Power Up Nutrition Education

  • Each month, Nutrition Services focuses on a different theme to support the teaching of nutrition education. 

March: Fuel Your Learning with School Breakfast

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many healthy breakfast families to find time for a healthy breakfast. But studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
  • Have better concentration and memory
  • Be more alert
  • Maintain a healthy weight

School breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. It is served every day, and is an option for all students! Spokane Public Schools takes pride in serving a variety of nutritious hot and cold choices at school breakfast.  

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education possible,” said Doug Wordell, SPS Nutrition Services director.

SPS offered free breakfast for all students March 3, 4 & 5 to celebrate National School Breakfast Week. 
Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals can get a free breakfast every school day!


February: Eat the Rainbow

Eat a rainbow every day! rainbow foods

The daily recommendation of fruits and vegetables is 5 cups for adults and 4 cups for kids. Students can choose from a variety of colors every day in their school's fruit and veggie bar.

Some of the benefits: greens keep your eyes healthy, red foods keep your heart healthy, orange and yellow lower your chance of getting cancer, blue and purple keep your memory strong and white foods can keep your cholesterol at a good level.

Learn more about the health benefits of eating the rainbow here.

January: Whole Grains Make a Difference

Whole grains provide health-energizing nutrients that are found in the bran (fiber) and germ. White bread (or refined grain) only provides the endosperm (starch or carbohydrates) and is not as nutrient dense. Choose whole grains every day to energize your health. whole grains make a difference. look for food with 100% whole grain on the label

Our school meals serve nutrient rich whole grains every day and many of them are grown and milled in the Spokane area. When you see the following on the menu, your child is eating whole grains:

  • Buns/ bread
  • Pizza crust
  • Pancakes/ Waffles
  • Cereals/ oatmeal
  • Flour tortillas
  • Tortilla chips
  • Brown rice

Download this flier to learn more about whole grains.

November & December: Go, Slow & Whoa Foods

Make healthy choices for a lifetime of fun!go!

Choose more "Go" foods that are lower in calories, higher in nutrients and help you build an awesome body that is always ready for fun! Go foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat dairy items, and lean proteins like chicken, fish, and beans. 

"Slow" foods are low in nutrients and higher in added fat, sugar, and calories. "Whoa" foods are the highest in added fat, sugar, and calories. If you have a Whoa food, choose a smaller portion and limit how often you have it (For example, once or twice a month).

October: Fuel Up To Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) is a leading national in-school fuel up to play 60  health and wellness program launched by the National Football League and National Dairy Council, which was founded by America's dairy farmers, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture. Fuel Up to Play 60's primary focus is to help schools meet their wellness goals and encourage youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

September: MyPlate

Healthy choices for your family with MyPlate! myplate graphic Eat from all five food groups every day. Think variety!

  • Focus on fruits (vitamins C & A, fiber)
  • Vary your veggies! (vitamins A & C, potassium, folate, fiber)
  • Make half of your grains whole grains! (fiber)
  • Choose lean protein (iron)
  • Dairy for strong bones and teeth! (calcium, vitamin D)

Students learn about MyPlate in fitness and health, and are offered foods from the five groups at school lunch every day. This helps connect the classroom to the cafeteria to enforce healthy eating habits.

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