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USDA Agriculture in the Classroom
The Agriculture in the Classroom National Resource Directory is an online searchable database that lists hundreds of educational resources designed to help educators locate high quality classroom materials and information to increase agricultural literacy among their Pre-K through 12th grade students.
School gardens are outdoor classrooms that engage children in learning about where their food comes from and how it's grown, while also introducing students to an expanded variety of fruits and vegetables. These gardens provide a unique opportunity to meet children's immediate nutritional needs through locally-grown, sustainable produce; simultaneously, they get students excited about gardening and cooking—thereby cultivating lifelong healthy habits. School gardens not only provide experiential learning opportunities around the food system (the entire farm-to-plate process), but also allow teachers to integrate academic subjects into environmental education. By linking garden-based learning to the academic curriculum, school gardens can support student achievement in areas such as science, math, reading, and writing.
NATONAL ALLIANCE FOR NUTRIION and ACTIVITY
The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) advocates national policies and programs to promote healthy eating and physical activity to help reduce the illnesses, disabilities, premature deaths, and costs caused by diet- and inactivity-related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
KNOW YOU FOOD, KNOW YOUR FARMER
This is a USDA-wide effort to create new economic opportunities by better connecting consumers with local producers. It is also the start of a national conversation about the importance of understanding where your food comes from and how it gets to your plate.
You can tell a child that there are 39 grams of sugar in their soda, but why not show them instead. This website provides visuals of 13 different food categories and their hidden sugars.
FRUITS AND VEGGIES MORE MATTERS
Provides Recipes, Portion size information, Fruit & Vegetable of the month and more.
Indiana Dept of Education
More healthy curriculum
Their mission is to create future healthier generations through good nutrition. You'll find coloring sheets, nutrition books of the month and lots of kid geared activities.
HealthyChildren.org is the only parenting Web site backed by 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
International Food Information Council Foundation – This website features games, physical activity challenges, kid-friendly recipes and short articles.
MyPYRAMID FOR KIDS
This website features materials for children aged 6 – 11 years old. This materials focus on healthy food choices and increasing physical activity. You'll find worksheets, an on-line game and tips for parents.
MyPYRAMID FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS
This website is designed to help parents and caregivers of children ages 2 – 5, encourage and promote healthy eating and activity. Topics include engaging picky eaters, promoting healthy growth and making time for healthy play.
WE CAN! WAYS TO INCREASE CHILDRENS ACTIVITY AND NUTRITION
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health – The goal of this program is to support families and communitites in helping children maintain a healthy weight. The program focuses on improving food choices, increasing physical activity and decreasing screen time.
White House, Health and Human Services, United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Education - This web site provides ideas on how to improve physical activity and nutrition is schools and at home. It has a section for children with activities and games.
ABC FOR FITNESS (ACTIVITY BURSTS IN THE CLASSROOM)
This website provides guidance for teachers on adding small amounts of physical activity throughout the school day.
EMPOWER ME The Alliance for a Healthier Generation
This website is geared to kids and teens to encourage physical activity and a healthy diet. It provides an on-line community with tips, polls and stories.
FUEL UP TO PLAY 60
National Dairy Council, National Football League – This website aims to empower youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health.
GROWING HEALTHY HABITS
University of Maryland Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program – This gardening and nutrition education curriculum is for elementary school children and focuses on integrating nutrition into the classroom. It promotes healthy eating habits and increased fruit and vegetable consumption.
SPARK is a research-based, public health organization of San Diego State University Research Foundation (disseminated by School Specialty, Inc.) dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness. This website provides resources, e-newsletters, PE lesson plans and a grant finder.