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10 Free Things for National Nutrition Month

Emphasize the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits this March. These resources include teaching guides, lesson plans, best practices, tip sheets, online learning games, educational videos, posters, book lists, coloring pages and more.

Grades preK-12

  1. School Breakfast Week
    The first week of March is National School Breakfast Week. The NEA Foundation supports Breakfast in the Classroom, and partners with organizations to provide grants for Breakfast in the Classroom programs. A related NEA Healthy Futures resource is Start School with Breakfast: A Guide to Increasing School Breakfast Participation. Educators can download a free copy ( PDF, 2.3 MB, 56 pgs.). Inside, are sections describing benefits, strategies for increasing participation, tools, sample letters, and success stories
  2. Bag The Junk
    Students consume 50% of their daily calories in school. Bag the Junk examines the effects of selling unhealthy snack foods and beverages in schools and provides resources for the adult school community to champion healthy snack foods and beverages. The site features advocacy tools such as organizing tips, policy briefs, fact sheets, and sample letters along with current news, trends, and thoughts from experts in the field. Educators will find factoids, quizzes, featured snacks, statistics, graphics, links to resources, and strategies for improving what students eat in school.
  3. eatright.org
    Provides information on food, health and fitness and sections for kids, parents, men, women, and seniors.

Grades preK-2, 3-5

  1. Super Crew for Kids
    provides nutritional information and fun for grades K-5. The Children’s Book Corner suggests books that promote healthy living without being didactic. Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, for example, is one book discussed. The website also offers coloring pages, activities, and nutrition facts.
  2. Fizzy’s Lunch Lab
    Fizzy’s Lunch Lab is a website for grades K-5. Students can find recipes to download and print, weekly “webisodes,” food-music videos, games, and other kid-friendly features. Sections for teachers and parents offer cross-curricular lesson plans and educational activity packs.

Grades 6-8

  1. Dining Decisions
    Students in grades 6-8 learn about adolescent nutritional needs and test their nutritional knowledge. In the Dining Decisions Game, students click possible lunchtime food items and learn if they made wise choices. Download BAM! Dining Decisions App for iPad, iPhone, or Android.

Grades 6-8, 9-12

  1. Lessons for Elementary, Middle and High Schools
    Lesson plans and classroom resources on nutrition, gardening, farm-to-school, and nutrition-related health topics.

For Students, Teachers & Caregivers

  1. Choose My Plate
    Teachers will find Choose My Plate a good source of information about food groups and specific foods, weight management & calories, and physical activity. It supplies nutrition tools, printable materials, and healthy eating tips.
  2. MyFitnessPal  Track calories, breakdown ingredients, and log activities. Free.
  3. Team Nutrition
    Team Nutrition provides nutrition education for children and their caregivers. Highlights of this extensive USDA program include Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum. Tips sheets, grade level teacher guides, posters, and more are available as PDFs.

Bonus!

  1. Any K-12 school district that participates in the National School Lunch Program can apply to Let’s Move! Salad Bars 2 Schools for a grant to fund a salad bar. Larger districts can apply for multiple salad bar packages. The website provides application guidelines, FAQs, media, and other resources.
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