Nutrition education in the classroom helps students fully understand the value of embracing a healthy diet. We have a selection of training materials available for teachers in a variety of formats, which allows instructors to integrate this vital information into their methods for communicating with students.

Teacher Resources

Nutrition Education Materials
Choose MyPlate ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. Visit
Team Nutrition Team Nutrition provides MyPlate materials that are developed specifically for kids and their parents/caregivers. Team Nutrition also offers evidenced-based curricula that educators can use to integrate MyPlate lessons into core educational subjects, such as Math, English Language Arts, and Science. Visit
Farm to You: Interactive Nutrition Education Exhibit Farm to You is a traveling interactive adventure for elementary school children that follows food from the farm to the market and through the body to explore the relationships between agriculture, food and health. Visit
Ag in the Classroom The purpose of Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is to help familiarize Oklahoma school children with Oklahoma's number one industry - the food and fiber industry. The lessons included are hands-on and fun, making use of a subject and a substance that is very familiar and dear to most students - food. Visit
Fuel up to Play 60 Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives. Visit
Cooking Matters Kids Handouts Cooking Matters presents a series of short colorful handouts chock-full of fun activities and recipes for elementary-school aged kids. Each issue has a different theme, focused on healthy eating and cooking. These are great activities for parents, teachers, caregivers or anyone to use with the children in their lives. Interested parties can download the handouts as a PDF. Visit
Fruits and Veggies More Matters Fruits and Veggies-More Matters is a health initiative focused on helping Americans increase fruit and vegetable consumptions for better health. Visit
American Heart Association Download lesson plans for Elementary and Middle School age children. Visit
Junior Master Gardener The Junior Master Gardener program is an international youth gardening program of the university cooperative Extension network. JMG engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind. Visit
Oklahoma Farm to School Farm to School brings Oklahoma grown food into school cafeterias giving students the opportunity to taste farm fresh foods and learn how their food is grown. Visit
Produce for Better Health Foundation The Health & Wellness Resource Guide for Fruits & Vegetables includes new nutrition facts panels, health and nutrient content claims, social media posts, and healthy recipes with photos for 41 top produce items, with enhanced information about artichokes, potatoes, pears, and 100% Concord Grape Juice. Background information on consumption trends and responses to common consumer questions are also provided. Download

Healthy School Food Environment

Healthy School Food Environment Videos

Tips and Tools
Tailoring the Sample School Wellness Policy Schools play a critical role in fostering lifelong healthy habits in children. Children and youth spend the majority of their time during their formative years at school, where they consume at least half of their daily calories. Studies have shown that students who are more physically active and eat more nutritious diet perform better in school. School wellness policies communicate commitment to students, parents, teachers and administrators healthy environments, healthy students and academic progress are priorities. In fact, all school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program are required to adopt a written wellness policy. Many schools have found using a policy template helpful in writing an effective policy. The attached Policy Development Guide offers an editable version of a school wellness policy that includes all of the best practices for achieving a healthy school environment and that meets federal and state regulations. For schools not yet ready to adopt all the practices the guide provides options to tailor the policy to meet the district’s specific goals and needs. Download
Smart Snack Suggestions Download
Smart Snacks Fact Sheet Download
Healthy Fundraising (USDA Healthy Meals Resource System) Visit