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Food Service Training

Professional training to support food service staff and school meal programs.


Healthy eating at school begins in the cafeteria. Professional development trainings empower food service staff to support school meal programs and promote access to healthy foods in schools.

Healthy Eating Made Easier: Plan Your Plate Training

The Healthy Eating Made Easier: Plan Your Plate training is a 30- to 45-minute session that discusses the importance of learning about and promoting nutrition in the cafeteria. Designed for front line cafeteria staff, the training presents easy-to-remember strategies that can assist staff in encouraging healthy eating patterns. It discusses ways the cafeteria impacts the health and wellness of students and communities and covers specific actions that will make a difference for students on their journey to wellness.

Topics covered in the training include:

Community Nutrition Advisers (CNA's) are available upon request to deliver this training in California school districts. Contact a CNA to request the training.

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Training

Low- or no-cost ways to promote the consumption of healthy school lunch options and reduce plate waste use the evidence-based principles and practices of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement. A smarter lunchroom nudges students to make healthier choices on their own by changing the way that food choices are presented. Join the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement in California

Smarter Lunchrooms Movement training options include:

Contact us to request a free training from a Community Nutrition Adviser, who are all certified Technical Advising Professionals for the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement.

Taking Care of Yourself: For Foodservice Professionals during Stressful Times

The Taking Care of Yourself: For Foodservice Professionals during Stressful Times training is a four-part series that discusses the importance of self-care to increase well-being and productivity. Designed for front line cafeteria staff, the training series describes common sources of stress and provides research-proven methods for improving well-being. Participants will identify ways to take care of themselves and will prepare an action plan. Each of the 15-minute modules include a worksheet, quiz, and certificate for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for a total of 60 minutes CEUs. 

The training is online, pre-recorded and self-paced and provided to school districts at no-cost. It can also be offered as a live zoom or face to face training and tailored to school district needs. 

The four modules are:

Nutrition Education: The Vital Role of Foodservice Professionals

This training is a four-part series that highlights the importance of providing nutrition education and messaging during school meal service. Designed for front line cafeteria staff, the training series describes the benefits of nutrition education for students, the critical role of school nutrition in developing lifelong nutrition habits, and describes methods and resources that foodservice professionals can easily use to provide nutrition education to students. Each of the modules includes a worksheet, reference handouts, a quiz, and certificate for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for a total of 2.5 hours or 150 minutes CEUs. 

The training is online, pre-recorded and self-paced and provided to school districts at no-cost. It can also be offered as a live zoom or face to face training and tailored to school district needs. 

The four modules are:

Community Nutrition Advisers are available upon request to deliver this training in California school districts. Contact us to request the training.

Other Trainings

Community Nutrition Advisers are nutrition experts and can provide training on a variety of nutrition topics. Reach out to local advisers to discuss training needs.

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