Nutrition Education

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10 Nutrition Tips

Get tips on healthy eating for your active lifestyle from the USDA’s Nutrition Education Series. Additional tip sheets can be found at ChooseMyPlate.gov 

Produce for Better Health Foundation: More Matters

A health initiative led by the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) in partnership with other health organizations. Resources for teachers and parents include information on meal planning, healthy recipes, family meal time and getting kids involved; with a focus on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. 

Produce for a Better Health Foundation-Educator Resources

Includes lesson plans such as “Crunch the Numbers” a standards-based math program, also showing students how to make fruit and vegetables a part of their healthy lifestyle. 

Team Nutrition: Nutrition Voyage-A Quest To Be Our Best

Three lesson plans aimed at 7th and 8th grade students, aligned with math, science, English and language arts; consisting of engaging ways for students to learn about healthy nutrition and physical activity choices, while providing opportunities for students to investigate, participate, evaluate and reflect. 

Iowa Department of Public Health: Pick a Better Snack & Act

The campaign includes in-class lessons as well as community-based social marketing materials. Explore the pages for more information and free downloads.

Iowa Department of Education: Nutrition Education Take-Home Bag

Gathered handouts for educators to distribute to families promoting a healthy lifestyle through diet and active daily life. 

USDA National Agricultural Library: Food & Nutrition Information Center

Central site of numerous additional links to resources containing various curricula and lesson plans. 

School Nutrition Association: Bridges to Wellness 

SNF & the National Dairy Council have partnered to connect school meals with the classroom through a set of interactive nutrition education lessons for grades 5-10. Each lesson provides 30-45 minutes of classroom instruction coupled with 20-30 minutes application activities. All lessons have been reviewed by teachers and school nutrition operators experienced with the targeted student grade levels. 

School Nutrition Association: Resource Center

A list of several links to additional resources pertaining to nutrition education; encouraging children to get cooking in the kitchen, including techniques and recipes. 

Michigan State University Extension

Alternatives to Using Food as a Reward

Iowa Department of Education: Build A Healthy Lunch

Elementary targeted lesson plan on building a reimbursable meal and making healthy choices in the school cafeteria.

Constructive Classroom Rewards 

Kids.USA.gov: Exercise and Eating Healthy

Includes information on healthy eating and exercise for students in grades k-5 and 6-8; containing resources for getting involved in new activities on the field and in the kitchen. 

Let’s Move

Let’s Move is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving childhood obesity. 

HBO Documentary: Weight Of The Nation 

An HBO documentary series addressing the obesity epidemic; how we got here and how to turn the tides.

Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum

A new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. 

ChooseMyPlate: USDA Healthy Eating

MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl.