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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. 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:  150 to 300
  • Saturated fat (% of total calories): <10%
  • Percent calories from total sugar:  ≤35%

Exemptions:

  • Exempt from saturated fat criteria: reduced-fat cheese (including part-skim mozzarella); nuts, seeds or nut/seed butters
  • Exempt from sugar criteria: frozen fruit with no added sugars; fruit canned in 100% juice, light syrup or water; dried fruits with no added sugars; dried cranberries, tart cherries or blueberries, sweetened only for processing and/or palatability; yogurt with less than 23 grams of sugar per 6 oz.
  • Exempt from saturated fat and sugar criteria: trail mix of only dried fruit and nuts and/or seeds, with no added sugars or fats

Specific beverage guidelines:

  • Fat in milk products: Fat-free (skim) Low-fat (1%) milk, and yogurt
  • Juice specifications: Only 100% juice; amount served not to exceed 6.75 oz.; 6 oz. portion preferred; limit to 90 calories per 6 oz. serving or 100 calories per 6.75 oz. serving; strongly suggest pairing with non-sweet snack
  • Amount of milk served per snack in ounces: 8 oz.
  • 100% juice and flavored fat-free and 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):  ≤1230 

*Criteria based on USDA Smart Snacks in School Standards and the CACFP Child Meal Standards

**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.

Other Nutrition Policies:

  • Food is not used as a reward or punishment.
  • Vending and concessions will meet established nutrition standards.
  • Staff will role model healthy behaviors to students.

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 used or taken away as 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.

Websites and Other Resources


N.E.A.T. Approved Sites

Congratulations to the afterschool programs that have achieved N.E.A.T. Approved status at the Gold, Silver or Bronze award level for the 2016-2017 school year.

N.E.A.T. Approved Gold
Ball Camp YMCA
Bearden YMCA
Beaumont YMCA
Christenberry Knoxville Parks and Recreation
Green Magnet YMCA
Farragut Intermediate YMCA
Hardin Valley YMCA
Halls YMCA
Northshore YMCA
Pleasant Ridge YMCA
Sarah Moore Greene YMCA
Shannondale YMCA
Spring Hill YMCA
Cedar Bluff YMCA
Bluegrass YMCA

N.E.A.T. Approved Silver
Vestal Boys and Girls Club
Walter P. Taylor Boys and Girls Club

Middlebrook Boys and Girls Club
Northridge Crossing Boys and Girls Club
Carter Boys and Girls Club
Haslam Boys and Girls Club
Western Heights Boys and Girls Club

N.E.A.T. Approved Bronze
Halls/Powell Boys and Boys Club
The Restoration House, Emerald Youth Foundation

For more information about N.E.A.T. in Knox County, contact us here.

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

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

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location, 140 Dameron Ave., opens at 10 a.m. The Teague, 405 Dante Rd., and West, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, Clinics open at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

On the following dates, the Teague Clinic will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. only:

  • Oct. 2 -5
  • Oct. 16 – Nov. 6
  • Nov. 8
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

On the following dates, the West Clinic will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. only:

  • Oct. 2 -5
  • Oct. 16 – Nov. 6
  • Nov. 8
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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