Nutrition Education: Resources for Middle and High School

Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Lessons for grades 7 and 8 about making healthy food and physical activity choices using a theme of exploration. Includes standards-aligned activities for Math, Science, and English Language Arts.

Empowering Youth with Nutrition and Physical Activity Online Modules Empowering Youth with Nutrition and Physical Activity Online Modules

USDA. ARS. NAL. Healthy Meals Resource System.

Online modules for middle and high school teachers, mentors, and caregivers of youth in after school and other youth programs as they implement educational information from the Empowering Youth with Nutrition and Physical Activity manual into their programs.

Integrating Concepts about Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity into Middle School Curriculum (PDF | 2.18 MB)

American University School of Education, Teaching, and Health; District of Columbia Public and Public Charter Schools.

Curriculum designed for educators to integrate into regular lesson plans. Topics include food, food production, gardening and nutrition organized into six nutrient content areas - carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water.

The Power of Choice: Helping Youth Make Healthy Eating and Fitness Decisions

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Simple nutrition activities for after-school program leaders working with young adolescents.

Food of the Month Posters

Idaho State Department of Agriculture; Idaho State Department of Education.

Monthly poster series featuring Idaho Idaho agriculture products. Includes photos, nutrition and agricultural facts, games, trivia, crossword puzzles, and other educational materials.

Toolkit for Nutrition and Fitness through Service-Learning: The Noun and Adverb Initiatives (PDF | 960 KB)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

This toolkit is intended to help schools implement service-learning projects that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Examples from Wisconsin are included.

Youth Healthy Eating and Active Living Programming

FNEC. Cornell University Devision of Nutritional Science.

These youth nutrition curriculum are intended for teaching healthy eating and active play to children ages 8-12 years. The curriculum provide posters, visual aids, scanned food packages, game supplies and other teaching materials.

Nutrition Education of Texas (NETx)

Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Division.

Multidisciplinary nutrition lesson plans for grades pre-Kindergarten through High School that align with Texas education standards.

Dietary Guidelines Posters

Iowa Team Nutrition.

Encourage students to drink more water and to eat more fruits, vegetables, and fat-free or low-fat milk with these motivating posters.
- Strong, Fast, The Best I Can Be- Milk (PDF | 773 KB)
- Milk: Choose Fat-free or Low-fat (PDF | 3.10 MB)
- Make Half Your Plate Fruit and Vegetables (PDF | 215 KB)
- Drink Water Instead of Sugary Drinks (PDF | 555 KB)

Healthier Middle Schools Everyone Can Help

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Series of communication tools for teachers, principals, parents, food service managers and students, with videos and handouts for each audience.

Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHFFF)

Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences.

Curriculum aimed at 8-12 year olds that targets healthy lifestyle behaviors. Each lesson includes interactive nutrition activities, food preparation, active games, a goal setting challenge, and a family newsletter.

Think Fresh, Not Fried Poster State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) Posters

Team Nutrition Iowa; 2011.

These two posters were developed and created by Iowa high school students.
- Think Before You Drink: Regular Soda (PDF | 420 KB)
- Think Fresh, Not Fried (PDF | 466 KB)

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!

NIH. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Interactive after-school education program for youth ages 11 to 13. The curriculum is designed to empower young people to be aware of and think critically about media’s role in influencing their nutrition and physical activity choices.

MyGarden Lesson Plans

Michigan Team Nutrition.

The K-12 MyGarden lesson plans were written by teachers and reviewed by horticulturists and nutritionists. Each lesson contains gardening and nutrition information and activities within a specific content area - English Language Arts, Math, Science, or Social Studies.

Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Tool for schools to analyze their health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.

See the Difference: Nutrient Bar Graph Cards

Washington State Dairy Council.

Cards with bar graphs of nutrients in various foods. A Leader's Guide is also available with activities for using the cards.