed to the establishment of Nutrition-Friendly Schools by creating and expanding links between communities and schools, with the focus on parents. To mobilize parents to become part of Pennsylvania's team working toward Nutrition-Friendly Schools, Project PA developed a kit to help address the roles of families, schools, and communities in reversing the trends in childhood obesity. The kit contains a motivational video and supporting print materials.




team guest interview 1During 2002-2003 the Project PA team conducted presentations based on these materials at state and regional level meetings of parent groups. The Pennsylvania PTA partnered with Project PA in these endeavors. Regional and state meetings of the PTA provided Project PA with venues for delivering the Nutrition-Friendly Schools message to parents around the state. In 2004 the PTA also contributed by helping to disseminate the parents kit.

PDF downloads available below feature parents who are leading the way to Nutrition-Friendly Schools.

Download BookSelinsgrove A.S.D. | Parent Helps Improve Food Service Web Site | Web Quality PDF


hsne-iconHealthy School Nutrition Enviroments

The term "Nutrition-Friendly Schools" is Project PA's designation for Pennsylvania's efforts to create Healthy School Nutrition Environments for the children in our state's schools. The nutritional health of the total school environment will continue to be a primary focus of Project PA's efforts.

Seven school districts were the recipients of Project PA's Healthy School Nutrition Environments grants. Staff and concerned community members of these schools have assessed their schools’ nutrition environments, assembled teams of individuals interested in making positive changes in their schools’ nutrition environments, and implemented plans for making those changes. The seven school districts were:

Forbes Road S.D. — Waterfall
Hampton Township S. D. — Allison Park
McKeesport A.S.D. — McKeesport
Montoursville A.S.D. — Montoursville
North Pocono S.D. — Moscow
Philadelphia S.D. — Philadelphia
Towanda A.S.D. — Towanda

These seven school districts action plans can be downloaded below.

Download BookForbes Road S.D. Action Plan | Web Quality PDF

Download BookHampton Township S. D. — Allison Park | Web Quality PDF

Download BookMcKeesport A.S.D. — McKeesport | Web Quality PDF

Download BookMontoursville A.S.D. — Montoursville | Web Quality PDF

Download BookNorth Pocono S.D. — Moscow | Web Quality PDF

Download BookPhiladelphia S.D. — Philadelphia | Web Quality PDF

Download BookTowanda A.S.D. — Towanda | Web Quality PDF