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9 Steps to Smart Snacks

It’s week four of our Swap Your Snack Countdown and it’s time to talk implementation.

Implementing USDA Smart Snacks in Schools Standards is a process. It’s one that includes a la carte items, vending machines, snack carts, school stores and in-school fundraisers. And it’s a process that is going to take a collective effort from staff all across the school building.  With all that to consider, implementation can come off as a little intimidating. Let’s change that.

We teamed up with the School Nutrition Association to launch a series of tools for Smart Snacks that includes a step-by-step guide to get started, plug-and-play presentations to educate different audiences, taste testing tools to engage students, sample newsletters to spread the word with parents and community members, and training materials for cafeteria staff.

Whether you are taking big steps or baby steps toward implementing Smart Snacks, here is a roadmap for your travels.

9 Steps to Smart Snacks


Help us spread the word on school success and tools for schools to use for new Smart Snacks standards. Below are premade tweets you can copy, paste and share from your Twitter account.

Happy, healthy tweeting!

  • Week four of @HealthierGen’s #SwapYourSnack Countdown is all about implementation. Here are 9 steps to get started
  • #SmartSnack implementation can be a little intimidating. Let’s change that. Here are 9 steps to #SwapYourSnack
  • Join @HealthierGen for their #SwapYourSnack Countdown to get ready for new #SmartSnacks in schools standards.

We hope you will share this information and our stories of inspiration with your colleagues. Don’t hesitate to call 1-888-KID-HLTH if you have questions about the standards. Our school health guides are happy to chat with you.

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