Nutrition Education

Nutrition education and the promotion of healthy eating behaviors and lifestyles are essential to students’ health, well being, and educational success.  Healthy, well-nourished students are better able to reach their full academic and physical potential, are absent less often, and have higher test scores.  Through education, Wisconsin students can become empowered to choose healthy lifestyle behaviors to help them excel in all their endeavors.  We recognize the extra effort that it takes to bring nutrition education into the classroom and we're doing everything we can to make it easier for you.  The following resources provide lessons and activities that can be easily incorporated into your classroom today.

The Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Nutrition provides guidance to students, parents, educators, administrators, policy makers and the community to support state and local school district nutrition education efforts.  These standards set an expectation of skills and knowledge that should be acquired by the end of fourth, eighth and twelfth grades. As with other Wisconsin Model academic standards, each subject is divided into content standards that tell what students should know and be able to do. Each subject is also divided into performance standards that identify how students will show they meet the content standards.  The corresponding Guide to Planning Curriculum in Nutrition provides actual lessons for teachers to utilize.  To request a copy, please contact Alicia Dill (alicia.dill@dpi.wi.gov) or Kelly Williams (kelly.williams@dpi.wi.gov). 

Available K-12 Curriculum Resources

Teaching Nutrition through Family and Consumer Sciences: A Curriculum Guide for Middle Schools provides 15 nutrition lessons that can be easily integrated into a FCS classroom.  Each lesson includes optional activities, cooking connections, and links between the WI Model Academic Standards for Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Health Science.

 

Nutritious, Delicious, Wisconsin: Connecting Nutrition Education and Local Foods is a curriculum guide to broaden the food experiences of Wisconsin students and provide another aspect to learning nutrition as part of the study of our great state. PDF Curriculum Book and Poster.
 Got Veggies? is an education curriculum guide developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health to assist schools in implementing garden based education.  The Got Dirt? Garden Toolkit guide is a resource designed to assist with the implementation of school, community, and child care gardens.

Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum is a collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. The curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using MyPlate and a variety of hands–on activities. 

The Great Garden Detective Adventure: A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4 is an eleven-lesson curriculum guide that includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.

Dig In! is a curriculum guide that uses ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables

Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best  takes 7th and 8th grade classes on an exploratory journey into school wellness. There are three inquiry-driven lessons for each grade.

 

A comprehensive listing of all the resources available through USDA Team Nutrition can be found at: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/library.html

 

 

Additional WI developed resources are available at http://fns.dpi.wi.gov/fns_ffvpned

Available Child Care Curriculum Resources

Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program is a handbook to help CACFP child care providers create healthier environments for the children in their care.

 

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is a garden-themed nutrition education kit

The Two Bite Club is an educational storybook was developed to introduce MyPlate to young children

 

Nutrition Education for Early Childhood offers three lessons for pre-K children

What's Right for Young Children II: Childcare Gardens provides childcare sites with ideas and resources to improve the childcare nutrition environment through fruit and vegetable gardening

 

Healthy Bites and Active Early are guides designed to help early care and education professionals address childhood obesity by improving physical activity and nutrition in the program. Additional resources are available at http://fns.dpi.wi.gov/fns_cacfpwellnesswhy

A comprehensive listing of all the resources available through USDA Team Nutrition can be found at: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/childcare.html

 

For questions about this information, contact Angela Farris (608) 267-9206