The CIA Healthy Kids Collaborative is a year-round, invitational initiative designed to both accelerate innovation and deepen technical and professional expertise in K-12 school food. It is a unique and focused multi-year collaboration between school nutrition professionals, school chefs, suppliers, and other stakeholders to create and advance culinary driven, healthier foods for kids.
The CIA Healthy Kids Collaborative leverages the combined expertise and experience of members, corporate members, and invited content experts with the goals of discovering flavor and menu strategies, highlighting successes and best practices, and developing training protocols and resources. The Collaborative works collectively to explore culinary solutions to increase the availability and acceptance of healthy foods in schools, engage with leading suppliers and stakeholders to gain insights and ideas and to influence solutions, and share insights and solutions widely with school districts across the United States.
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Presentations from the Healthy Kids Collaborative are accessable for members only. The Culinary Institute of America has provided members with a password to access the PDF files below. Forgot your password? Contact us and we'll resend it to you!
The December 2015 Healthy Flavors, Healthy Kids Program includes the schedule, descriptions of all sessions, National School Nutrition Advisory Council member bios, information about presenters and chefs, and all recipes from the Summit.
Presentation by Cathy Powers, Healthy Kids Collaborative Chair
Healthy Kids Collaborative Members and Corporate Members worked together in teams on a market basket exercise, using Corporate Member products, to develop and produce menu items that help solve school meal challenges including flavor development for sodium reduction, increasing acceptance of vegetables, and/or increasing acceptance of whole grains.
Presentation by Aleshia Hall-Campbell, Institute of Child Nutrition
Presentation by Lisa Feldman, Sodexo, and Bart Minor, The Mushroom Council
Presentation by Bertrand Weber, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Ann Cooper, Chef Ann Foundation