Middle School Nutrition Education Lesson Plans

Middle School

Exercise Your OptionsNutrition Curriculum for Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8

Practicing the Skills for a Lifetime of Healthy Habits

Middle school is a critical time for students to understand and practice healthy eating habits since some habits, like skipping breakfast, start in the teenage years that lead to weight gain. Exercise Your Options nutrition program aligns to education standards, uses a proven behavior-change model and helps students apply decision-making skills to real-life issues that influence their health. The nutrition lessons are skills-based to help students apply problem-solving, reasoning and critical-thinking techniques, making them successful in the classroom and beyond.

Teachers love Exercise Your Options because:

  • they see students engaged  in learning about their health and making better choices almost immediately
  • it gives them a fun way to apply the Common Core State Standards and easily integrates into Science, Social Studies, Health, Language Arts, Math or Physical Education units
  • they know nutrition is a vital topic that isn't included in the standard curriculum
  • pre- and post-assessments show growth in their students' knowledge and practice
  • a 30-minute online teacher training gives them a foundation in nutrition concepts

Exercise Your Options nutrition lessons teach middle school students:

  • to consider their options
  • develop realistic plans
  • set goals and identify obstacles
  • to improve their daily food and activity choices

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

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Your Program Materials

Exercise Your Options includes paper student workbooks sent directly to you and the following set of online program components:

Videos, PowerPoint + Scripts

Students can access all eight YouTube™ videos here.




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Nutrition 101 in 30 Minutes!

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.
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Evaluation Reports

In addition to aligning to education standards, Exercise Your Options 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.

Rave Reviews: What are the Teachers Saying?

Teachers love that our nutrition curriculum works so well in the classroom. The nutrition lesson plans for middle school grades 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 middle school nutrition lesson plans.

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

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