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.

Alternatives to Food Rewards (November 2011) (409 KB)

Connecticut State Department of Education.

This two-page handout includes the consequences of using food rewards and alternatives to food rewards for elementary, middle, and high school students.

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.