ATTENTION: CHILD NUTRITION DIRECTORS, WELLNESS
The Arkansas Department of Education Child
Nutrition Unit has developed and identified several tools for schools to use as
they are learning about and incorporating the updated Arkansas Nutrition
Standards, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Final Rule for Smart
Snacks regulations, and USDA Final Rule for Wellness Policies.
(attached) - a two-page summary of policies, procedures, and plans related to
the Arkansas Rules Governing Nutrition, Physical Activity, and BMI and the
federal Smart Snacks requirements. Page
two addresses providing and selling snacks with a checklist of standards.
Questions and Answers
Related to Smart Snacks in Arkansas Schools (attached) - addresses topics specific
to the Arkansas schools including kindergarten snacks, 9 special event days,
and testing days.
Smart Snacks in Arkansas
(attached) – a slide presentation with notes that may be used to conduct
workshops for staff/teachers/parents/wellness committees. The materials may also be distributed
electronically or in print.
All of these resources and many others are
available on the Arkansas Child Nutrition webpage at http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/child-nutrition-unit
United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) Smart Snacks Questions and Answers (attached) – address
federal regulations only.
· Tools for Wellness Policies
· Tools related to the
updated nutrition standards, including Smart Snacks http://www.fns.usda.gov/healthierschoolday/tools-schools
· Tools Related to Best
Practices for Child Nutrition
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention Resources:
· Tools for Promoting a
Healthy School Nutrition Environment
Alliance for a
Healthier Generation Resources:
· Tools for Snacks and
· Tools for Wellness
· Tools for Breakfast and
If you have questions or concerns, please
contact your district’s Child Nutrition area specialist or Stephanie Alsbrook
at (501) 324-9502.
Healthy Schools Compliance Model
Questions and Answers Related to Smart Snacks
in Arkansas Schools
Smart Snacks in Arkansas Schools
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Smart Snacks Questions and Answers