Autumn is the perfect time to celebrate at school. Celebrations can involve one classroom or the entire school.  When planning large celebrations be sure to include students, parents, the cafeteria staff, administration, school nurse, school wellness committee.

Here’s one idea from – Try this new spin on apple bobbing: Cut out lots of apples from red construction paper. On each apple, write activities for kids, such as “do 5 jumping jacks.” Place a paper clip on each apple and put them in a large basket. Tie a magnet to a string. Let the children take turns “bobbing” with their magnet and doing the activity written on their apple. Give children a fresh apple for participating.

Here are a few other events that could be celebrated in a healthy way:

Back to School Night (Focus on taste testing)

Start the year off with a Pen Pal Program

September – National Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month

September – Maryland Home Grown School Lunch Week

Football – Can be done any time in the fall

October – National School Lunch Week

October – Walk to School Day

October Eat Better Eat Together Month

October – National Apple Month

October National Farm to School Month

Healthy Halloween Games

Host a Healthy Fall Festival

November – Native American Heritage Month

November – Healthy Election Day

November – Turkey Trot

Other possible events to celebrate during different months of the year.

FSNE educators and teachers could use these events as opportunities to craft a multi-layered SEM intervention at FSNE schools.

Curricular Connections: Extending classroom-based nutrition education into the cafeteria helps students connect the information they’ve learned to the choices available in the lunchroom. Many fall celebrations can be conducted in the cafeteria.  See our section on the Cafeteria Classroom Connection.

 Healthy Food Ideas:

Healthy Celebrations

Celebrate in a Healthy Way

Promoting Healthy Celebrations

 Connect with Parents:

General Resources:

Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet