As more and more children participate in after-school programs, childcare providers play a key role in promoting nutrition for kids. Serving fruits and vegetables and nutritious snacks will help children get the nourishment and energy they need to be healthy.

Plus, the healthy eating habits kids gain from these programs will help them make nutritious choices in the future. From coloring pages and posters to tip sheets and more, Shape Your Future offers tons of ways to help after-school and childcare programs instill healthy environments.


For kids, school nutrition is vital to academic achievement. Students with healthy eating habits focus more, concentrate better and are more successful in school—with higher test scores and better classroom participation.

Plus, they have fewer absences and discipline problems, too.

It is imperative that schools promote student nutrition. Here are just a few ways to get started:

  • Display healthy menu items in the cafeteria.
  • Incorporate fruits and vegetables into all lunch options.
  • Include healthy food choices in vending machines.
  • Offer healthy foods or non-food items for fundraising events.
  • Create a school garden.