Nutrition Education

To help combat childhood obesity nutrition education should be provided as it is not only important to serve nutritious foods but also to educate the children about healthy eating so that they can make healthy choices on their own and as they grow. Below you will find resources that can help you provide nutrition education to you, your staff, and the children you care for and their families.

Building Blocks for Fun and Healthy Meals

Summary:  This menu planner provides tools needed to successfully prepare and serve meals and snacks in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). It comes complete with sample menus, guidance on keeping and using production records, and information on food safety and sanitation.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/building-blocks

 

Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns Revision: Best Practices

Summary: The USDA has developed new CACFP meal patterns for healthy eating patterns for children and adults in care. Optional best practices were also developed that build on the meal patterns and highlight areas where additional steps can be taken to further improve the nutritional quality of the meals that are served.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_bestpractices.pdf

 

Child Meal Pattern for Child and Adult Care Food Program

Summary:  Outlines the food pattern for children for caregivers of children from aged 1 to 18 years of age.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_childmealpattern.pdf

 

Enrichment Zone: Fitness, Friends, and Fun

Summary: Provides Nutrition and Physical Activity ideas for Pre-K programs.

Source: Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Discovery Education

Access: http://www.togethercounts.com/sites/togethercounts.com/files/SFTS/Enrichment%20Zone_Entire%20Program.pdf

 

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit

Summary:  A garden-themed nutrition education kit that introduces children to: three fruits and three vegetables.  It contains seven booklets with fun activities through an imaginary garden. Each set of lessons contains: hands-on activities, planting activities, and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate. You can download this kit for free or follow the Resource Order Form to order a hard copy.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/grow-it-try-it-it      

 

High Five Stickers

Summary: These stickers can be downloaded to be used for kids during lessons. They can also be used to reward children when they choose to eat heathy foods from the five foods groups.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/high-five-stickers

 

Infant Meal Pattern for Child and Adult Care Food Program

Summary:  Outlines the food pattern for infants for caregivers of children from birth to aged 11 months. 

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_infantmealpattern.pdf

 

Launch Your Day with Breakfast! Stickers

Summary: Use these stickers to help promote eating breakfast in lessons or during mealtimes.  They can be downloaded or ordered from Team Nutrition and that information is located on the page.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/launch-your-day-breakfast-stickers

 

Make Today a Try-Day!

Summary: Poster and sticker set that you can use in your day care to encourage kids to try new foods. Available by download or can order from Team Nutrition.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/make-today-try-day-cacfp-postersticker-set

 

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

Summary: A set of 16 audience-tested nutrition education messages and supporting content, such as tips and recipes. These tools can be used to support and enhance nutrition education targeting low-income mothers and children. Behaviors related to child feeding practices and fruit, vegetable and low-fat/fat-free milk consumption are addressed.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/maximizing-message-helping-moms-and-kids-make-healthier-food-choices-0

 

MyPlate for Kids: Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables Poster

Summary: This poster shows kids how their plate or tray should look with half of it being fruits and vegetables.  Available to download or order a copy for free from Team Nutrition.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/myplate-kids-make-half-your-plate-fruits-and-vegetables-poster

 

MyPlate Posters

Summary:  MyPlate posters that are 20” X 16” in size. They are double-sided in colors of Blue/Magenta and Green/yellow.  You can download for free or order a free one using the Resource Order Form link on the page.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/myplate-posters

New Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns:  Child and Adult Meals

Summary: The USDA recently updated the CACFP food patterns to ensure children and adults have access to healthy foods. The new child and adult meal patterns include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_childadultmealstandards.pdf

 

New Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns: Infant Meals

Summary:  The USDA recently updated the CACFP food patterns for adults and children so they have access to healthy foods.  The changes to the infant plan include the support of breastfeeding and fruits and vegetable consumption.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cacfp/CACFP_infantmealstandards.pdf

 

Nibbles for Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents of Young Children

Summary:  Nibbles for Health has reproducible newsletters that can be given to parents to address many of the challenges they face every day.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/nibbles-health-nutrition-newsletters-parents-young-children

 

Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Manual

Summary:  This manual provides the best practice recommendations for each question on the self-assessment. The manuals also include the rationale behind each recommendation, challenges to implementing recommendations, and tips for changing current practice.

Source:  Michigan Healthy Child Care

Access:  http://mihealthtools.org/childcare/resources.asp

 

Produce for Kids: Your Healthy Family Resource

Summary:  This website is dedicated to educating about healthy eating and provides recipes, what produce is in season, and lunch box ideas. 

Source: Produce for Kids, Inc.

Accesshttp://www.produceforkids.com/news/whats-seaso

 

Sesame Street: Healthy Habits for Life

Summary: Activities for providers, kids, and families, some of which focus on nutrition and physical activity.

Source: Sesame Workshop

Access: http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/healthyhabits#

 

The Two Bite Club (English and Spanish)

Summary:  This educational storybook, available in English and in Spanish, was developed to introduce MyPlate to young children. Parents or caregivers can read the book to children and encourage them to try foods from each food group by eating just two bites, just like the characters in the story. You can download a copy from this site or follow the Resource Order Form link to get a free hard copy.

Source:  United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

Access:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/two-bite-club

 

The 3 Ring Food Circus: Easy and Fun Food-Related Activities for Preschoolers and Young Children

Summary: This book contains activities that teach young children about trying and learning new foods, having fun being physically active, and using MyPlate to fill a healthy plate. You can download a pdf from this site.

Source:  United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Access:  https://www.milkmeansmore/3-ring-food-circus