10 Free Things for National Nutrition Month
Emphasize the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Our recommended resources include teaching guides, lesson plans, best practices, tip sheets, online learning games, educational videos, posters, book lists, coloring pages and more.
- 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.
Provides information on food, health and fitness and sections for kids, parents, men, women, and seniors.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Choose My Plate
Teachers will find Choose My Plate a good source of information about food groups and specific foods, weight management and calories, and physical activity. It supplies nutrition tools, printable materials, and healthy eating tips.
Track calories, breakdown ingredients, and log activities. Free.
- 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.
- Any K-12 school district that participates in the National School Lunch Program can apply to Salad Bars to 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.