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Healthy Snacks

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Research shows that healthy habits lead to better learning at school. Parents are encouraged to:
  • Honor your child’s birthday by sending non-food treats such as stickers or pencils
  • Ask your child’s teacher what non-food or healthy rewards/incentives they are using in the classroom
  • Become involved in planning seasonal parties that include games, crafts and healthy foods and beverages
  • Participate in brainstorming ideas for healthy, non-food focused school fundraisers
Kids consume up to 50 percent of their daily calories and nutrients at school. The meals they eat can either provide them with the energy they need to be full and attentive at their desk or subtract from the lessons they are learning in the classroom.  

To help teachers, parents and students, we’ve developed a list of what’s in and what’s out with Bloomington’s School Snack Guidelines.

WHAT'S INWHAT'S OUT
Celebrating birthdays in fun and memorable ways that make kids feel valued and lovedCelebrating with cupcakes, candy and excess sugar that makes it harder for kids to concentrate and learn
Making special events in the classroom safe and enjoyable for all with creative celebrations that don’t include foodDealing with food allergies, dietary requirements and medical conditions that prevent some kids from participating
Rewarding students for academic performance or good behavior with special privileges or activitiesHanding out candy and sugary treats that make it harder for kids to focus in class
Providing more nutritious options - like yogurt parfaits, fruits and veggies or juices - at concession standsOffering only sugary drinks, candy and cookies at sporting events and other activities
Promoting healthier lifestyles while fundraising - with things like fun walks/runs or dancesBringing food from home for classroom projects that may contain allergens or food-borne illnesses
Adapted from Stillwater School District, HealthyMOVES