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On-Line Discussion Groups

These lists were originated by USDA and designed for State agency, school food service, and child care personnel to discuss issues about providing healthy meals to children. There is no fee for joining the lists. However, membership may be limited to related personnel. Messages and answers are unedited. The subscriber should assess the accuracy of the responses.

SuccessTalk - Intended as a communication tool to link school health professional, child nutrition educators, principals, teachers, parents, and community members interested in creating a healthy school nutrition environment.

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Feeding Kids Newsletter - an announcement only newsletter.

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 requires that all schools implement Wellness Policies and Councils by July 1, 2006. Visit USDA's link to learn more about this requirement and read best practices.

Food and Nutrition Resource List for Child Care and Professional Staff. A comprehensive resource list for childcare professionals. Childcare Resource

Pennsylvania College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension - resources for early childhood

  • Nutrition in Every Theme Activity Booklets
  • Preschooler activity pyramids
  • Newsletters

​yourSELF Middle School Nutrition Education Kit a TEAM Nutrition Resource.
yourSELF inspires children to take responsibility for their nutrition and fitness choices and includes, student magazines, student activity guides, the Teacher's Guide, duplicating masters, a video, and a poster, "The Power of Choice."

Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 and Online Materials | Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Ask ERIC for lesson plans about:

  • Nutrition
  • Consumer Health
  • Food Safety
  • Agriculture in the Classroom: Fruits and Vegetables
  • Bugs Aren't all Bad
  • Fitness

CANFit Program
The California Adolescent Nutrition & Fitness Program's (CANFit) goal is to improve the nutritional well-being and physical fitness of low-income, multi-ethnic youth between 10-14 years of age. CANFit funds and supports local, community-based agencies that provide nutrition and physical activity education to adolescents. The curricula, lesson plans, and other educational materials developed by the CANFit grantees are available for use in your classroom. Check it out.

Fueled for Flight, Video kit
Invite a NASA astronaut and other experts to teach in your math and science classrooms! Fueled for Flight, an education kit, using the space shuttle as the theme to teach math and science skills to 5th and 6th grade students. Nutrition and exercise are used to make analogies between key concepts and the students' everyday lives. FREE to 5th and 6th grade science teachers who write to: Education Department, National Cattlemen's Beef Association on school letterhead specifying how they will use the kit. Other teacher will be charged $14.95. Fueled for Flight, Video kit, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, P.O. Box 670, Bloomingdale, IL 60108, 800-368-3138.

The Institute of Food Technologists
Do you want to teach your students about careers in the food industry? Teaching materials and videotapes about food science are free from this site. Click on Education & Careers.

Education Index® contains descriptions of superior Web-based education-related sites. To help you find what you are looking for, subject and life stage sort the sites.

Try these sites to evaluate and find accurate nutrition information also.

  • NetWellness from the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University.
  • Dr. Stephen Barrett's Quackwatch. Quackwatch, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies.
  • Find reliable consumer health and human services information at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Service's Healthfinder®

American Dairy Association & Dairy Council Mid East includes resources and materials for schools, and it's easy to use. Educators can find the latest nutrition news, as well as order classroom materials and lesson plans from National Dairy Council®. In addition, school food service personnel can find valuable tools to use in the lunchroom. Take a few minutes to explore all this Web site has to offer.

National Dairy Council's® Nutrition Explorations offers nutrition activities, classroom resources, and teaching tips to educators. This site was judged one of the best sites by Tufts Nutrition Navigator.

The Washington State Dairy Council launched an online catalog. New materials include Healthy Habits for Life, Contemplate Your Plate, and Disordered Eating Tear Pads.

​​ is a comprehensive source of information on nutrition and dietary guidance from multiple government agencies and supports the President's HealthierUS Initiative and includes information provided by USDA, the Department of Health and Human Services and others.

Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity (PANA) is a statewide coalition of more than 500 public, private, academic, professional, and volunteer groups working to promote policies and environments that support healthy eating and activity. Established by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PANA has been operating since February, 2003, to empower schools, communities and healthcare providers to improve the opportunities for better nutrition and physical activity in Pennsylvania.

Nourish preschool children with books with this 1999 publication from Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Publication 348-950, Nourishing Children With Books from Ann Hertzler.

Roberta Duyff offers a multicultural curriculum for preschool children in "The Foods I Eat: The Food You Eat." Contact Many Hands Media, 113 Broadway, Suite 1123, NY, NY 10010.

​​Sanitation and Food Safety Teaching Resources

FoodSaf​ This site has numerous links to food safety information.

Fight BAC! For Kids The Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Fight BAC!® for Kids webpage is where you can find kids’ food safety information, including resources for parents and educators with programming, and ideas and fun activities for kids that teach them about the basics of safe food handling. This page provides links to kids’ food safety curricula for all ages from pre-K through high school. 

Journey to Planet Earth Take a trip around the globe to explore the health of our planet, including the future of its food supplies. A teacher's guide and video segment is FREE to middle school teachers on the website, by calling your local PBS station, or from Michele Reap, South Carolina Educational Television, (803) 737-3394. Teacher materials were designed for both the classroom and after-school programs.