Welcome! In 2004, the Boston Public Schools was the first school district in Massachusetts to develop District Nutrition Policy and Guidelines for Vending Machines, A la carte and Competitive Foods. Last year, the BPS Food and Nutrition Services Department implemented these guidelines in vending machines and in cafeterias. This year, we will continue putting these guidelines to practice: creating school environments that provide access to healthful foods and beverages. Specifically, we are now working to implement updated guidelines that exceed Massachusetts’s 2010 School Nutrition Law.1
Offering and promoting healthful options for all foods sold or provided at school can be an important challenge. To be successful, it is essential to garner support and involve school leaders, school staff, school administration, families, and students. Your hard work can really make a difference, and with guidance from this toolkit, you can help make the healthy choices the easy choice in your school.
Involving students in your movement to improve eating behaviors is one way to overcome the challenges that come with behavior change. Not only do students bring about fresh perspectives and creative ideas, but they also know the real challenges that students face and what really goes on the both inside and outside the classroom. They can be your greatest champions as you work to get buy-in from staff, administration, parents & caretakers, and the other students.
As you create an environment that fosters healthy choices, this Smart Promotions Booklet will provide ideas for promoting healthful foods through student-led or student-involved programs, sample initiatives from national and community-based organizations, examples from Boston schools, and educational materials to provide your school community.
Thank you for making a commitment to the health of your school community by promoting healthy choices. We appreciate your participation as we work together to actively promote the health and wellness of all Boston Public School students to advance both their healthy development and readiness to learn.
What will I find in this section?
•Smart Promotions Booklet, which includes ideas for promoting healthful foods and beverages through student-led or student-involved programs, sample initiatives from Boston Public Schools, resources from national and community-based organizations, examples from Boston schools, and educational resources to provide your school community.
• 51 promotional materials for staff, parents & caretakers, and students.