Healthy eating for kids is important and impacts overall well being. At Dairy Council of California we believe nutrition education contributes to student health and links to improved academic performance. Students feel better if they eat a balanced diet that is diverse and includes many foods from the five food groups. We believe in a positive approach and that children respond better to positive encouragement about their food choices versus lots of food rules.
All of us eat better when we eat together. Whenever possible, being a healthy eating role model and eating with kids produces positive eating behaviors. Family meals increase academic performance and overall health for youth. And better days always begin with a balanced breakfast!
Good nutrition and physical activity go hand in hand. Encourage students to be active 60 minutes per day.
Parents are the most important influence in their children’s lives – and that includes food and physical activity choices. As a parent, you can listen to the 20-minute presentations on each topic below, or as a nutrition educator, you can use the presentations and supplemental resources (program outline, handouts, script and more) to answer the most common nutrition questions that parents ask. Most resources are available in English and Spanish.
These are the most popular handouts to duplicate and use with students.
Kids learn about the five food groups and how much they
need from each group.
Create a virtual pizza while learning about the history
and nutrition of pizza.
What's Your Calcium Intake?
See if you're getting enough calcium from the foods you eat.
Check to see if you're getting enough physical activity using
this activity calculator.
Fun interactive games teach children about dairy farming.
This program, brought to you by Dairy Council of California, aligns with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
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