Nutrition Services

Healthy Kids Challenge Health, Cafeteria & WorkersNews: SPARK Acquires the Healthy Kids Challenge Program! 

SPARK is proud to offer Healthy Kids Challenge® (HKC), a nationally recognized program created by an exemplary team of registered, licensed dietitians with many years of school, program, and community wellness experience.

Awards and Honors: HKC Principals and staff have earned great accolades for their work including:

  • American Dietetic Association's "Award of Excellence for Community Dietetics"
  • National Advertising Council "CAN (Community Action Network) Award"
  • Cooking Light named HKC one of the "Top 12 Change Makers in Nutrition" over the past 25 years
  • Cooper Clinic study "Silver" ranking for programming
  • National Dairy Council honored HKC as "Most Sustainable Grant Project"

Together, SPARK and HKC provide nutrition education materials, on-site teacher training, and follow up support to schools and after school programs nationwide.

Audience: Curriculum/materials are age-appropriate for teachers of K-8 students.

Click Here to view the "HECAT: Healthy Eating Module" report for HKC.

Click Here to review Healthy Kids Challenge educational resources using GENIE: A Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education.

Click Here to view the Healthy Kids Challenge alignment with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s HOST (Healthy Out-of-School Time) Framework.

Click Here to view how Healthy Kids Challenge was developed with evidence-based research and is a practice-based curriculum and program.

Program Components:

1.  Needs Assessment

A thorough needs assessment (phone and survey) is conducted prior to any professional development session. This information is used to focus the workshop to the particular needs of the students served and the teachers attending.

2.  Curriculum

HKC Balance My Day-Nutrition Education Curriculum (grades K-2, 3-5 or 6-8) is available through SPARK.

Click Here for more information and to view sample content. Order-Now

3.  Training

SPARK and HKC offer two training options for you to choose from: "Balance My Day" Training or a Nutrition-Themed Workshop.

Click Here for more information on the training options.


4.  Distance Assistance Program

Audience:  School wellness teams and/or coordinators, grades K-12.  Individual school teams recommended but can work with district teams as well.  Best use of this program is as a follow-up after a Balance My Day curriculum training or Ignite a Healthy Environment training!

Click Here for more information on the Distance Assistance Program.

5.  Lifetime Support

For a program to work and last, extensive, ongoing consultation must be provided. SPARK demonstrates commitment to follow-up via their unique “SPARK Stars” institutionalization model, by offering FREE, lifetime support to each curriculum/material purchaser and/or workshop attendee through 800 number and e-mail consultation, a monthly webinar series, social networking opportunities and an informational monthly eNewsletter that includes SPARK updates and teaching tips. For more information on the FREE lifetime support SPARK provides, Click Here.

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