Nutrition Education Resources
Nutrition Education in the Classroom
Visit the links below for lesson plans, activities, free printable materials, recipes, and more for use in the classroom. These are just a few great reliable sources of nutrition information. In addition, your School Dietitian is available as a resource to the district. Please feel free to contact her for wellness events, team sports nutrition presentations, or classroom activities.
Lindsey LaDue, RD, CDN- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Registered Dietitians should be your first source for evidence-based nutrition information. Visit www.eatright.org for reliable, simple tips as well as recipes. Visit www.kidseatright.org for information specific to raising healthy children.
Choose My Plate
The previous food pyramid has evolved into USDA's MyPlate which consists of an easy graphic showing how to build a healthy meal. Half your plate should be filled with fruits and veggies, ¼ with lean protein, and ¼ with grains along with a spot for low fat dairy. Aim for ½ of your daily grains to be whole grains such as whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, etc. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more interactive activities, tip sheets, recipes, and more.
Curious about how many calories or foods per food group you need in a day? Check out https://supertracker.usda.gov to build a personalized profile and receive detailed information about how many servings you should aim for. You can also track your daily intake in a virtual food log and much more.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are released every 5 years and provide recommendations for healthy living and chronic disease prevention. Suggestions for 2015-2020 include choosing nutrient dense foods, limited added fats, sugars, and sodium, and including whole grains, fruits, veggies, low-fat dairy, and lean protein as part of a healthy lifestyle. Follow this link to learn more about the dietary guidelines.
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School meals must meet federal nutrition guidelines for fat, saturated fat, sodium, and calories as well as specific requirements for each of the 5 food components per week. Food components include grain, meat/meat alternate, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Requirements vary for Grades K-8 and 9-12.
To find out more about federal child nutrition program guidelines, click here.
All snacks and beverages sold in schools must meet Smart Snacks guidelines.
To find out more about Smart Snacks, click here.