36 Ideas to Get Involved in NNM

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Schools or Workplaces

  • Create a "nutrition question of the day" contest sent by email or posted on a display. Draw the name of a daily prize winner from those who provided the correct answer. Suggested prizes: NNM pens, pencils, magnets, buttons or cooking items from the NNM catalog. Award a grand prize at the end of the month drawn from all correct submissions.
  • Vote for your favorite fruits and vegetables: Offer a selection of fruits and vegetables cut into bite-size pieces. Ask participants to vote for their favorite vegetable and fruit. Post a tally board to record votes. Handout "20 Ways to Get More Fruits and Vegetables."
  • Classroom: Ask children to carefully save empty food product labels and boxes. Spend some time reading labels and comparing information in the Nutrition Facts panels. Expand into a menu-planning opportunity, individually or in teams, using MyPlate as the guide to a healthy meal.
  • Start a school vegetable garden by planting seeds indoors or in the ground.
  • Take a field trip to a farmers market or a local farm.
  • Develop a lesson plan that explains the science behind ingredients needed for baking.
  • Assign a school group project that involves each group researching one of the food groups, allowing each child to explain a food from that food group and what nutrition it provides.
  • Organize and sponsor a "Healthy Lunchtime Challenge" for your school district.
  • Host a "MyPlate Champion" event in your classroom.
  • Develop a school project that involves kids drawing and creating a meal based on MyPlate, using the Choose MyPlate Coloring Page.
  • Organize a sports nutrition education session after school or during gym class.
  • Highlight ethnic and cultural food traditions. Offer special menu items from international cuisines (Asian, Mediterranean, Mexican, etc.) or regional foods of the United States.
  • Organize a "healthy recipe" contest among employees. Have the judges be VIP's from your workplace. Award NNM t-shirts, mugs or other items as prizes.
  • Organize a healthy potluck, making sure each of the food groups is represented.
  • Distribute coupons for discounts on a healthy meal featured in the cafeteria or vouchers for nutritious beverages or snacks.
  • Decorate the cafeteria with NNM posters or banners, table tents and balloons. Create a "take one" display with NNM brochures, bookmarks, Eat Right Nutrition Tips, and recipe handouts.
  • Conduct a series of healthy weight and fitness sessions at your workplace. Recruit a local fitness or yoga instructor to assist you. Give each participant a National Nutrition Month® t-shirt, pedometer or water bottle plus healthy eating handouts.
  • Conduct a formal taste testing of new healthier versions of recipes that are being considered for school or workplace menus.
  • Host a "lunch and learn" session on healthy eating.
  • Organize a health fair that promotes healthy eating resources and important preventive screenings.
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Grocery Store or Supermarket

  • Work with a local grocery store to promote NNM with posters and handouts.
  • Conduct supermarket tours to provide label reading opportunities and information about healthy food choices. Offer a special tour for kids focused on selecting healthy snacks. Provide "25 Healthy Snacks for Kids" NNM brochures and copies of selected NNM activity sheets.
  • Organize a supervised scavenger hunt for food items needed to make a healthy recipe.
  • Set up a "nutrition station" staffed by registered dietitian nutritionists who answer questions on nutrition.
  • Ask local store manager to run NNM audio PSAs in the store during March.
  • Offer a nutrition education session that offers suggestions on "how to eat healthy on a budget."
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