Food Safe Schools Program

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NEHA's Food Safe Schools Program, part of the National Coalition for Food Safe Schools (NCFSS) (www.foodsafeschools.org/), is dedicated to improving the health, education, and well-being of young people. NCFSS is a work group of representatives from a variety of renowned national organizations, associations, and state and government agencies that have interest or active involvement in reducing foodborne illness in the United States by improving food safety in schools. As part of this coalition, NEHA will help build the capacity of local and state health and education departments to work within coordinated school health programs at preventing foodborne illnesses. Recognizing the importance of team-work among disciplines, many organizations are working with NEHA in NCFSS, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Adolescent and School Health, the American Nurses Foundation, the American School Food Service Association, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Rhode Island Department of Public Health (Kids First), and many others.

Current activities of NEHA's Food Safe Schools Program include

* Expansion, enhancement, and promotion of NEHA's school health/food safety resources evaluation Web site -- A user-friendly Web site has been developed to serve as a resource for school health/food safety training materials. Through NEHA, an experienced team of environmental health professionals reviews a continually updated inventory of school health/food safety resource and training materials for content, quality, and compatibility with the FDA Food Code.

* Promotion of the Food Safe Schools Action Guide -- The purpose of the Food Safe Schools Action Guide is to help schools assess their food safety programs and to help prevent young people from becoming ill as a result of improperly prepared or mishandled food. …