Power Up Nutrition Education

  • Each month, Nutrition Services focuses on a different theme to support the teaching of nutrition education. 

May: Hydration

  • About 60% of the human body is water!water
  • Hydration aids digestion, energizes muscles, boosts immune system, improves circulation, and enhances brain function.
  • While about 80% of our hydration comes from fluids, 20% comes from liquids in foods like fruits and vegetables.

Learn more here.

April: Bone Health

Strong bones play an important role in protecting our internal organs, and holding our bodies upright. Teeth are bones too, and they help usbone eat and talk. Help keep your bones strong by:

  • Eating foods with calcium
    • Milk and foods made from milk
    • Green leafy vegetables
    • Beans
    • Milk alternatives that are labeled as calcium fortified
  • Being physically active every day
    • 60 minutes per day for kids
  • Eating fruits and vegetables every day. Some vitamins and minerals we get from fruits and vegetables help our body absorb calcium.
    • Vitamin K
    • Magnesium
  • Getting vitamin D so our bodies can absorb calcium
    • Drink milk and orange juice fortified with vitamin D
    • Eat cereals fortified with vitamin D
    • Eat egg yolks
    • Eat fish
    • Spend time in the sunshine!

⇒ Learn more about keeping your bones healthy here.

March: Super Breakfast Month

orange super hero It's important to BREAK the FAST to get ready for the day. Fuel the brain for:

  • Improved academic performance
  • Better problem solving skills
  • Being more physically active

Power Up with a nutritious school breakfast. Try breakfast at school today, and get your carbohydrates, protein and fiber to fuel your mind and body. READY, SET, BREAKFAST!

Learn more here.

⇒ Find a fun coloring page here.

February: Heart Health

Tips for Heart Healthhealthy heart

  • Eat a healthy diet: Eat high-fiber foods; choose fruits, vegetables, whole gains, legumes and nuts -- GO FOODS. Add low-fat dairy and lean protein for a balanced healthy eating pattern. 
  • Move more, sit less: Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week, plus muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days a week. For youth, get 60 minutes of activity per day.   

  • Rethink your drink: Substitute water for sugary drinks.

Learn more in this informational flier. 

Learn about out our Harvest of the Month: apples!

January: Fiber

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest.whohle grain Though most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, fiber cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, and instead it passes through the body undigested. Fiber helps regulate the body’s use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check.

Children and adults need at least 20 to 30 grams of fiber per day for good health. Fiber comes in two varieties:

  • Soluble fiber can help lower glucose levels as well as help lower blood cholesterol. Foods with soluble fiber include oatmeal, nuts, beans, lentils, apples and blueberries.
  • Insoluble fiber can help food move through your digestive system. Foods with insoluble fibers include wheat, whole wheat bread, whole grain couscous, brown rice, legumes, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes.

The best sources of fiber are whole grains, fruits and vegetables, legumes, and nuts. Learn more in this flier.

December: Energy Balance

What you eat and drink is ENERGY IN. Compare that to calories burned through body function and physical activity, which is ENERGY OUT.

Learn more in this flier

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November: Go, Slow & Whoa Foods

stop light There are no bad foods -- only foods you should eat more or less of.

Go Foods 

  • Whole food, least processed
  • Highest in fiber, vitamins & minerals
  • Most nutrients

Slow Foods 

  • Refined, processed
  • Some added sugar, salt, and/or fat
  • Fewer nutrients

Whoa Foods 

  • Ultra-processed
  • Highest in sugar,  salt, and/or fat
  • Least nutrients

Learn more about go, slow, and whoa foods here.

October: Eat Local!

Local foods are fresher and seasonal, usually have less environmental impact, preserve green space, promote food apple safety and variety, and support the local economy.

Easy and inexpensive ways to eat local include:

  • Shopping at Farmers' Markets
  • Joining a Community Supported Agriculture co-op
  • Eating seasonal food
  • Freezing seasonal food
  • Growing your own food

Learn more and find a tasty seasonal recipe here.

September: Free Meals for All Students!

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