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Nutrition Education Resources

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits 

Per the Academy, "The theme for 2016 is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right," which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods — that's the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!"

The DPS Child Nutrition Department would like to make you aware of available resources that can help teach students the basics of healthy eating. Many of the nutrition lessons can be incorporated into other subjects such as math, science and language. Use them now, or any time your schedule allows. Included here is the National Nutrition Month® Classroom Guide, which provides age appropriate learning activities for students and also “A Rainbow of Flavors” lesson plan. Other good nutrition lesson plans and activities can be found at:

http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/educators/main.asp

http://www.nourishinteractive.com/hco/lesson_plans

http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/resources/mypyramidclassroom.html

We have several education materials and activities available for loan to teachers, which include USDA nutrition curriculum materials, a Fruit and Veggie Color Bingo game (up to 30 players), a MyPyramid for Kids glossy poster, and a set of 200 food cards.  A great book that provides nutrition lessons related to specific subjects (math, science, etc.), called How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, is also available for loan.

Teaching nutrition to children now will foster better eating habits as adults!