Nutrition Education Resources
Welcome to our resource page for nutrition education! We know healthy children do better in school and a key to being healthy comes from the food we eat. We have created this page to help you make teaching about healthy food choices fun as well as accessible. We’ll provide on-going nutrition education resources so check in with us often and see what’s new.
RECIPES AND IDEAS FOR COOKING
Cooking together is one way children and families learn about healthy food choices. It’s also a great time to reinforce learning around math, literacy, and science. Encouraging and modeling healthy food choices can establish lifelong eating habits. When doing a cooking lesson with children or serving food at a family event, please choose foods that reflect healthy habits.
We’ve collected a number of recipes that are kid friendly, easy to make and healthy too. Each one is available in both English and Spanish. These camera ready recipes are ready to copy. Enjoy!
Other Resources for Cooking with Children:
- Kids Health is a website that has information on many topics related to health. The address below will take you to their page of recipes for kids: http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/recipes/#catrecipes
- Team Nutrition has a number of resources to help you teach about healthy food choices and cooking: http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/nutrition-education/cooking-kids
- On the Fruits and Veggies More Matters website in the "Healthy Kids Section" includes recipes to make with kids and for kids: www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org
READY, SET, GO! 5-2-1-0
Ready, Set, Go! 5-2-1-0 is a community-based initiative designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children and families. Healthy choices are easier to make in a healthy environment with access to healthy foods and physical activity. PSESD Early Lerning supports the campaign and 5-2-1-0 is part of our Early Learning curriculum.
What does 5-2-1-0 stand for?
- Aim for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Aim for 2 or less houts of recreational screen time every day (children under the age of 2 should have no screen time).
- Aim for 1 hour or more of physical activity.
- Aim for 0 drinks with added sugar every day.
A wide range of materials and resources are available from Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Please follow the link to their website and explore ways to help children and families make healthy choices: https://www.multicare.org/mary-bridge-5210/
PSESD 5-2-1-0 Resources
- 5-2-1-0 Letter to Families: English Spanish Arabic Russian Somali Vietnamese
- Screen Time and Very Young Children: English Spanish Arabic Russian Somali Vietnamese
- 5-2-1-0 Bookmark: English Spanish Arabic Russian Somali Vietnamese
CLASSROOM AND FAMILY SUPPORT MATERIALS FOR NUTRITION EDUCATION
Healthy Habits for School Readiness is a series of collaborative strategies for teachers and family support specialists to use in the classroom and as you work with families.
Healthy Habits 5-2-1-0
- 5-2-1-0 Example Lessons
- 5-2-1-0 Small Group Lessons
- 5-2-1-0 Circle Time Lesson
- 5-2-1-0 Family Connections
- The Important Book About Health Choices - Big Book
- Early Head Start Lap Book - I Am Healthy
- Healthy Habits Songs and Chants
Healthy Habits My Plate
- My Plate Example Lessons
- My Plate Small Group Lessons
- My Plate Circle Time Lesson
- My Friend, My Friend; What Should I Choose for My Plate - Big Book
- Songs and Chants My Plate
Healthy Habits - Hand Washing
- Hand Washing Example Lessons
- Hand Washing Small Group Lessons
- Germs are Not for Sharing Class Book
- Songs and Chants for Hand Washing
Healthy Habits - Breakfast
- Breakfast Example Lessons
- Breakfast Small Group Lesson
- Fuel-Up with Breakfast Award
- Do You Know About Breakfast Around the World? - Big Book
- Breakfast Labels for Big Book Pronounciation
- Family Connection - Big Book page
- Breakfast Chant
- Breakfast Outdoor Game Example Lesson
- Breakfast Study Letter to Families
- The Importance of Breakfast flyer for families
Healthy Habits - Let's Move!
- Let's Move Example Lesson
- Let's Move Circle Time Lesson
- Move It Bugaloo
- In the Classroom, On the Playground, and at Home - Big Book
- Early Head Start Lap Book - I Move!
RESOURCES FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND YOUNG CHILDREN
http://cfoc.nrckids.org/ Caring for Our Children, National Safety and Health Performance Standards, 3rd Ed. 2011, American Academy of Pediatrics. This site provides research based rational and standards for physical activity on children’s healthy growth and development in early learning.
http://www.urbanchildinstitute.org/ Site is a good place to find brain games for babies, toddlers, preschoolers about play and the brain.
http://activeplaybooks.com/ Diane Craft, Active Play – Fun Physical Activities for Young Children, 2009
https://www.healthiergeneration.org/ Alliance for a Healthier Generation – An American Heart Association organization targeting childhood obesity prevention.
http://www.pgpedia.com/n/national-association-sport-and-physical-education National Association for Sports and Physical Education – Play, Guidelines and Policy Statements.
https://healthykidshealthyfuture.org/ Lets Move Child Care, Healthy Kids Healthy Future sponsored website including guidelines, resources, and ideas for promoting healthy habits in early learning programs.
http://courses.aahperd.org/ Head Start Body Start website for the Movement for Young Children training
http://www.eatplaygrow.org/ We Can! And the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Early Childhood Health Curriculum and resources, in partnership with NIH, Department of Health and Human Resources.
http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/growth/ Kid's Health, Nemours Institute in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Learning, and Play resources for teachers and parents, 0-5 years.
http://www.sunsafetyalliance.org/block_the_sun.html Strategies for practicing sun safety year round and the Block the Sun Not the Fun flyer for parents