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Nutrition Education Resources

Nutrition education publications and links to information and activities for educators and children.

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Publications

2009 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act (Posted Jul-2009)
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is pleased to have collaborated with the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to develop policy recommendations on how to best improve the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Children Program Supplement Nutrition Programs.

A Child's Garden of Standards: Linking School Gardens to California Education Standards (PDF)
Links garden-based education activities selected from several published educational materials to specific academic content standards for grades two through six in science, history/social sciences, mathematics, and English language arts.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Photo Cards
A set of 140 beautiful, color photographs suitable for framing. The front of each fully laminated 8.5" × 9.5" card displays a color photograph of a fruit or vegetable with its name in English and Spanish. On the reverse is a bar graph displaying an analysis of nutrients, suggested serving size, and other useful information. Ideas for using the cards with students of all ages are included.

Healthy Child Care Environments in California (Updated Jan-2011)
Keeping Children Healthy in California's Child Care Environments: Recommendations to Improve Nutrition and Increase Physical Activity full report and executive summary.

Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Foods (Posted May-2010)
An activity guide that links academic content standards to the real world through gardens, nutrition, cooking, recycling, and the environment.

Linking Education, Activity and Food (LEAF) Evaluation Report
Executive Summary of evaluation findings from the LEAF program, along with executive summaries from each of six evaluation reports. The reports cover the findings from the pilot implementation of SB 19's nutrition standards for food and beverages sold and served in 16 middle and high schools.

Nutrition Education Resource Guide (Posted Oct-2011)
A resource to assist local educational agencies and after-school programs in their efforts to implement well-planned, high-quality instructional programs in nutrition education.

Nutrition to Grow On (Second Edition; Posted May-2013)
An innovative curriculum for grades four through six that offers teachers a direct link between the garden and nutrition education.

School Nutrition…by Design! (PDF)
A tool that provides the design principles behind developing a healthy school nutrition environment. It provides quality indicators within each design principle that, taken together, reflect the “ideal” for a school nutrition environment. It also provides recommended strategies the school community can implement to create a nutrition environment that supports the development of healthy lifestyles during and after school. Finally, it provides a set of resources and examples that change managers within the school community can use while “designing” their own implementation strategies.

Assessment and Planning Tool (DOC)
This assessment and planning tool, to be used in conjunction with School Nutrition...by Design!, will help you determine the status of your school nutrition environment and establish a starting point for implementing strategies that will move your students toward better health.

Strategies for Success II - 2001 (PDF)
Enhancing academic performance and health through nutrition education.

Taking Action for Healthy School Environments: Linking Education, Activity, and Food in California Secondary Schools External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
This CDE publication illustrates promising practices in nutrition and physical activity policy development and implementation that have been field-tested and found successful in over 18 California middle and high schools. It also provides recommendations for leaders at every level—school, district, community, and state—to take action toward ensuring school environments that support health for students of all ages.

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Outside Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) External link opens in new window or tab.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Web site for the CDC.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program External link opens in new window or tab.
A Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) program.

Food Safety - Kids, Teens, and Educators External link opens in new window or tab.
A gateway to government information on food safety for kids, teens, and educators.

Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Authorizes funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs and increases access to healthy food for low-income children.

Healthy School Meals Resource System External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides information to persons working in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs.

Healthy Youth Program External link opens in new window or tab.
CDC's program to prevent the most serious health risk behaviors among children, adolescents, and young adults.

Kids Gardening External link opens in new window or tab.
The National Gardening Association Web site dedicated to helping people become better gardeners and educators.

Healthy Eating External link opens in new window or tab.
A tool to promote healthy food choices for families.

Milk Matters - Kids and Teens External link opens in new window or tab.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's calcium education campaign.

Nutrition and Health Information External link opens in new window or tab.
Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.

TEAM Nutrition External link opens in new window or tab.
USDA's Team Nutrition Web site dedicated to helping meet the goal of healthier children.

VERB Campaign External link opens in new window or tab.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) campaign to get kids moving and active.

USDA for Kids Page External link opens in new window or tab.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) resource page for kids.

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