Get the Dish about School Nutrition.
National Nutrition Month®
"National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits."
"This year's theme, "Fuel for the Future," highlights the importance of fueling our bodies at every age and eating with the environment in mind. Practice gratitude for your body by giving it the fuel it needs with sustainable foods! A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered can teach you how nutrient needs may change with age, and give you personalized nutrition information to meet your health goals."
-Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Fuel Your Future With Grains
Tell the children that March is National Nutrition Month®—and they will celebrate foods that help fuel their future all month long.
· Ask the children what the word “fuel” means. If needed, give an example, such as gas in a car. Explain that food is fuel for our bodies.
· Show different pictures of grain foods. Tell the children that grains provide energy or fuel for our bodies to grow and play.
· Ask the children to name some of their favorite forms of active play. Eating grains helps fuel their play every day.
· Talk about the different grains on the menu this week!
Click here to view: School Nutrition March Menus
USDA Team Nutrition, Grains.
Discover MyPlate includes seven emergent readers featuring kindergarten-level sight words that help children build literacy skills while learning about the five food groups and MyPlate.
USDA Team Nutrition, Protein Foods.
Customize the Dietary Guidelines.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans-
"Make Every Bite Count"
Eat School Meals!
Fuel Your Future With Meats/Meat Alternates
Ask the children what the word “future” means. Help them understand that they will be taller and stronger in the future.
Tell the children that the foods we eat every day (for example, meats, fish, beans, cheese, eggs, tofu, and poultry) help our bodies grow.
Show pictures of meats and meat alternates, and ask the children which ones they have tasted before.
Tell them these foods provide something special to our bodies for growth and strength, called protein. They need to eat these foods every day to give their bodies what they need to grow and be strong.
Talk about the different meats and meat alternates on the menu this week! Click here to view: School Nutrition March Menus
National Nutrition Month Activities!
National Nutrition Month 2023_Word Search_English
MyPlate Coloring Sheets
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