Go, Slow, Whoa Nutrition Services Education Program

Adams 12 Nutrition Services is excited to bring you the Go, Slow, Whoa Nutrition Education Program. This program is being implemented in partnership with LiveWell Colorado to help increase healthy decisions in the school meal line. Starting in January, you will see an updated kitchen line that utilizes a symbol system (described below) to identify foods as Go, Slow, or Whoa.

These tools are intended to motivate and guide students in selecting plenty of “Go” food choices offered on the school menus. We also have tools directly for your homes as well because we know how influential you are to the choices that your students make. Students name their parents as the people in whom they trust regarding health information, as well as their love and support. You are key to helping Adams 12 make the Go, Slow, Whoa program a success. We would love for you to utilize the attached flier and information from our online menus (http://adams12.nutrislice.com/) as well as:

  • ASK your children what “Go” foods they had for lunch.
  • ENCOURAGE your children to select at least two “Go” foods when eating school meals.
  •  PROVIDE “Go” foods when offering food for the classroom or at home.

“Go” foods are identified by a green apple on the school menu.

“Go” foods are the lowest in fat, added sugar and calories and can be eaten anytime. They provide nutrient dense foods and fiber the body needs for good health. “Go” foods include fruits, vegetables, low-fat milk and cheese, whole grains, nuts and lean meats. A minimum three “Go” foods are offered daily on the school lunch menu and in the ala carte snack program.

“Slow” foods are identified by a yellow cheese on the school menu.

“Slow” foods are higher in fat, added sugar and calories than “Go” foods. Moderation in consumption and portion size is important with “Slow” foods. They are offered in addition to the “Go” foods on the school menu.

“Whoa” foods are identified by a red cake on the school menu.

“Whoa” foods are highest in fat and added sugar. They are foods that when eaten consistently can add excess calories that contribute to an unhealthy weight. “Whoa” foods are offered less frequently on the school menu.  


Antonio Ricciardi, Wellness Coordinator at 720.972.4015.