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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

  • 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.

  • Kansas Team Nutrition: Power Panther Pals Sub-Grants
    Kansas Team Nutrition is offering Power Panther Pals sub-grant funds and resources to support implementation of the eight-week health education program. This sub-grant opportunity is for elementary students in grades K-5. Applications due August 31, 2019. For questions or additional information, contact Karen Seymour at or call (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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