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.



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MyPlate Activity Sheets Visit
Shape Your Future Fruit and Veggie Coloring Pages 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
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
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
Team Nutrition Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity. Visit
Healthy Tips for Picky Eaters Download
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



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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
Healthy Fundraising Solutions Healthy fundraising ideas from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Download
Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Toolkit Engage school staff and parents in school wellness using these ready-to-go communication tools. Sharing news about your Local School Wellness Policy is easy with these flyers, presentations, newsletter articles, and social media posts. Your school can personalize them to make them specific to your Local School Wellness Policy activities. Visit
Cooking for Kids Fact Sheet for Teachers and Staff Download
Cooking for Kids Fact Sheet for Families Download
Celebrations that Support Child Health Download
Constructive Classroom Rewards: Promoting Good Habits While Protecting Children's Health Download
Food for Kids Backpack Program The Regional Food Bank's Food for Kids program provides chronically hungry children with backpacks filled with non-perishable, nutritious, kid-friendly, shelf-stable food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. Visit