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Due to challenges with school scheduling, it’s not uncommon for students to eat an early or late school lunch. This can result in kids being hungry during or after the school day, and needing snacks to keep their busy bodies and minds going. In addition to nourishing bodies, snacks provide an opportunity to practice healthy eating habits.
Pay attention to serving sizes: What a kindergartener consumes for a snack should look different than what an older student eats.
Keep snacks simple and convenient.
Offer healthy snacks in multiple settings for students – in the classroom, in the cafeteria, for school fundraisers, and at home.
Seek community partners that could help your school provide healthy snacks. For example, partner with the local grocery store for donations.
Check out the Smart Snacks Standards to learn about allowable snacks. While these requirements apply to all foods sold on campus during the school day, it’s a good idea to offer a variety of healthy items at all food venues to reinforce healthy choices.
Encourage teachers to be healthy role models by choosing healthy snacks themselves.
Practice what you preach! Offer healthy snacks and beverages at all school events.
Survey students to determine the kinds of healthy snacks they want to see at school, then incorporate their suggestions to let them know their opinion is valued.
If you anticipate opposition to providing healthier snacks, start small. Serve less of the less healthy snacks while gradually increasing the healthier options until students are accustomed to healthier snack options.
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