Healthy CPS Right Foods 


Students consume at least two-thirds of their calories at school so it's important to ensure healthy foods and beverages are available to promote student nutrition and better learning. Healthy CPS works to ensure all foods and beverages provided on school grounds are healthy!


Healthy CPS

Healthy CPS is supercharging students for learning through the following activities:

All Schools
  • School Food
    • The CPS Local School Wellness Policy requires that:
      • All schools serving National School Lunch and Breakfast meet the federal, state and local nutrition requirements
      • All schools meet the CPS Food Service Guidelines for school meals provided through the dining center
      • CPS continues to commit to purchasing local products for the school food program
    • CPS requires all schools to provide universal free breakfast for students beginning on the first day of school

  • All food provided on school grounds that is not a part of the school meals program (i.e., a la carte, school stores, vending machines) must meet the CPS Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy nutrition criteria
  • Healthy Celebrations and Fundraising:
    • The Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy also requires that schools adopt local school Healthy Celebration and Fundraising Plans; if schools do not have a plan they should only provide two unhealthy celebrations and fundraisers per school year

Elementary and Middle Schools
  • All students K-8 receive nutrition education at all grade levels
  • School food at the early childhood level meets or exceeds CPS' nutrition guidelines or the Child and Adult Care Food Program guidelines - Family style dining is recommended
  • Implement Healthy Celebration and Fundraising Plans
  • Reinforce positive behavior with non-food rewards; physical activity and/or food are not given or withheld as a punishment
  • Middle Schools provide nutrition education in at least two grade levels

High School
  • Provide nutrition education in two required courses for graduation
  • Implement Healthy Celebration and Fundraising Plans
  • Reinforce positive behavior with non-food rewards; physical activity and/or food are not given or withheld as a punishment
  At Home

Parents can supercharge their children for learning too! Here are some ideas you can do at home:

  • Join your child's School Wellness Team
  • Get to know the School Wellness Champion
  • Encourage your child's school to provide healthy celebrations and celebrate children with non-food celebrations or healthy foods
  • Be a part of the Local School Council to ensure your child's school is doing healthy fundraisers and that wellness is a priority - refer to Bright Ideas 1-pager
  • Become familiar with the school meal nutrition guidelines
  • Review the weekly menu with your child and have them pick out what they will have for breakfast and lunch
  • Become familiar with the Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy
  • Talk to your child's school about how they are incorporating nutrition education throughout the school day
  • Pack a healthy snack, for example fruit and vegetables, for your child - refer to the healthy snack list
  • Ask your child if he/she received a trading card and/or bookmark at school that features a different vegetable and farmer each month
  • Follow these tips for being a healthy role model at home
  • Review the food groups with your children at each meal and discuss the health benefits of a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of foods
  • Limit sugar sweetened beverages and encourage your child to drink water when they are feeling thirsty
  • Reduce time spent in front of the screen and get moving; go on family walks, build a snowman, splash in a puddle, or dance to your favorite music
  • Try growing your own vegetables or herbs in a small garden or right in your windowsill
  • Celebrate special occasions-like birthdays or anniversaries-with something active (non- food related), such as a hike, a volleyball or soccer game or playing Frisbee at the park
  • Plan a healthy menu for a week and get your children involved in planning and cooking
  • Eat together as a family
  • Plan for healthy snacks: choose nutritious foods that are easy to eat and on-the-go, like fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Store especially tempting foods, like cookies, chips, or ice cream, out of immediate eyesight, like on a high shelf or at the back of the freezer - move the healthy food to the front at eye level

Page Last Modified on Monday, March 31, 2014

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Contact information

Office of Student Health and Wellness
125 South Clark Street
9th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: 773-553-3560
Fax: 773.553.1883