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Nutrition Education Resource Guide

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.

The purpose of this guide is to provide an instructional resource for California schools, from kindergarten through grade twelve, to implement effective, standards-based nutrition education programs for students. The guide was designed to (1) meet the Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (California Department of Education 2008) in the Nutrition and Physical Activity content area; and (2) address the nutrition competencies.

Educators may use it as a resource to plan, implement, and evaluate instructional strategies for a comprehensive nutrition education program.

Complete Publication

Nutrition Education Resource Guide (PDF; 1MB)

Publication by Section

Introduction (PDF)

Section I: Nutrition Competencies (PDF)

Section II: Recommended Instructional Resources (PDF)

Section III: Guidance on Implementing a Quality Nutrition Education Program (PDF)

Appendices (PDF)

Glossary and Works Cited (PDF)

Draft Preschool Nutrition Competencies (DOC)

In this 2008 draft, the preschool nutrition competencies are based on the 2008 Nutrition Competencies. These preschool nutrition competencies have not been updated to reflect the re-organization of the 2010 Nutrition Competencies that appear in the Nutrition Education Resource Guide. They are offered here as a resource for preschool educators to plan nutrition education.

To construct these draft pre-Kindergarten competencies, the California Department of Education (CDE) conducted an informal literature review to compare the scope and sequence of similar nutrition/health standards from 14 states. Through this limited literature review, the CDE determined age-appropriate preschool benchmarks that were aligned to the recently validated benchmarks and overarching nutrition competencies delineated for kindergarten through grade12. Child care and child development experts from the California Preschool Instructional Network, Sacramento County Office of Education, and Child Development Incorporated then peer-reviewed these draft preschool competencies.

They are listed separately from 2008 kindergarten nutrition competencies to highlight the importance of early learning, as a foundation to the scope and sequence of learning that occurs in elementary and secondary school education.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 19, 2016
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