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Nutrition Education Activity Training

Nutrition Education Activity Training

What is N.E.A.T.?

N.E.A.T., or Nutrition Education Activity Training, is a program designed to teach and promote healthy eating behaviors among youth in Knox County. N.E.A.T. began as an initiative to combat childhood obesity and now reaches more than 1,000 children in afterschool sites. During the school year, trained volunteers lead interactive discussions and games centered on healthy eating and physical activity. Children also taste test healthy foods as part of the lessons.

N.E.A.T. Approved

Seeking to enhance the N.E.A.T. Program and create healthy environments, KCHD and local after-school programs developed the N.E.A.T. Approved designation. This designation requires after-school providers to incorporate environmental policy changes at their sites that promote healthy eating and physical activity. The Knox County Health Department is excited to debut the new N.E.A.T. Approved tier system! Beginning August 1, 2015, eligible afterschool sites will be designated N.E.A.T. Approved Gold, Silver or Bronze depending on their level of achievement of the environmental policies related to nutrition, physical activity and special events. Parents are encouraged to get involved at their child’s afterschool program to help plan and participate in N.E.A.T. Approved Family Involvement events that include delicious N.E.A.T. Approved foods and fun games and activities for all ages! 

N.E.A.T. Approved Policies

Nutrition Policies

N.E.A.T. Approved snack criteria:

  • Minimum – maximum calories:  200 to 300
  • Saturated fat (% of total calories):  <10%
  • Percent calories from total sugar:  ≤35% (Exceptions: Fruit with no added sugar and yogurt can have up to 30g of sugar)

Specific beverage guidelines:

  • Fat in milk products: Fat-free (skim) Low-fat (1%) milk, yogurt and cheese
  • Juice specifications: Only 100% juice
  • Amount of milk served per snack in ounces: 4-8 oz.
  • Amount of juice served per snack in ounces: 4-8 oz.
  • 100% juice and flavored fat-free or flavored 1% milk can be served no more than a total of 3 times per week

*N.E.A.T. Approved meal criteria:

  • Minimum – maximum calories:  550 – 650 calories
  • Saturated fat (% of total calories):  <10% of calories
  • **Sodium (mg):  ≤1235 

*Criteria based on a weekly average

**Sodium will reduced to USDA FNS Target 2, which is less than or equal to 935mg, by school year 2017-2018. Sodium will be reduced to USDA FNS Final Target, which is less than or equal to 640mg, by school year 2022-2023.

Physical Activity Policies

15 minutes or more of physical activity offered per hour

10-14 minutes of physical activity offered per hour

5-9 minutes of physical activity offered per hour

  • Physical activity includes any physically active video games, such as Wii Fit
  • Physical activity is not allowed to be used as a punishment

Family Involvement

  • The Program Site will host at least ONE family event per year to promote healthy eating, physical activity and being N.E.A.T. Approved!

Special Event Policies

  • A special event is defined as any non-routine event, such as a party, that is hosted by the site
  • Such an event must follow the above nutrition policies and food provided must meet N.E.A.T. Approved snack or meal criteria

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Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning on the first Wednesday of every month for staff in-service. The main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, locations open at 10:30 a.m.

405 Dante Road
Knoxville, TN 37918
865-215-5500

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Closed:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
(daily for lunch)

All KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning on the first Wednesday of every month for staff in-service. The main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, locations open at 10:30 a.m.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning on the first Wednesday of every month for staff in-service. The main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, locations open at 10:30 a.m.

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