Valentine’s parties – how to make SFUSD’s Wellness Policy work for you

Photo of watermelon from denise carrasco, CC BY 2.0
With Valentine's Day and Valentine's Day parties coming up, we heard from principals this week that parents are embracing healthy snacks for class parties. We want to give a shout out to all parents for helping to make good on SFUSD’s longstanding commitment to school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating—even at class parties.

In fact, we have a Wellness Policy that outlines how we approach nutrition throughout the school day.

Having a class party?

Schedule celebrations that involve food or beverages after lunch, and make sure what you serve meets SFUSD’s nutrition guidelines.

SFUSD parent Alison Eastwood has lots of experience with healthy party food. She’s a nutritionist by training, has three kids and is the snack coordinator at Miraloma Elementary. Here are some kid-tested fun ideas Alison recommends for this year’s Valentine’s party:

  • Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut sandwiches into a valentine
  • Slice a watermelon onto half-inch slabs and cut watermelon ‘cookies’ with a heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Thread melon chunks and berries onto wooden skewers and add a strawberry at the end to make a cupid arrow

Fun things you can add to any party:

  • Physical activities
  • Games
  • Fruit cups
  • Fruit yogurt parfaits
  • Smoothies
  • Vegetables and dips