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Teach a Lesson

Elementary classroom teachers in SFUSD are mandated to teach 20 health education lessons per year, two of which should focus on nutrition education.

Guide your nutrition education with state developed Nutrition Competencies

Nutrition Competencies for California's Children is a manual for guiding school districts and agencies in promoting effective, sequential, and comprehensive nutrition education (pdfs).

Teach nutrition and physical activity promotion lessons from the district adopted Actions for Health (ETR) health curricula

Supplement the district adopted curricula with high quality nutrition education resources

  • Dairy Council of California Lessons (Grades K-12 and After School)
  • MyPyramid Lessons (Grades K-6)
  • Low Income schools in San Francisco can receive additional nutrition education curricula by contacting the regional coordinator for Children’s Power Play! and University of California Cooperative Extension representative.

    Resources for grades PreK – middle school:
    Jennifer Gabet, MPH, RD
    Nutrition Program Manager
    University of California Cooperative Extension

    Resources for grades 4 and 5 and afterschool:
    Tuline Baykal
    Bay Area Children's Power Play! Campaign Coordinator

Integrate nutrition and physical activity throughout your day and link to other curricular areas

Invite a chef into your classroom to prepare a healthy recipe and talk about the culinary profession:

Lesson Plans and Support Materials (pdfs) include a pre and post lesson as well as guidelines for the day of the visit:

Highlight the Harvest of the Month fruit or vegetable and teach a lesson or activity from the Educator NewsletterHOTM Books



Follow these links to Find Out More...

    Provides grade specific nutrition lessons, parent/caregiver handouts and other resources on the new nutrition plan. 
  • Dairy Council of California
    Offers teachers free K-8 grade nutrition education curriculum. Provides newsletters, personal nutrition and fitness planners, and nutrition handouts for parents/students in English and Spanish.
  • Food and Nutrition Information Center/National Agricultural Library
    Offers food and nutrition resources for grades pre-K – 12, links to free lesson plans, and a bibliography of journal articles addressing childhood obesity.
  • P.E. Central
    Provides physical education activities for children and youth with lesson plans for pre-K – 12 and tips for classroom management.
  • California Adolescent Nutrition and Fitness Program (CANFIT)
    Addresses nutrition, body image, physical activity, and school policies for low-income, minority youth ages 10 – 14.
  • Healthy Kids Resource Center
    Borrow health education materials for free. Research summaries, school health laws, programs and links to health education websites are also available.
  • Eat Smart. Play Hard   
    Gives practical suggestions that will help motivate children and their caregivers to eat healthy and be active. The site also has materials in Spanish.
  • Harvest of the Month
    This site was developed by the state’s Network for a Healthy California program and has numerous downloadable resources for educators and parents/guardians, highlighting fruit & vegetables.
  • National Gardening Association
    Offers instructional materials, product catalogue and grant/award programs for school gardens
  • California Project Lean
    Provides lesson plans aimed at grades 9 – 12, newsletters, international recipes, articles and consumer materials in English and Spanish. “Bright Ideas” section highlights effective school and community based programs and strategies.
  • California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
    Promotes increased awareness and understanding of agriculture. Includes teacher lesson plans, website links, and a kids’ corner with games and recipes.
  • USDA - Team Nutrition
    Offers elementary and middle school nutrition education curriculum, book lists for children, handouts, and an online cookbook.
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)
    Connects school cafeterias with local farmers, who provide fresh lunch ingredients, explain how food is grown, and conduct tours of their farms for school children.
  • USDA Nutrition Site
    Provides information on the new Food Pyramid and Dietary Guidelines. Go to Educational Resources for links to other nutrition education sites, fact sheets, and tips.

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