US Nutrition Education Materials in English


Materials in this section are developed for educators to use in the domestic nutrition assistance programs. You can find a variety of lesson plans and curricula. Although there are differences in cultural contexts, needs and circumstances between domestic and international programs, many basic principles of nutrition education and training are similar. These resources may either be adapted or used as a template for new material development.

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The Two-Bite Club The Two-Bite Club

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This storybook introduces MyPlate to young children and encourages them to try foods from each food group.


MyPlate

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image—a place setting for a meal. The web link contains nutrition information for consumers, including for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, preschoolers (2-5 yrs) and children (6-11 years), educators/teachers, and health care professionals.


MyPlate Super Tracker and tools

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

The super tracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity. You can look up individual foods to see or compare their nutritional value, find recommendations for what and how much you should eat, compare your food choices to these recommendations and to your nutrient needs, and assess personal physical activities and identify ways to improve. Find recommendations for what and how much you should eat.


Tools for Planning Quality Meals

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

What is good nutrition? This section covers the nutrient needed for growth and development including macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and water.


Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care staff introduces children to fruits and vegetables. Each set of lessons in the six booklets contain hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate.


Quality Meals

USDA. Food and Nutrition Services

This section covers setting quality standards for food, serving quality food, choosing healthy food preparation techniques, and protecting the nutrients in food.


What Foods are Good Sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron?

USDA. Food and Nutrition Services

This section goes over good food sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. A good food source contributes at least 10 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for a particular nutrient.


Eating Better on a Budget

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

10 tips to help you stretch your food dollars.


What are Empty Calories?

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Currently, many of the foods and beverages Americans eat and drink contain empty calories – calories from solid fats and/or added sugars. Learning more about empty calories can help you make better food and drink choices.


Healthy Eating Tips

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

You will find a wealth of suggestions here that can help you get started toward a healthy diet. Choose a change that you can make today, and move toward a healthier you.


Maximizing the Message: Helping Moms and Kids Make Healthier Food Choices

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Maximizing the Message presents a set of 16 audience-tested nutrition education messages, supporting content (such as tips and recipes), and implementation guidance describing how to use the messages in Federal nutrition assistance programs.