Child Nutrition

NUTRITION

Mississippi Achievement School District's Department of Child Nutrition is administered through the United States Department of Agriculture, the Mississippi State Department of Education, and the local School District. 
It is our goal to serve a well balanced, nutritious, and safe meals to all students, faculty, and staff members of the school district. Meals, foods, and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. 

We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students. This department is a self-supporting and nonprofit program that receives federal and state funding. 

NUTRITION EDUCATION
In the Office of Child Nutrition, part of our goal is to foster happy, healthy and successful children by providing them with the right fuel they need for growing, learning and developing. This is accomplished by offering our children Nutrition Education resources along with nutrient-rich foods and beverages that follow USDA’s Nutrition Standards Guidelines. When children fill up on proper high quality nutrition, their bodies and brains will naturally have less room for empty calorie foods that offer them no nutritional value (i.e. soft drinks, chips, candy, desserts etc.).
Selecting foods that are beneficial to our everyday health can assist in the reduction of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. Healthy eating habits coupled with daily physical activity can lead to a lifetime of good health and well-being. Learning about healthy eating habits can occur in: classrooms, school cafeterias, libraries, health fairs and home environments.
The Division of Nutrition Education promotes several USDA nutrition resources as well as local grants that provide positive health benefits to Mississippi school districts. Resources such as: Team Nutrition, HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) and the Nutrition Integrity Grant sponsored by The Bower Foundation.

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Nutrition and Physical Activity
Nutrition is the study of food at work in our bodies; our source for energy. Good nutrition means getting the right amount of nutrients from healthy foods in the right combinations. Having nutrition knowledge and making smart choices about the foods you eat can and will help you achieve optimum health over your lifetime, and helps you avoid obesity, illness, and many of today’s most prevalent chronic diseases. Nutrition is just one key to developing and maintaining good health. Good health is defined as a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

Regular physical activity, fitness, and exercise are essential to prevent and reduce risks of many diseases and improve physical and mental health. Studies show that being physically active, combined with proper nutrition can add up to five years to your life. Physical activity also keeps you in shape so you can enjoy leisure activities and safely perform a variety of activities. It offers great mental and social benefits as well.

Being physically active can help you:

  • Be more attentive in class and perform better in school
  • Feel better about yourself, less stress
  • Decrease your risk of chronic diseases
  • Sleep Better
  • Move around more easily
  • Have stronger muscles and bones
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Feel Happier
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Letter

We are pleased to inform you that the Mississippi Achievement School District will continue to participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs... Click here to view letter.

G. Griffin-Hodo

Gail Griffin
Director, Child Nutrition & Operations
(662) 247.6073
ggriffin@masd.k12.ms.us

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