Nutrition Education: Resources for Middle and High School

Healthalicious Cooking: Learning about Food and Physical Activity

University of California.

A six-week, hands-on, after-school curriculum designed to give 9- to 12-year-olds a fun introduction to preparing and eating healthy meals.

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.

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.

SuperTracker Nutrition Lesson Plans for High School Students (PDF | 2.5 MB)


Help students in grades 9-12 learn how to build a healthy diet using SuperTracker. The lesson plans include a variety of topics such as selecting healthy snacks, finding personal recommendations for what and how much to eat, evaluating food selections, and building healthy meals. Each lesson plan includes learning objectives, detailed instructions, and accompanying resources and handouts.

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 Action Teens (CHAT)

Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program; Cornell Division of Nutritional Sciences.

Program that engages teens in teaching healthy eating and active living to younger youth in after-school programs, summer camps and other settings. Materials are for educators and other adult mentors working with youth, as well as the youth they serve.

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.

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 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)

Community Voices for Health: Kids Take Action

American University. School of Education, Teaching and Health.

Engaging Middle School Students to Demand a Healthier School Community is a 6-week program to engage students in assessing barriers to healthy eating and physical activity, and developing solutions.

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)

Community Voices for Health: Teachers Take Action

American University. School of Education, Teaching and Health.

Integrating Concepts about Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity into Middle School Curriculum is a training manual that stimulates teacher’ interest in and knowledge of important concepts about food, nutrition and physical activity in order to integrate them into core lessons and activities.

Food of the Month Posters

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Power Up! Curriculum (Grades 6-8)

Kansas State Department of Education, Child Nutrition & Wellness.

Power Up is an 8-week health education program for middle school students in grades 6-8. This program encourages students to make healthier food choices, be physically active and to take an active role in their schools’ wellness policies. It also provides students with an opportunity to taste new, healthy foods and encourage positive self-esteem.

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.