Nutrition Education Resources

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Welcome to our resource page for nutrition education! We know healthy children do better in school and a key to being healthy comes from the food we eat. We have created this page to help you make teaching about healthy food choices fun as well as accessible. We’ll provide on-going nutrition education resources so check in with us often and see what’s new.


Cooking together is one way children and families learn about healthy food choices. It’s also a great time to reinforce learning around math, literacy, and science. Encouraging and modeling healthy food choices can establish lifelong eating habits. When doing a cooking lesson with children or serving food at a family event, please choose foods that reflect healthy habits.

We’ve collected a number of recipes that are kid friendly, easy to make and healthy too. Each one is available in both English and Spanish. These camera ready recipes are ready to copy. Enjoy!

Green Smoothie 1   crunchy burritos 1   Fried Rice   Banana Crunchos   Fruit Roll Ups 2
Green Smoothie
English   Spanish
  Crunchy Burrito
English   Spanish
  Fried Rice
English   Spanish
  Banana Crunchos
English  Spanish
  Fruity Roll-Ups
English   Spanish

Other Resources for Cooking with Children:

Ready Set Go 5 2 1 0 logoREADY, SET, GO! 5-2-1-0

Ready, Set, Go! 5-2-1-0 is a community-based initiative designed to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children and families. Healthy choices are easier to make in a healthy environment with access to healthy foods and physical activity. PSESD Early Lerning supports the campaign and 5-2-1-0 is part of our Early Learning curriculum.

5 2 1 0 definition graphicWhat does 5-2-1-0 stand for?

  • Aim for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Aim for 2 or less houts of recreational screen time every day (children under the age of 2 should have no screen time).
  • Aim for 1 hour or more of physical activity.
  • Aim for 0 drinks with added sugar every day.

A wide range of materials and resources are available from Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Please follow the link to their website and explore ways to help children and families make healthy choices:

PSESD 5-2-1-0 Resources

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Healthy Habits for School Readiness is a series of collaborative strategies for teachers and family support specialists to use in the classroom and as you work with families.

Healthy Habits 5-2-1-0

 Healthy Habits My Plate

Healthy Habits - Hand Washing

Healthy Habits - Breakfast

Healthy Habits - Let's Move!


iStock 000005989867 LargeRESOURCES FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND YOUNG CHILDREN Caring for Our Children, National Safety and Health Performance Standards, 3rd Ed. 2011, American Academy of Pediatrics. This site provides research based rational and standards for physical activity on children’s healthy growth and development in early learning. Site is a good place to find brain games for babies, toddlers, preschoolers about play and the brain.
Diane Craft, Active Play – Fun Physical Activities for Young Children, 2009 Alliance for a Healthier Generation – An American Heart Association organization targeting childhood obesity prevention.
National Association for Sports and Physical Education – Play, Guidelines and Policy Statements. Lets Move Child Care, Healthy Kids Healthy Future sponsored website including guidelines, resources, and ideas for promoting healthy habits in early learning programs.
Head Start Body Start website for the Movement for Young Children training
We Can! And the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Early Childhood Health Curriculum and resources, in partnership with NIH, Department of Health and Human Resources. Kid's Health, Nemours Institute in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Learning, and Play resources for teachers and parents, 0-5 years. Choose Healthy Options Often and Start Young. Songs, dances and games to download or order free curriculum (English and Spanish)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Strategies for practicing sun safety year round and the Block the Sun Not the Fun flyer for parents


Physical Activity Slide Presentation

Health Habits "Move and Learn!" Example Lesson

"15 Ways to Get Moving" handout

Sun Safety Quiz handout

"Executive Function: Three Skills Need for Life, Learning, and Health" handout

"Outdoor Play Benefits" handout