Smart Choices is a partnership between Dakota County school districts and Dakota County Public Health that focuses on creating a healthier school environment by increasing opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. Research shows that improving eating and activity habits will help students maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of chronic disease, as well as improve academic performance.
Smart Choices toolkit Check out the Smart Choices Toolkit for ideas and practical resources for improving school nutrition and increasing physical activity before, during and after school.
Introduction to the Smart Choices ToolkitSmart Choices Fact SheetThe Learning Connection District Wellness Policies
Nutrition resourcesBreakfastLunchA la CarteStudent VendingClassroom SnacksFarm-to-SchoolSchool Stores and ConcessionsClassroom CelebrationsClassroom RewardsFundraisingSchool GardensSalad BarHealthy Hydration
Physical activity resources Active Recess Active ClassroomsSafe Routes to SchoolBefore and After School Quality Physical EducationCommunity AccessSmart Choices resultsThe Smart Choices partnership has achieved many important policy, systems, and environmental outcomes. Smart Choices teams have conducted comprehensive assessments of food sold in the school cafeteria, vending machines and school stores as well as policies covering fundraising and classroom celebrations. A few of the key changes since 2009 include:
Smart Choices is funded in part by the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
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