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Healthy Celebrations

Healthy Celebrations are opportunities for students to mark birthdays, holidays, and other festivities with FUN, rather than food.

Our Healthy Celebrations guidelines ensure that students receive consistent health messages and can help teach healthy lifestyle choices by reducing the emotional association between unhealthy food and celebrations. It allows schools and students to be creative: some ideas are classroom dance parties, scavenger hunts, and craft activities.


Policy Requirements

  • Focus on fun rather than food.
  • Food may not be served in competition with breakfast or lunch programs.
  • Maximum of two celebrations per year where foods of minimal nutritional value are served.
  • Food celebrations during the school day must meet nutrition guidelines. The school day is defined as 12:00 a.m. the day before until 30 minutes after the last bell.
  • Schools must adhere to the CPS District Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy.

Student Health and Wellness

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