USDA’s What’s Shaking? Creative Ways to Boost Flavor With Less Sodium!

Team Nutrition is pleased to announce the release of a brand new infographic for School Nutrition Professionals, as part of USDA’s What’s Shaking? Creative Ways to Boost Flavor With Less Sodium Initiative. Schools are making great strides in serving healthy meals with less sodium to children across the nation. Check out this infographic for practical tips, and share with the school nutrition professionals who are making a difference in helping children adopt healthy habits.

This infographic can be found at: You can also click the picture for a larger view.


Professional Standards for School Nutrition Program Employees brochure is now available

 The “Professional Standards for School Nutrition Program Employees” brochure is now available
Click the picture to download the brochure.
Printed copies will be available for ordering this fall. For more information on Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals, please visit:

Chandler Unified School District – SFSP Pizza Event Video

Chandler Unified School District used grant funds received from the Dairy Council of Arizona to have Pizza Events that allowed children 18 and under to utilize their culinary skills and meet Drew Butler of the Arizona Cardinals.

Click Here to watch video of the event.

Creative Solutions to Ending School Food Waste

USDA & EPA launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, calling on farms, supermarkets, restaurants, and schools to join efforts to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste.

Americans waste enough food every day to fill a 90,000 seat football stadium. Approximately one-third of all food is wasted at the retail and consumer levels.  While research has shown that food wasted by children is similar to the rest of the U.S. population, there are many ways schools can reduce food waste and teach students about the impact it has on the environment and in their community.

Click the picture and learn how your school can Reduce, Recover and Recycle.

After School Care Snack Program

The Afterschool Care Snack Program webpage has been updated. If you operate an afterschool care snack program, please visit this page for information and guidance about the meal pattern, recordkeeping requirements, and more.

New Central Location Visitor Process

ADE’s Central location  (3300 N. Central) has a new process for visitors

  • All guests/visitors will need to report to the 16th floor reception desk prior to visiting any unit.
  • Once visitors have checked in with the 16th floor receptionist, the receptionist will call the unit to confirm the appointment and ask that someone come down to the 16th floor reception desk to escort the visitor.
  • Each visitor will be given a badge that will designate their visitor status and the floor they’re visiting.
  • Visitor badges will need to the given back to the 16th floor reception desk at the end of each business day.

35 New AZ HealthierUS Award Winners!

35 New Arizona Schools become HealthierUS School Challenge Award Winners!

USDA has recently announced the latest round of recipients of the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Awards, including thirty-five additional Arizona schools.  With over 7500 HUSSC awardees nationally, this brings the total for Arizona to seventy-five!  Ranging in difficulty from Bronze to Gold of Distinction, these schools have implemented policies and practices which promote great nutrition and physical activity as a backdrop for academic excellence.  See all Arizona winners.

Four schools in Balsz Elementary School District are receiving Gold Awards after already achieving Silver Awards in 2012!  Boothe-Fickett Math & Science Magnet School in Tucson received a Silver Award, joining three previous Bronze Award winners in TUSD. Becoming the district with the largest number of HUSSC awards, Chandler Unified School District received twenty-nine Bronze Awards.  And finally, Julia Randall Elementary in Payson Elementary School District received the Silver Award.  Congratulations to the School Wellness Teams who led these efforts, including Food Service Directors and Managers: Claude Chatelain in Balsz, Shirley Sokol and Camilla Loehrer in TUSD, Wes Delbridge and Patty Narducci in Chandler, and Tracy Frandsen and Christine Murphy in Payson!  These champions worked hand in hand with administrators and PE teachers to create programs of excellence and document their efforts. They will have presentations made at their School Board meetings and in student body assemblies to celebrate their success.

As of August 30, 2014, the HealthierUS School Challenge has changed, now requiring NO documentation of meals, and focusing on criteria for Smarter Lunchrooms and Smart Snacks with the former criteria.  Check out the new criteria and contact HealthierUS School Challenge Specialist at (602) 364-3177 for more information about how to receive recognition and monetary awards for your programs!