Food for Thought
New Plan for Birthday Celebrations at School
In an effort to create a healthier and safer school environment for all students, the District 158 Wellness Committee’s recommendation for non-food item alternatives to traditional birthday treats has received the support of all elementary schools. Therefore, beginning with the 2013-14 school year, distribution of edible birthday treats will no longer be permitted. Students may still celebrate their special day with classmates with non-food item alternatives such as special pencils, erasers, stickers, or other miscellaneous school supply items. Another idea is to donate a book to the classroom or school library for all to enjoy. Please remember, bringing in a “treat” is certainly not a requirement for birthday recognition.
Click here to view a list of non-food item ideas that can be used to celebrate your child’s special day!
What’s in my child’s school lunch?
Nutritional Information for products that are prepared and served in the District 158 school cafeterias. View a complete listing of ingredients, nutrition information such as calories, carbohydrates, and fat, along with allergy information.
Top 10 Nutrition Links
- School District 158 Wellness Policy 6:50 School Wellness Plan
We are committed to serving nutritious meals that best prepare students to excel in the classroom and beyond.
- Kid’s Health
See how the body works, read the Daily Brain Buzz and play a video game. Plus, learn how the body grows along with tips for staying healthy.
- Teen’s Health
Ask an expert a question, take a quiz or simply review a wealth of health related information that is written specifically for teens.
- 3-A-Day: Milk, Cheese & Yogurt
Discover 3-A-Day and how adding additional milk, cheese, and yogurt products to your meals can help build good nutrition for your family.
MyPlate.gov is a free website containing a wealth of nutrition information including healthy eating tips, weight management and calories, and physical activity information that everyone can benefit from.
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index is calculated using a person’s height and weight and provides a reliable indicator of body fatness which is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
- The Benefits of Fruits & Veggies
Discover the many benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables along with specific information on individual items. This Centers for Disease Control website has information that will help you lead a healthy lifestyle.
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation
In May of 2005, the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation joined forces to create a healthier generation by addressing childhood obesity. Enjoy healthy recipes, fitness tips, and more.
- School Nutrition Association
The School Nutrition Association is a national, nonprofit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high quality, low cost meals to students.
- Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis network’s website has up-to-date information, recipes, FAQs and tips for dealing with food allergies in a healthy way.