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Applications Available Now for School Year 2014-15 - Apply Today!
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Questions? Contact a Team Nutrition Staff Person

Emily Brinkman at or Jill Ladd at


Growing Healthy Kansas Kids - Gardening Initiative Sub-Grants for Schools and Childcare

The Growing Healthy Kansas Kids project will help support Kansas schools and childcare centers in starting container gardens by providing resources, sub-grant funds, and guidance to a total of 50 schools and childcare centers to initiate a container gardening project.  Sub-grant funds of $325 will be provided per school or childcare center selected, to help purchase gardening supplies, containers and materials.  In addition, USDA nutrition education gardening curriculum will be provided to selected schools and childcare centers.  Technical assistance from Kansas Team Nutrition and K-State Research and Extension will be made available for grantees through a webinar training that will provide ideas and tips on how to implement a successful gardening project.  Grantee schools and childcare centers can determine how they best want to incorporate gardening and nutrition lessons into their classrooms.  Schools participating in the Summer Food Service Program are also eligible to apply.  Questions contact Jill Ladd at or 785-296-2790.

Applications Due - January 23, 2015

To access the application and for additional information:

Gardening Initiative Enterable Application

Gardening Initiative PDF Application

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.

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

Kansas Team Nutrition is actively working to promote a number of health education programs to support schools’ wellness policy goals.   Currently, Kansas Team Nutrition supports 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.   

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