Early elementary is the perfect time to build a foundation of healthy habits that will continue for a lifetime. Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! nutrition program aligns to education standards, uses a proven behavior-change model and gives students the knowledge they need to begin practicing healthy choices.
Teachers love Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! because:
With Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! nutrition lessons, students learn:
Nutrition programs are free to California teachers and available for a nominal cost for teachers from other states.
(free in California)
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(including Common Core extension activities)
Kids play this educational game and learn how to eat a
Kids learn about the five food groups and how much you
need from each group.
In addition to aligning to education standards, Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! underwent rigorous field testing with teachers and students to ensure that students gained knowledge and exhibited positive behavior change.
Read the summary evaluation report as well as the full report.
Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! aligns to the following educational standards:
Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! includes the following components.
Reorder student workbooks each year but use the supporting
Teachers love that our nutrition curriculum works so well in the classroom. The nutrition lesson plans for first grade have undergone rigorous field testing to evaluate for student outcomes. This process helps us to refine the lessons until they become teacher-friendly, fun for students and effective.
Here is what teachers are saying about the first grade nutrition lesson plans:
My students are able to make independent decisions on healthy eating choices. It has been amazing to see the growth in their knowledge regarding healthy eating.
I like the ideas in the Curriculum Connections section on incorporating food and nutrition across the curriculum.
I just want you to know that I think your program is excellent. A lot of thought and work went into designing the nutrition program. My 1st graders have also really enjoyed it and have been learning a lot about proper nutrition.
"My first graders have a much greater understanding of what it means to "eat healthy" and no longer speak of 'healthy/unhealthy food,' but rather, what they should eat often/not often.
At this age it is very easy to communicate how important good eating habits are for young growing bodies. I enjoyed using your program to teach this important concept.
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