Team Nutrition eNewsletter

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In this "Back- to-School" issue:

August 2014

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Free! Fun! Colorful! Materials for Back to School

Tools for Schools
School lunch trayTools for Schools is a new online toolkit where you can find all of USDA's best resources on school meal topics (e.g., fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich foods, and reducing sodium) and implementing Smart Snacks. In the toolkit, you will find policy documents, nutrition education materials, Smarter Lunchroom strategies, kid-friendly recipes, and success stories from other schools.

Discover MyPlate: Nutrition Education for KindergartenDiscover MyPlate
You can meet core education standards through these ready-to-go lessons that help kindergarteners become food-smart as they practice counting, reading, writing, and more! Fun interactive components, such as learn-to-read storybooks and pictorial recipes, keep kids engaged as MyPlate Nate and Kate help them explore healthy choices. Teacher training materials are also included.

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Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum (GR 1-6)
Serving Up MyPlate integrates nutrition education into core subjects for Grades 1-6. These ready-to-go class lessons make it easy for schools to help kids learn about making healthy choices and apply these skills in the cafeteria and at home. Lessons include three original songs, parent handouts in four languages, and the interactive Eat Smart to Play Hard With MyPlate poster.

Nutrition Voyage: The Quest to be our Best Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best (GR 7-8)
Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best takes 7th and 8th grade classes on a journey into school wellness. Each “trek” has opportunities to increase youth engagement through challenges, competitions, and surveys.

Team Nutrition Elementary School Posters (GR K-6)
These free posters encourage elementary school children to try new foods, eat breakfast, and choose fruits and vegetables.

Launch You Day with Breakfast Poster Launch Time Poster Make Today a Try-Day Poster Try New Foods Poster
Launch Your Day with Breakfast (329.13 KB) Launch Time (Fruits & Veggies) (3.18 MB) Make Today a Try-Day (111.61 KB) Try New Foods (Be Brave) (2.3 MB)

Team Nutrition Middle School Posters (GR 7-8)
These free posters are designed to help motivate 'tweens to make healthy food and beverage choices during and after school.

You Control You Poster You Control You Poster Power Up Poster Power Up Video Game Poster
You Control You (girl) (3.36 MB) You Control You (boy) (3.12 MB) Power Up (sports) (907.13 KB) Power Up (video game) (2.47 MB)

Events Booklet Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Book (GR K-8)
The Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Book has fun ways to engage school staff, students, and parents in nutrition and physical activity events.
A Calendar-at-a-Glance and free templates and handouts make planning easier. Host Try-Day Fridays or a MyPlate Day!  There are over 20-themed events to choose from.

Choose MyPlate LogoMyPlate SuperTracker (GR 9-12)
Use the SuperTracker to help teens plan, analyze, and track their food choices and physical activity.

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