Nutrition Study Resources – Helping Kids Make Good Food Choices
We have put together a list of nutrition resources you can use with varying grade levels.
You will find activities, lesson plans, and printable worksheets. Check each nutrition resource carefully, as many of the sites are a wealth of information and have too many resources to list here.
A Logical Start to Using These Nutrition Resources
We have prepared two worksheets to help students start thinking about what they eat and how to make wise nutritional choices.
A logical place to start with our list of nutrition resources and a good place to begin a nutrition study with kids and teens is to have your kids keep a food journal with this FREE printable.
It’s also important that as our kids learn to evaluate what they are eating, that they also know how to read nutrition labels. We have this lesson with free printable too.
One of the most fun and most educational activities we did for our nutrition study revolved around the USDA’s My Plate initiative.
Replacing the old food pyramid, My Plate uses the familiar image of a plate to remind people how to eat a balanced, healthy diet. We used this image and age-based recommendations for our project.
- List the food groups – fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains, dairy
- Add foods you like to each group
- Find out how many servings of each group you need each day
- Make a menu for a day with the correct servings from each food group
This was the project that brought it all together for the kids. They saw how to important it was to choose good food throughout the day and why I spend time planning menus.
Best Nutrition Resources for Families, Teachers, and Students
Below is a list of nutritional education resources which include videos, nutrition websites from universities and the US Department of Agriculture. There are worksheets for all ages, games, recipes, and more. The resource listed from Framingham State University has excellent lessons, activities, and videos for ages 13 to adult.
If you are looking for nutrition education materials for adults or are looking for nutrition resources for families, this list will definitely be of help!