The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is dedicated to helping fight obesity and the diseases associated with obesity. In addition, the department is committed to providing adequate nutrition for proper growth and development of the body and the mind. Children with adequate nutrition are able to focus better on learning, have improved behaviors and test scores, and fewer absences. As a result, the ADE has developed the Arizona Nutrition Standards to assist schools, parents, and communities in providing a model of healthy living that decreases the risk of obesity and allows our children to excel in school.
The Department of Education has developed the Arizona Nutrition Standards, required by ARS 15-242. The law mandates that all kindergarten through eight grade schools who participate in the National School Lunch Program implement the Arizona Nutrition Standards.
The foundation for the Arizona Nutrition Standards is based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Federal Child Nutrition Program regulations.
- View The Arizona Nutrition Standards
- View The Quick Guide to The Arizona Nutrition Standards
- View the Stakeholder Panel’s Recommendation
- View the Voluntary Arizona Nutrition Standards (VANS) for High Schools
More Information on School Nutrition and Wellness Policies
Resources for other Provisions of ARS 15-242
- View ARS 15-242
- Contract Assistance
- New sponsors on NSLP
Resource for Arizona Nutrition Standards
Health and Nutrition Services
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street, Bin 7
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Tel: (602) 542-8700
Toll Free: (800) 352-4558
Fax: (602) 542-3818 or (602) 542-1531