This week is National School Lunch Week. Created by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is a weeklong celebration of the school lunch program.
Schools play a critical role in ensuring all students are provided with nutritional lunches during the school day. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, schools are in a unique position to promote healthy eating and help ensure appropriate food and nutrient intake among students to support optimal growth and development of children.
During the week, schools are encouraged to celebrate with these creative ideas, and encouraged to share photos of their school lunches—including healthy foods, smiling student and staff faces and more! In addition, we have rounded up some of our favorite Scholastic resources that will engage students this week and beyond.
●This integrated curriculum unit will help students better understand the importance of good nutrition and how to make healthy dietary choices. Through this lesson, students will learn where food comes from and become more familiar and comfortable with fruits and vegetables through art, music, and cooking.
●Encourage parents to post this checklist at home to remind everyone in the family to make smart food and fitness choices throughout
●Looking for books? Check out these health and nutrition focused titles!
●Use this chart to help students recognize which foods are the healthiest.
●Choices, the award-winning health and life skills magazine for middle and high school students, is dedicated to the health and well-being of students and covers a number of stories on nutrition, school lunches, eating healthy and more.