The Team Nutrition Project is a collaborative initiative of the Health Department and School District. This project promotes and reinforces healthy life style choices for children through nutrition education, meal planning and physical activity. The project, initially piloted in six elementary schools in 1999, was expanded to include all Manchester schools in 2000.
A Team Nutrition newsletter with nutrition information (in addition to a web site with health information) acompanies the menu sent to parents of all elementary children. Team Nutrition participates in other programs such as the:
USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Healthy School Bulletin Boards
Winning with Wellness Program
Guiding Stars Program
Family Book Bag Program
School Health Advisory Council and more
The Team Nutrition Project, through education, promotion, and marketing, has enhanced and improved School Lunch Menus, contributing to a greater then ten percent gain in elementary student sales. Partnerships have been formed with the Makin’ It Happen Coalition, Catholic Medical Center, Elliot Health Systems, Dartmouth Hitchcock Manchester, Greater Manchester Mental Health, UNH Cooperative Extension, and the American Cancer Society.