This section includes resources for educators, parents, and kids, including recipe ideas and nutrition-based games and activities. The section also includes information for those interested in promoting healthier food options in schools and tips on starting school gardens.
30 Ways in 30 Days to Stretch Your Fruit & Vegetable Budget
There are many ways to maximize your benefit from fruits and vegetables without breaking your budget. CDC offers 30 ways in 30 days to Stretch Your Fruit & Vegetable Budget while staying healthy!
American School Health Association
The American School Health Association plans, develops, coordinates, implements, evaluates, and advocates for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and youth.
Active & Healthy Schools
This program improves the health of students by making simple changes to the whole school environment, not just the PE program, and at a fraction of what most similar programs cost.
American Dietetic Association
The American Dietetic Association is world’s largest organization of food and nutritional professionals.
California Department of Education: After School Snack Program
This chart provides information on the key components of four federally reimbursable snack programs to assist out of school time programs in finding the best fit.
CDC's Body & Mind (BAM!) Animated Health Website
BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them — such as stress and physical fitness — using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features. BAM! Body and Mind also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to the national education standards for science and health.
Champions for Change
From the California Department of Public Health this site provides education and advocates for more fruits and vegetables in family meals. Includes recipe ideas.
This site features practical information and tips to help you build a healthier diet based on USDA's new food guidance icon, MyPlate.
Dole 5 a day
Funded by Dole, a site that encourages kids to be healthy with nutrition based games and activities, music, recipes, comics, and videos.
Eat Smart. Play Hard. Campaign
This site is specifically designed for parents and caregivers to provide information to help you eat better, be more physically active and be a role model for your kids. This site contains information and resources to: help you get started, help you make smart choices, prepare quick, easy, and healthy meals that taste good and provide you with tips on how to increase physical activity in your life.
Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC)
The Food and Nutrition Information Center - a leader in food and human nutrition information dissemination since 1971 - provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Worksheets provided by Fuel Up to Play 60 are helpful when teaching students about healthy eating and why it is important.
Healthy Kids Out of School
From healthy, quick snack ideas to fun cooking activities to do in out-of-school-time programs, Healthy Kids Out of School's website, Healthy Kids Hub, is filled with free educational materials, discounted products, and other special offers to help out-of-school-time programs promote healthy eating habits.
Kidica offers resources and guidance to provide health and education for our youth. There will be times when kids will refuse to eat anything green! Here a few tips and tricks into turning them in to green food lovers without even knowing it.
Kid’s Health: Nutrition and Fitness
Information for parents, educators, and teens to stay healthy and safe. Includes recipes, games for youth, movies, informational facts, and a kids’ dictionary of medical words.
Kids World - Nutrition
Kids can learn about healthy eating on this fun website with information about food groups, labels, and safety.
Kids of all ages can learn to be healthy through the fun games and activities on this website.
This site is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to combat childhood obesity. It provides information on nutrition and health in the everyday as well as physical activities and the promotion of healthier food options in schools.
National Agricultural Agency
General informational resources on childhood nutrition and physical activity.
Nutrition Explorations: Kids
Fun food games for kids, as well as information regarding childhood nutrition for parents.
Nutrition.gov provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers.
President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) is a committee of 25 volunteer citizens who advise the President through the Secretary of Health and America. Through its programs and partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors, PCFSN serves as a catalyst to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports and nutrition programs and initiatives that engage Americans across the lifespan.
PublicHealth offers many resources and publications pertaining to nutrition best practices for a healthy life.
San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
The HHSA has resources for proper nutrition for children as well as local resources San Diegans can use to stay healthy.
Scaling Up Nutrition
The SUN Movement is a healthy movement to create awareness about global nutrition.
School Nutrition Association (SNA)
Provides free resources to help you understand trends in school food, market your own program, run your program effectively, and teach kids about nutrition.
Tips to keep kids eating healthy and creating healthy habits.
Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.
University of Buffalo – Department of Pediatrics
This website is here to help parents and children of all ages to live a healthier life.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Kids’ Site
FDA’s site to promoting healthy habits through awareness, activities, contests, and recipes.
The Vegetarian Resource Group
The VRG provides information and tips on how to be a healthy vegetarian.
How to Start a School Garden
Gardening will encourage children to make good food choices, dynamic learning capabilities, and hands on experience with nature, stimulates social interaction, facilitates cultural exchange, and more.
Information about how to grow a school garden and the steps needed to bring a garden to your school and community. A great resource for teaching children how we depend on Earth's resources to survive. It reinforces the concept of nutrition cycles, food production, decomposition, water conservation, and more.
The Garden Projects
The Garden Project helps you start a school garden and work with you to fit your school needs and budget. Among the help it provides is youth gardening education programs, collaboration on grant writing and fundraising, gardening training for school teachers/staff, and more.
Grow It-Food Safety in the School Garden
Grow it gives resources on how to involve a youth in gardening. They provide resources to develop a youth garden at schools or in private property. Food safety in the school garden is an article that teaches youth and staff how to be conscious about safety when consuming “the fruits of their labor.” From tools and materials, to soil and compose safety, water source, harvesting, storing, preparing, and serving garden produce.
Students can learn how to create and maintain a garden through the help of cimmunity partners and their school.
Kids Gardening is part of the National Gardening Association. They provide grants, and free materials for educators and families to inspire gardening as a learning experience. Their mission is to empower generations to live healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship. The Kids Gardening website provides a comprehensive collection of youth gardening content for the environmentally conscious youth and professional.
REAL School Gardens
REAL School Gardens believes that there is a way to better teach and engage students through the use of a school garden.
School Garden Wizard
The School Garden Wizard gives helpful information on how to secure funding, create, and maintain a school garden.
Healthy Snack Recipes for Kids
These well balanced meal and snack recipes will provide our youth with great nutrition and a healthy diet balance to promote a well balanced diet.
13 Healthy and Gluten-Free Ways to Make Pizza
If your family loves pizza, here are some fun ways to make it healthier!
25 Quick and Easy School Lunches to Pack for Your Kids
A quick and easy list for parents to refer to when packing a lunch for their kids’ day at school.
27 Healthy Versions of Your Kids’ Favorite Foods
Sneaky ways to create healthy dishes that your kids will still love to eat.
All Recipes-Recipes (Healthy Snacks for Kids)
Allrecipes.com offers healthy choices for parents to prepare to their children. They suggest to make the afternoon meals nutritious and healthy so kids can have the energy they need to go outside and play or do homework. This site provides healthy recipes, menus, and afternoon’s pick-me ups. According to the site when kids have choices they are happy, make sure those choices are nutritious and kid pleasing.
Delish-Recipes (Kid Friendly Meals)
Delish-Recipes has a lot of healthy kid friendly recipes that will wow even the pickiest of your kids. These healthy meals will have your entire family savoring over dinner, this site encourages parents to allow their children to help them in the kitchen as this will more likely inspire the kids to eat what you have prepared together.
Eating Well-Kid Friendly Recipes
EatingWell.com offers recipes that are quick, healthy and delicious. They can be done in 30 minutes or less. These quick dinners are here to help you manage your busy day without sacrificing dinnertime. The collection of quick, healthy dinners will satisfy your family and will give you options such as quick chicken recipes, quick pasta dinners, and many more quick and healthy dinner ideas.
Free Gourmet Recipes
The Free Gourmet site has many healthy dessert recipes that will wow the calorie contentious individual. These free recipes are loaded with healthy options, easy to read, a true delight making sure to keep you mesmerized by the tasty and healthy options.
Healthy Kids Snacks
Healthy Kids Snacks is a great website that gives you healthier alternatives to junk food. These recipes are quick and easy and full of flavor, the quick snacks suggestions are easy enough for even the busiest of schedules. You can also sign up for their Newsletter where you can find news and recipes, articles, tips, and information about healthy snacking.
Healthy Recipes for Kids
Healthy recipes give tons of recipes that are nutritious and fun to make. The recipes are easy for children to prepare, is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen. This site gives an opportunity for kids to vote and rank recipes that they have tried, this innovative process helps children get involved with what they eat and is also a learning process. They can practice math, meal preparation, and learn eating habits for life.
Kids Health-Healthy Recipes
The Kids Health website offers a variety of recipes that encourages kids to get cooking. The recipes are intended for kids to try a range of menus from lunch ideas to vegetarian recipes all ready to teach you child about meal and food preparation. In this site you can also find recipes for kids with diabetes, Lactose intolerant recipes, Cystic Fibrosis recipes, and much more.
Lap Top Lunches-Recipes
The Laptop Lunches website offers creative and healthy lunch ideas, it supports the idea of using leftovers for lunch menus and it gives a variety of sandwich filling ideas such as avocado, sprouts, cucumbers, cheese, and the like. This site also gives tips on how to balance your plate, portion control, how to get into your “picky eater’s” mind, and much more. The menu library is sure to inspire you with its all season lunch ideas from Spring to Winter and everything in between.
Here, parents can find healthy lunch and dinner recipes to feed their family.
This site gives you many choices for school lunch ideas including school snacks that you can prepare for the little ones when they come home from school. You can find back-to-school snacks, quick and easy lunch recipes, and a gallery full of school lunch ideas. Find easy to follow recipes design to get your kids involved in the process of cooking and experience the joy of cooking together.