Student Incentives and Rewards

Healthy Food Guidelines: School Wellness (2015)

Weld County School District 6, Colorado.

A wellness policy by a Colorado school district that requires only non-food rewards be used in schools. These recommendations support the goals for Wellness and Nutrition stated in policy ADF. (

Non-Food Rewards

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

One page document provides background on why nonfood rewards are important with a list of ideas.

Alternatives To Foods As Rewards (PDF | 135 KB)

Michigan State University Extension. Michigan Team Nutrition.

Includes a list of zero-cost and low-cost alternatives for students to enjoy instead of being offered food as a reward at school.

Alternative Practices for Food Rewards at School (2014)

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Examples of successful ways to reward students without using food from 3 school districts with links to read more about their school health achievements.

Alternatives to Food Rewards in the Classroom (2014)

The Colorado Education Initiative.

Provides success stories of non-food rewards in a couple districts in Colorado as well as several ideas (on page 4) for little or zero cost alternatives to food awards for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.

Non-food Alternatives for School Rewards and Fundraising (March 2015)

Iowa State University Extension.

This two-page handout provides non-food alternatives for school rewards and fundraising. Includes ideas for elementary, middle, and high school students.