Jennefer Smart, Supervisor of School Nutrition, (615) 451- 5217
Linda Becker, School Nutrition Consultant
The Sumner County SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAM (SNP) is changing to prepare for education in the 21st Century. The program is beginning to incorporate nutrition education in its operation to help in developing total body wellness among all students. In education we invest in children’s health to share the universal vision in Tennessee hoping that students become higher achievers, healthier, and more physically fit. Good nutrition is vitally important in our program.
Poor health is lifestyle-related. To change a behavior, the change must be practiced for a minimum of 21 days, and it must have 50 hours per year for three years of planned, sequential activity.
The State mandated Lifetime Wellness curriculum includes nutrition as one of the seven required strands. Topics that are included are the food guide pyramid, new food labeling laws, and more education in teaching the dietary guidelines.
In our program we want to make available to you nutrition education in the classroom. The school nutrition managers can plan their time to help you with teaching units on nutrition to your students. They would be happy to make themselves available to you when time permits to aid in applying nutrition education in the classroom. Please do not hesitate to contact the School Nutrition Supervisor, Jennefer Smart, at 451-5217, if we can assist in any manner.
The School Nutrition Association and the School Nutrition Directors across the nation are working diligently to ensure funding is allocated in the federal budget for nutrition education.
It has been proven through research that there is a correlation between the achievement levels of students and good nutrition. It is important that School Nutrition is an entity with the total educational process. Good nutrition is an integral part that contributes to the successes of the educational system.