Healthy Communities of the Capital Area

Youth Nutrition Initiatives and Resources

Local School Wellness Policy Tool

Healthy Communities of the Capital Area (HCCA) has developed a Local School Wellness Policy Monitoring Tool to monitor the implementation of nutrition-related policies including Maine Department of Education  Chapter 51 and Chapter 435 and the Federally required local School Wellness Policy . Schools can utilize this tool to assess whether they are properly implementing these three policies. For more information on evaluating your district's Local Wellness Policy, contact Renee Page.

Farm to School

HCCA supports efforts to initiate or improve access to locally grown foods for School Lunch Programs. Several schools across our Local Service Area (LSA) have begun to incorporate locally grown foods into the School Lunch Program to improve nutrition and support local economies. Each year, schools across Maine participate in the annual Maine Harvest Lunch. School lunch programs that participate in Harvest Lunch serve a lunch prepared from ingredients grown entirely or mostly in Maine. School Foodservice Directors are encouraged to build ongoing relationships with local farmers to establish regular procurement of locally grown foods. Contact Renee Page for more information and help planning for or promoting Maine Harvest Lunch.

I am Moving, I am Learning

I am Moving, I am Learning is a Head Start physical activity and nutrition initiative designed to prevent and reverse the negative consequences of obesity in Head Start children. The goals of I am Moving, I am Learning are to:

1) increase the quantity of time spent doing moderate to vigorous physical activities during the daily routine to meet guidelines for physical activity for preschool children.
2) improve the quality of structured movement activities intentionally facilitated by teachers and adults; and
3) improve healthy food choices for children every day.

Head Start sites at Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation (SKCDC) have implemented I am Moving, I am Learning.

Nutrition Resources

Farm to School
Connecting schools with local farms.

Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools (FARMS)
Connecting classrooms, cafeterias, local farms, and communities.

Maine-ly Nutrition
Training and resources for teachers and nurses to implement nutrition education in the classroom.

Healthy Weight Awareness Campaign
Simple steps to keep children and families healthy and active.

Maine Market Basket
Tip sheets for Maine-grown foods.

Maine Nutrition Network Info Sheets
Nutrition information fact sheets.

Maine Dairy Council
Nutrition research and education for schools and consumers.

Action for Healthy Kids
Improving nutrition and physical activity in schools to increase readiness to learn.

Team Nutrition
USDA initiative to improve lifelong eating and physical activity.

Healthier US Schools Challenge
Recognizing Nutrition Excellence in Schools

Maine Guide-Supporting Healthy Changes in School Nutrition Environments
Improving nutrition and physical activity environments in schools.

Food Champs
Fruits and Veggies, More Matters interactive site for kids.

Nutrition Explorations
Nutrition education and activities.

My Pyramid for Kids
Nutrition education, activities, and materials.

Our local service area includes: Augusta, Chelsea, Farmingdale, Fayette, Gardiner, Hallowell, Litchfield, Manchester, Monmouth, Mount Vernon, Pittston, Randolph, Readfield, Richmond, Vienna, Wayne, West Gardiner, Windsor, Winthrop.

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