- Information and Tips
- Classroom Snacks: ESS PTA Wellness Committee offers ideas for providing healthy snacks for your child’s class that meet the school’s food restrictions
- Fruits and Veggies – More Matters – fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables for good health!
- Back to School Ideas
- Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Food & Nutrition Info
- Nutrient and ingredient profiles of the food in MCPS
- MCPS Food & Nutrition, Nutrient & Allergen Data
- Any elementary school child purchasing lunch is entitled to a free, 8 ounce bottle of water. http://www.realfoodforkidsmontgomery.org/accomplishments.php
- A variety of a la carte items are available in the school cafeteria separate from meals. All items available for sale are in compliance with JPG-RA. Wellness: Physical and Nutritional Health. An example of an a la carte item served at ESS ES is low fat ice cream, available for purchase on Wednesdays. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/foodserv/menus/alacarte.aspx
- Parents have the ability to restrict the purchase of a la carte items. Contact the school cafeteria manager.
- All school food purchases are tracked and an account history can be requested if there is a need to check how money is being spent. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/foodserv/debitsystem/default.aspx?id=385154
- Doritos, Fruit Snacks Get the Boot as Montgomery County Schools Ban Certain Additives
- MCPS has instructed their vending company to begin the removal of marketing messages on vending machine fronts for beverages that are not allowed in daytime sales to bring them into compliance with their own wellness policy.
- In September, 2014, MCPS announced a new policy prohibiting from future bids for school food the following chemicals in future MCPS food: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), trans fat, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Aspartame, Acesulfame-Potassium, Saccharin, Butylated Hydroxyanisol (BHA), Potassium Bromate, Propyl Gallate, Sodium Tripoly Phoshate (STPP), and Tert-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ).
- Eat 5 a day, the color way
- Choose My Plate
- Build a Healthy Meal
- Build a Healthy Meal (Spanish)
- Enjoy Foods From Many Cultures
- Enjoy Foods From Many Cultures (Spanish)
- Read it before you Eat it
- Choosing a Healthy Drink
- Rethink your Drink
- Cut Back On Sweet Treats
- Cut Back On Sweet Treats (Spanish)
- Added Sugar in the Diet
- ReFresh Full Curriculum – This curriculum developed by the University of Maryland Extension, Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program (FSNE) focuses on encouraging fourth and fifth grade students to consume more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and being more physically active.
- Maryland Farm to School Program
- Getting Covered: A Tool for Helping Children & Families Access Health Care in Montgomery County, MD
- Getting Covered – Spanish
- Let’s Move
- Be A Fit Kid Tipsheet
- Be An Active Family Tipsheet
- Be An Active Family – Spanish
- Yoga for Kids
- Gratitude = Happiness
- Walk/Bike to School Map