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Cherry Creek Schools is committed to supporting the learning process and nurturing the whole child through our Comprehensive Wellness Strategy  focusing on Physical, Psychological and Environmental wellness.  To help ensure that wellness is a focus in Cherry Creek, the wellness team supports a number of initiatives and provides many resources for implementing programs within our schools. As a part of this strategy, Food and Nutrition Services supports several initiatives to promote healthy eating habits in our students. Learn more about several of these resources and initiatives below.

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District Wellness Policy
Smart Snacks In Schools
Wellness Toolkit
Nutrition Education
Recycling Information


Wellness is good for kids and good for learning. Cherry Creek is committed to a culture of wellness within our schools and the district’s wellness policy outlines the practices encouraged within our district to help create this desired culture.

Cherry Creek Schools Wellness Policy


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In order to foster a healthy food environment in schools, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed a federal rule known as ‘Smart Snacks in School’ which establishes nutrition standards for all foods sold to students on a school campus. The ‘Smart Snacks’ standards apply to any foods sold in competition with the reimbursable meals provided by the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and was effective July 1, 2014. These rules will be applied along with previously established Colorado competitive food rules. The ‘Smart Snacks’ nutrition standards will replace the district’s a la carte nutrition guidelines put in place starting in school year 2007-08. See key information below when planning for next school year.


Competitive Foods: any foods sold to students on a school campus during the school dayother than reimbursable meals sold through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

School Campus: all areas of the property under the jurisdiction of the school that is accessible to students during the school day.

School Day: the period from the midnight before to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.  
Colorado requires that no food items are sold to students in competition with the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs during the time period 30 minutes before through 30 minutes after the breakfast and lunch periods. This includes all food-based fundraising efforts.


Foods sold in school cafeterias that are not a part of the reimbursable school meal.

Other Food Service Operations (DECA cafeterias, school stores)

Vending Machines

Bake sales and other food-based fundraisers


These nutrition standards do not apply to foods brought to school by families such as those served at class parties or in lunches brought from home.


Allowable food items must be whole grain or the 1st ingredient must be a fruit, vegetable, dairy or protein food.  In addition, ‘Smart Snacks’ sets the following nutrition standards:


All food-based fundraisers conducted in Cherry Creek Schools will be subject to the new nutrition standards established by the ‘Smart Snacks’ regulation. Please note the following as you plan fundraisers to be conducted during the school year.

  • There is no limit to the number of fundraisers conducted that are not food-based (school supplies, spirit wear, wrapping paper, etc)
  • There is no limit to the number of fundraisers that are food-based but meet the nutrition standards and that are not sold during school meal periods or 30 minutes before and after.
  • The Colorado Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition has established that each school is allowed 3 food-based fundraisers per school year may be exempt from the ‘Smart Snacks’ nutrition standards.
  • These rules do not apply to foods sold outside of the school day or food fundraisers not meant to be consumed at school.
If you have questions about these new rules or to learn if a product meets the nutrition standards, please contact Shanna Williams at (720) 886-7156 or swilliams102@cherrycreekschools.org

2018-2019 Smart Snacks Information
Food-Based Fundraising Essential Information

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Are you a teacher looking for ways to promote wellness in your classroom? Or a parent interested in how best to contribute to wellness efforts in your child's school? Compiled by the Cherry Creek Wellness Team, the Wellness Toolkit addresses each of the components of our Comprehensive Wellness Strategy and provides a wealth of resources and best practices for promoting wellness in our schools.

Cherry Creek Schools Wellness Toolkit

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The CCSD Food and Nutrition Services Department offers a comprehensive nutrition education program for classrooms. Dietitians from the Student Nutrition Center come to your classroom to teach your students the ins and outs of proper nutrition.

Sugar:  What Do You Know About It?

Age Group: 3rd -12th

This presentation covers sugars in depth – the difference between natural and added sugar, how sugar is used in the body and the pitfalls of too much sugar. To illustrate the large presence of sugar in our diet, students measure the amount of sugar in popular beverages.

Fat: Blubber Burgers

Age Group: 4th-12th

Fat is a large part of our diet – sometimes too large. This presentation gives an overview of how fat is used in our body, why it’s necessary and the different types of fat in foods.   Students then see how much fat is actually in some of their favorite meals at popular restaurants.

Portion Distortion

Age Group: 5th-12th

Obesity is a hot topic. This presentation covers obesity trends for the United States and poses the question of the difference between a portion and a serving.  Because portions have changed drastically in recent years, students participate in an interactive quiz to illustrate these changes. Students can see how increased portion sizes have led to weight gain in the United States.

Go, Slow, Whoa.

Age Group: K-2nd

In this presentation participants learn how to identify the foods they should eat the most often and those they should save for treats. An interactive activity is involved where students will create a bracelet featuring the “Go, Slow, Whoa” identifying colors (green, yellow, red). 

Little D, the Five-Food Group Dragon

Age Group: K-2nd

This is a story about a Royal Food Family that comes across a little dragon that is very ill because he doesn’t eat well, or exercise.  In this story the students learn the importance of eating right and getting plenty of exercise.

Growing Good Health (K-2nd)

Age Group: K-2nd

In this presentation we read a book called “Growing Vegetable Soup”.   We discuss the importance of eating fruits and vegetables.  We also do an interactive activity where we put beans in paper towel and zip lock bags so the students can watch them sprout.

Contact Information

To schedule a presentation for your classroom, contact Samantha Kostman via email at the Student Nutrition Center or call 720-886-7137.

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The Recycling Awareness Committee is a partnership between the Maintenance and Food and Nutrition Services Departments to explore recycling options within the district and provide best practices for implementing these opportunities. The committee meets three times per year to discuss these options. The documents below are meant to help schools and buildings start or continue recycling efforts.

Recycling Best Practices

Carton Council School Guide

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                                                                               USDA Nondiscrimination Statement – English

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

 (2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or

 (3)       email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Declaración de No-discriminación del USDA – Español


Declaración de No-discriminación del USDA – Español


De acuerdo con la ley Federal de derechos civiles y los reglamentos y políticas del Departamento de Agricultura de los E.E.U.U. (USDA), el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas y empleados e instituciones que participan en, o administran los programas del USDA, tienen prohibido la discriminación con base en raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o represalias o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en cualquier programa o actividad conducida o financiada por el USDA. Las personas con discapacidades que requieran medios alternos de comunicación para el programa de información (por ejemplo en Braille, letra grande, audio grabado, Lenguaje de Señas, etc.), deben contactar a la Agencia (Estatal o local) donde solicitaron sus beneficios. Los individuos que sean sordos, que tengan dificultad para oír o impedimentos del habla pueden contactar al USDA mediante el Servicio Federal de ‘Relay’ al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa puede estar disponible en otros idiomas además del inglés.


Para emitir una queja por discriminación del programa, llene un Formulario de Quejas de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que se encuentra en línea:  http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o envíe una carta por escrito dirigida al USDA y proporcione toda la información requerida en el formulario. Para pedir una copia del formulario de quejas, llame al (866) 632-9992.

Mande su formulario completo o carta al USDA por: correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; o correo electrónico al: program.intake@usda.gov. Esta institución es un proveedor de oportunidades equitativas.


Declaración de No-Discriminación (Versión corta) – Español

Esta institución en un proveedor de oportunidades equitativas.


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