Training Curriculum

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The following materials were created by CNS with funding from the California Department of Education to provide professional development resources for child nutrition personnel. To find out more about professional development offered through CNS, visit our training opportunities page.

Healthy guide to food.Focus on Food: Nutrition and Health for School Nutrition Programs

This curriculum is designed for school nutrition program personnel, such as cooks, servers, and frontline staff. It utilizes learner-centered methods to allow participants to investigate nutrition concepts, including: nutrients and their functions in the human body; benefits of physical activity; food recommendations based on gender, age, and level of activity; portions, serving sizes, and the Nutrition Facts Label; factors that influence eating behavior; Smarter Lunchrooms Movement; and local school wellness policies. This is a free downloadable resource.

Food safety guideFood Safety for Child Nutrition Programs

These materials are available to individuals who are interested in teaching the Food Safety for Child Nutrition Programs course to child nutrition staff. This course covers major food safety concepts and regulations.

Sucessful meal planning guide.Successful Menu Planning: USDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals

The Instructor Manual, Participant Manual and PowerPoint are designed for child nutrition professionals interested in learning the current USDA Menu Planning Requirements. Topics include breakfast and lunch meal patterns, the definition of a whole grain, new fruit and vegetable requirements, offer versus serve, vegetarian options, sodium requirements, and others. In addition, related resources and tools to assist in successful menu planning are provided. These are free, downloadable resources.

External resourcesExternal Resources

Here we provide links to external sites with content that may be of use to individuals seeking information about curriculum related to nutrition in schools.