Nutrition Curriculum for Kindergarten

Building a Healthy Me! 

Providing the Foundation for a Lifetime of Healthy Habits

Completely revised and new this year, our kindergarten nutrition education program gives teachers the flexibility they need by offering fun activities that span 5-15 minutes and fit into a variety of classroom themes. Plus extension activities provide even more options so that teachers can teach what they want, when they want.

Building a Healthy Me! nutrition lesson plans aligns to education standards, uses a proven behavior-change model and gives transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students the foundation they need to make healthy food choices. 

Teachers love using Building a Healthy Me! because:

  • they see students making healthy choices almost immediately
  • it gives them a fun way to apply the Common Core State Standards and easily integrates into lessons, themes and subjects they are already teaching
  • they know nutrition is a vital topic that isn't included in the standard curriculum
  • a 30-minute online teacher training gives them a foundation in nutrition concepts

Read What Teachers Say About the Kindergarten Program.

With Building a Healthy Me! nutrition lessons, kindergarten students learn to:

  • Identify foods from all five food groups
  • Match specific colors to each food group
  • Classify foods into the appropriate food group
  • Select healthy snacks that are made up of food-group foods
  • Understand the importance of breakfast as a healthy start to each day

Nutrition programs are free to California teachers and available for a nominal cost for teachers from other states.

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When nutrition is added to the curriculum students:
  • Discuss nutrition with friends and family.
  • Make better choices in the lunch line and grocery store. 
  • Hold each other accountable for making healthy choices.
  • Bring healthier snacks to school.
  • Enjoy sharing their stories about nutrition. 
Education Standards

View the following to see how Building a Healthy Me! aligns to California standards for Common Core, nutrition competencies, health and physical education as well as all national standards:

California Alignments by Unit

National Alignments by Unit

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Evaluation Reports

In addition to aligning to education standards, Building a 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.

What You Receive

Building a Healthy Me! includes the following components. Reorder student workbooks each year but use the supporting materials year-to-year.

  • Teacher Guide
  • Two double-sided Posters
  • Colorful Student Workbooks (each workbook includes both English + Spanish)
  • Food Picture Cards
Rave Reviews: What are the Teachers Saying?

Teachers love that our nutrition curriculum works so well in the classroom. The nutrition lesson plans for kindergarten have undergone rigorous field testing to evaluate 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 these kindergarten nutrition lesson plans.

Dairy Council of California programs and nutrition lesson
plans align with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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