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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

Team Nutrition Grant Opportunities

  • Kansas Local Food & Gardening Sub-Grants
    Child care centers and home day care providers are invited to apply for this sub-grant. As part of the Team Nutrition Training Grant, Kansas Team Nutrition is excited to help support Kansas child care sites in building a nutrition message for children about the importance of agricultural practices through experiential learning opportunities. Centers will receive $500 and day care home providers will receive $200. Applications are due April 5, 2019.

  • Healthier CACFP Award Application
    Be one of the first childcare centers or daycare home providers in Kansas to be recognized for the Healthier CACFP Award! Are you looking for a way to promote your child care program and stand out from all others? The Healthier Child and Adult Care Food Program Award is a USDA recognition system which supports child care centers and daycare home providers taking steps to improve the nutrition, physical activity, nutrition education and/or environment for children in their care.  Apply today to win an award!  Those who qualify will receive statewide recognition as a Healthier CACFP Award Winner and a certificate to showcase the award at their site. In addition, the first 20 Healthier CACFP Awarded sites in Kansas will receive a monetary award of $500/child care center or $200/daycare home!  For more information on the criteria and/or for assistance with applying, contact Emily Brinkman at or (785) 296-2276.

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

Linnie Rieger at or

Karen Seymour at


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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.   

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


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