Nutrition Education Resources

Use this growing collection of resources to help parents understand the importance of good nutrition, and the ways they can both teach and model good nutrition to their children.

  • Eat Right with MyPlate

    This resource from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides information on food choices, portion sizes, and physical activity. It is a very brief, but thorough, document highlighting the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

  • Healthy Food Choices

    It's important for children to adopt a healthy lifestyle starting at a young age. Parents play an essential role in helping shape children's eating habits. Try these simple tips to help your children eat well and learn to enjoy nutritious foods.

  • Make It Breakfast First!

    Breakfast builds better bodies, provides fuel for school and boosts brain power!

  • Meal Planning: Information for Parents

    Planning healthy meals is easy. Just follow these simple tips.

  • Mix & Match Breakfast Ideas

    This resource includes ideas for quick and easy breakfasts that can be served at home or taken on the go. The foods and recipes included could also be included at breakfast taste testing events.

  • Power Up with Breakfast

    This tip sheet from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides information on the importance of breakfast and includes recipes and suggestions for healthy breakfast choices.

  • School Breakfast: Information for Parents

    Want your children to be alert, focused and ready to tackle the day's academic challenges? Encourage them to eat breakfast. Not just on test days, but every day of the year. It's well-documented that breakfast eaters are healthier and more energetic throughout the day.

  • School Lunch: Information for Parents

    When children eat school lunch, they are more likely to consume milk, meats, grains and vegetables compared to students who don't, including students who bring lunch from home. They also have higher nutrient intakes — both at lunch and over the course of an entire day. And cost-wise, school lunch is at a great value. A typical school lunch contains an entree, two servings of fruits and vegetables, a grain item and milk. From children to parents to teachers, everyone benefits when kids eat school lunch!

  • Teaching Children to Live Nutrient-Rich: Tips for Parents

    Teach your children about making nutritious food choices wherever they are - at home, at school, at play - any time of year. Try these simple tips from food and nutrition expert Mary Abbott Hess, LHD, MS, RD, LD, FADA, to help your children eat well and learn to enjoy nutrient-rich foods.

  • Ten Tips Nutrition Education Series

    These tip sheets from the USDA's ChooseMyPlate program offer sets of ten suggestions each, on a variety of topics, to help you improve your healthy eating habits and selections.