Nutrition Education with Visual Food Models

This guide was designed by registered dietitian nutritionists to make it easy to teach nutrition as a stand-alone topic or as part of core curriculum subjects such as math or science. The guide includes food model cutouts, as well as lesson plans, games, and activities for using the Food Models as teaching tools.

Fizzy's Lunch Lab

“Fizzy’s goal is to provide an informative overview of food and nutrition topics with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Lunch Lab will provide practical and positive examples of healthy eating and regular exercise within the framework of an entertaining format.”

Eat Smart, Live Strong

“Eat Smart, Live Strong is an intervention designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60-74 year olds participating in or eligible for FNS nutrition assistance programs. The Eat Smart, Live Strong Activity Kit promotes two key behaviors: Consume 3 1/2 cups of fruit and vegetable per day and participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.”

EatFresh Mini Course

“Take the free EatFresh.org Mini Course to boost your nutrition, cooking, and healthy living knowledge. Each self-paced topic takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Learn how to: eat healthy on a budget, read nutrition labels and ingredient lists, avoid added sugar in foods, cook easy, tasty meals, determine portion sizes to manage your weight, shop smart and save money, and plan meals for healthy holidays and celebrations.”

Together Counts Curriculum

“The Together Counts™ program offers a robust set of wellness curricular resources to classroom educators and after school providers, alongside tools, tips and activities for families of children in pre-K through middle school. Their standards-aligned curriculum is cross-curricular, free, downloadable and available in English and Spanish and covers the importance of balancing daily physical activity with good nutrition, decision making and the connection between being healthy and self-esteem.”

Using the Nutrition Facts Label: A How-To Guide for Older Adults

This booklet is a comprehensive guide to using the Nutrition Facts Label as a consumer. The booklet also includes practical tips and guidance for using the Nutrition Facts Label as an older adult and information about the dietary needs of older adults.

Nutrition Tip Sheets

“These tip sheets make great handouts for your nutrition education presentations. They can either supplement our nutrition education self-instructional booklets or add to other wellness or parent education resources. Some are designed for children and work great in after-school youth settings.

Note: many are available in both English and Spanish.”

Nutrition Lesson Plans

“Dairy Council of California K-12 nutrition curriculum aligns with Common Core State Standards and can easily integrate into your units on Math, Social Science, Health, Language Arts and Physical Education. Each grade level has a specific curriculum with six to ten nutrition lessons. The lessons were created using a behavior-change model that encourages healthy-eating behaviors and attitudes in your students. Students can practice lifelong health skills like decision making, analyzing influences and setting goals.“

Nutrition Facts Label for Middle Level Classrooms

“This nutrition-based curriculum introduces students to the fundamentals of healthy food choices, using the Nutrition Facts label as the starting point. With engaging hands-on activities, students will become more aware of calories, serving size, and the nutrients they should get “more of” and “less of.” Designed for use by middle level teachers, the emphasis is on an inquiry approach that is customizable to science, health, and/or family and consumer science classes, aligning with current education standards in these curriculum areas.”

Kids Health in the Classroom

“KidsHealth in the Classroom offers educators free health-related lesson plans for PreK through 12th grade. Each Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, classroom activities and extensions, printable handouts, and quizzes and answer keys all aligned to National Health Education Standards.”

UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program Educational Materials

“The mission of the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) is to provide individuals, families, and communities with the knowledge and skills to manage their food resources effectively and enjoy healthy foods, and physical activities for longer and more fulfilling lives. The materials are designed to promote healthy and active lifestyles. These publications contribute toward this mission by helping individuals and families apply the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Choose MyPlate in their daily lives.”