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Nutrition Education

Preschool
Elementary
Middle and High School

Preschool

PowerPanther

Power Panther Preschool Implementation Manual
Eight child care lessons that encourage fruit and vegetable consumption and increased physical activity.

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Healthy Snacks and Physical Activities for Early Childhood Program
Healthy snack ideas, fun physical activities, and suggested books to incorporate into lessons in the early childhood setting.

Mud Pies

More Than Mud Pies
This nutrition education curriculum provides both staff and children with enjoyable activities that encourage positive ideas about nutrition and foods.  The 54 lessons are built around the seasons of the year.  Children will use these age-appropriate activities to learn about growth, nutrition and preparation of foods.

Mini Poster

Preschooler MyPlate Mini-Poster
An at-a-glance guide to healthy eating for preschoolers.

Model Health

MODEL Health! Promoting Nutrition and Physical Activity in Children
Lessons for early childhood educators on nutrition and physical activity, with an emphasis on role modeling.

Color Me Healthy

Color Me Healthy:Preschoolers Moving and Eating Healthy
Healthy eating and exercise program for 4 and 5 year-olds in the preschool classroom. Recipes, songs, and parent.

Elementary School

DiscoverMyPlate

Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for KindergartenDiscover MyPlate is fun and inquiry-based nutrition education that fosters the development of healthy food choices and physically active lifestyles during a critical developmental and learning period for children — kindergarten.

ServingUpMyPlate

Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum Grades 1-6Serving Up MyPlate is a collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. 

Great Garden

The Great Garden Detective Adventure

A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4 is an eleven-lesson curriculum guide that includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers

Dig In

Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up

Dig in is a curriculum guide that uses ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables

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Nutrition Education Program (NEP School Enrichment Kit for Elementary Schools
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Due to special grant funding, this FREE program is only available to elementary schools where 50% or more of the students participate in the free and reduced price school lunch program. Please click on the following link for a short video explaining the school enrichment kits

BlastoffGame

MyPlate Blast Off Game
In this online game, students can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity

PowerPantherPals

Power Panther Pals
Power Panther Pals is an 8-week health education program for elementary students. Materials include an implementation manual, student activity book with recipes, PowerPoint slides, and parent newsletters.

CreateClassroom

Create a Classroom That Moves!
Classroom-based physical activity is an instructional tool teachers can use to improve mood, energy levels, and facilitate student learning. Activity can be introduced into existing routines and transitions, into academic lessons, or introduced as a ‘brain break.’ This kit consists of three core classroom tools: Grade-level nutrition lessons; Physical activity breaks; My Classroom Physical Activity Pyramid.

TakeHomeBag

Nutrition Education Take-Home Bag
Healthy eating and physical activity materials that can be placed in a bag for elementary teachers share with the families of their students

BookList

Michigan Team Nutrition Booklist
An annotated list of over 400 books with positive food, nutrition and physical activity messages for children in grades K-2

NETX

Nutrition Education of Texas
Multidisciplinary nutrition lesson plans for grades pre-Kindergarten through High School that align with Texas education standards

Middle and High School

Nutrition Voyage

Nutrition Voyage: The Quest to Be Our Best
Lessons for grades 7 and 8 about making healthy food and physical activity choices using a theme of exploration. Includes standards-aligned activities for Math, Science, and English Language Arts.

PowerChoice

The Power of Choice: Helping Youth Make Healthy Eating and Fitness Decisions
The Power of Choice was developed by HHS’ Food and Drug Administration and USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. It is intended for after-school program leaders working with young adolescents. Everything you need to know is in the Leaders’ Guide, including most activity materials. It’s full of quick, simple things to do with kids; many activities take little or no pre-planning. A CD containing 10 interactive sessions based on six posters. Included in the Leader’s Guide are a recipe booklet, parent letter, and Nutrition Facts cards

SuperTrackerLessons

SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students
Help students in grades 9-12 learn how to build a healthy diet using SuperTracker. The lesson plans include a variety of topics such as selecting healthy snacks, finding personal recommendations for what and how much to eat, evaluating food selections, and building healthy meals. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts.

TeenChat

Choose Health Action Teens (CHAT)
Program that engages teens in teaching healthy eating and active living to younger youth in after-school programs, summer camps and other settings. Materials are for educators and other adult mentors working with youth, as well as the youth they serve.

Power Up

Power Up! Curriculum Grades 6-8
Power Up is an 8-week health education program for middle school students in grades 6-8. This program encourages students to make healthier food choices, be physically active and to take an active role in their schools’ wellness policies. It also provides students with an opportunity to taste new, healthy foods and encourage positive self-esteem

Intregating

Integrating Concepts about Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity into Middle School Curriculum
Curriculum designed for educators to integrate into regular lesson plans. Topics include food, food production, gardening and nutrition organized into six nutrient content areas – carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water.

HECATHealth Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

Tool for schools to analyze their health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.

Healthalicious

Healthalicious Cooking: Learning about Food and Physical Activity
A six-week, hands-on, after-school curriculum designed to give 9- to 12-year-olds a fun introduction to preparing and eating healthy meals

Everyone

Healthier Middle Schools: Everyone Can Help
A series of communication tools designed to help you engage teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students in school wellness efforts. To support healthy food choices and physical activity at your school, a school-wide coordinated approach works best. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is providing these resources under its Team Nutrition initiative to help you bring everyone together to promote student wellness and prevent childhood obesity.

Fitness

Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHIFFF)
Curriculum aimed at 8-12 year olds that targets healthy lifestyle behaviors. Each lesson includes interactive nutrition activities, food preparation, active games, a goal setting challenge, and a family newsletter.

Media Smart

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!
Interactive after-school education program for youth ages 11 to 13. The curriculum is designed to empower young people to be aware of and think critically about media’s role in influencing their nutrition and physical activity choices.