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Eat Smart! Play Hard! Learn Better!

The USDA’s Team Nutrition is an integrated, behavior based, comprehensive plan for promoting the nutritional health of the nation’s children.  This plan involves schools, parents, and the community in efforts to continuously improve school meals, and to promote the health and education of 50 million school children in more than 96,000 schools nationwide. 

The goal of Team Nutrition is to improve children’s lifelong eating and physical activity habits through nutrition education based on the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

Team Nutrition focuses on five specific behavior outcomes:

  1. Eat a variety of foods
  2. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  3. Eat lower fat foods more often
  4. Get your calcium-rich foods
  5. Be physically active

Family Fun, Food and Fitness Spring Events Sub-Grant Applications - Due October 31st

The sub-grant application is now available for schools and child care centers wanting to host a spring Family Fun, Food and Fitness event.  Team Nutrition staff plan to award a total of sixty $250 sub-grants to schools and child care centers who plan to host a spring Family Fun, Food and Fitness event. In addition to sub-grant funds, selected sites will receive a Family Fun, Food & Fitness Event Planning Guide to assist in their planning efforts. This guide provides instructions for planning and promoting a health-centered, family-friendly, school or child care sponsored event and includes specific instructions detailing both nutrition and fitness activities. Questions contact Emily Brinkman at or 785-296-2276.

Application for Spring Family Fun, Food & Fitness Event Sub-Grant - PDF Version

Application for Spring Family Fun, Food & Fitness Event Sub-Grant - MS Word Enterable Version

Visit the Family Fun, Food & Fitness Events page for more information.

If you have questions or would like to be notified when new programs are available, contact a Kansas Team Nutrition Staff Person

Emily Brinkman at


Kansas Team Nutrition is actively working to promote a number of health education programs to support schools’ wellness policy goals.   Kansas Team Nutrition resources: Power Panther Pals, Power up!, Power Panther Professionals, Power Panther Preschool, Opens in new windowBody Venture, and Family Fun, Food & Fitness Events.   In addition, Kansas Team Nutrition Schools have access to health education resources and personalized technical assistance from Registered Dietitians.

Kansas Team Nutrition is focused on continuing to support implementation of school wellness policy goals and academic achievement by nurturing healthier students and a healthy school environment.   Kansas TN Logo

This is a link to USDA's Team Nutrition resources.





Access Interactive Wellness Resources in the areas of:

Nutrition Resources
Nutrition Education Resources
  Nutrition Education
Physical Activity Resources
  Physical Activity
Use the interactive wellness resources to access evidence based research, resources and best practices information when implementing school wellness policies.


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