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Kids Eat Right Month®

Resources for Schools

Three elementary school students sit outside to eat their healthy lunches during Kids Eat Right Month.
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Principals, teachers, foodservice staff and parents can help make schools healthier places to learn by providing high-quality nutrition, integrating physical activity during the day and teaching children about the importance of embracing a healthy, active lifestyle.

Encourage healthy living at your school during August and all year long with these action items:

  • Announce Kids Eat Right Month® in your school newsletter or website. Additionally, send parents information via your school's online portal or a note home with kids.
  • Coordinate a healthy eating presentation and activities for students with the school registered dietitian nutritionist and school nutrition service staff, or invite a local registered dietitian nutritionist to come give a cooking demonstration or nutrition education workshop. Search the Academy's Find a Nutrition Expert database to locate an RDN in your area.
  • Incorporate nutrition education and physical education into the school day with MyPlate curriculum.
  • Host an after-school healthy eating presentation for families, featuring the school registered dietitian nutritionist or invite a local registered dietitian nutritionist.
  • Plant a garden. School gardens are an important educational tool to help students understand how healthy foods are produced and an opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables.
  • In the classroom, ask children to carefully save empty food product labels and boxes. Spend some time reading labels and comparing information on the Nutrition Facts Labels. Expand this activity into a menu-planning opportunity, individually or in teams, using MyPlate as the guide to a healthy meal.
  • Use resources and take action through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
  • Follow Kids Eat Right on Facebook, TwitterYouTube and Pinterest. Use the hashtag #KERmonth to connect with others who are celebrating.

Find a Nutrition Expert

Looking for credible nutrition information and recommendations? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' network of credentialed food and nutrition practitioners are ready to help!