Youth Nutrition Education Curriculum

The CalFresh Healthy Living, UC program provides evidence-based nutrition, physical activity and garden-based education to California’s youth. The curriculum listed below are the most commonly used youth curricula by the CalFresh Healthy Living, UC Program and can be accessed through the links on this page.

Go Glow Grow

  • (Pre-K) The Go Glow Grow curriculum is designed to meet the specific needs and GGG graphicabilities of preschoolers. It provides opportunities for younger children to actively learn about healthy eating and exercise. Research tells us that the early years are especially important for establishing habits that will last a lifetime. Encouraging healthy eating and ample physical activity during the preschool years will have long-term benefits. Through this curriculum preschoolers will make the connection between eating healthy foods and being able to Go, Glow and Grow.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

Happy Healthy Me
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  • (Pre-K-K) Happy Healthy Me... Moving, Munching, and Reading Around MyPlate is a nutrition and literacy curriculum that helps 4-6 year old children become aware of food and nutrition by reading storybooks with food-related themes and then participating in hands-on nutrition education and physical activities.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

Eating Healthy from Farm to Fork
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  • (Grades K-2) Eating Healthy from Farm to Fork ... Promoting School Wellness is a nutrition education curriculum that makes the connection between local food systems, garden-based learning, school food service and the establishment of healthy habits. The lessons actively engage the children in learning about healthy choices for food and fitness.  

Eat and Play Together!

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  • (Grades 1-3) Eat and Play Together! is a nutrition and physical activity curriculum for 6-8 year old children and significant adults in the children’s lives. Participants become aware of how healthy snacks and fun physical activity contribute to overall health. The curriculum is designed for child-adult pairs to learn about nutrition and fitness while having fun together. Child-adult, known as buddies, participate in all activities as a team.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

My Amazing BodyMAB graphic

  • (Grade 1) My Amazing Body is a nutrition curriculum for students to learn about the amazing things their body can do and explore how they can keep their amazing bodies healthy through eating nutrient-rich foods, getting plenty of exercise and sleep, and practicing good hygiene.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

Good for Me and You

  • (Grade 2) Good for Me and You is a nutrition curriculum that allows students to explore what is good for a healthy body and lifestyle, study My Plate, and are introduces to the concept of nutrients and what they do for their bodies. They learn that eating breakfast every day, drinking healthy beverages, exercising and keeping food safe to eat all are good to their body.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

It's My Choice...Eat Right! Be Active!

  • (Grade 3) It's My Choice...Eat Right! Be Active! is a nutrition curriculum where students examine the key nutrients provided by each of the five food groups of MyPlate and learn how to make healthy choices. They identify how vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and proteins provide the essential building blocks needed for good health.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

Let's Eat Healthy Curriculum by Dairy Council of California

  • Dairy Council graphic(Grades K-12) Since 1919, Dairy Council of California has been an innovator in nutrition education and the dairy industry’s contribution to community health. We produce balanced nutrition education programs and resources, which are free in California, for schools, health professionals’ offices and workplace wellness programs.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

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  • (Grades K-8) Teams With Inter-Generational Support focuses on gardening and how the foods we grow are used in our bodies as building blocks and energy providers. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade are given the tools to plant and care for a garden. This curriculum is flexible and the lessons can easily be used in a classroom, after-school program, or club.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

Serving Up MyPlate SUMP graphic 

  • (Grades 1-6) Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. Visit the Team Nutrition Web site to learn more.

Nutrition to Grow On  NTGO graphic

  • (Grades 4-5) Nutrition to Grow On is an innovative curriculum that offers teachers a direct link between the garden and nutrition education. Nine lessons are designed to teach children and their families about nutrition by relating each lesson to a garden activity. The curriculum uses the garden to integrate disciplines, including science, mathematics, language arts, history, environmental studies, nutrition and health, while reinforcing the California academic content standards. This is a free, downloadable resource.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

Power Play!  PP graphic

  • (Grades 4-5) Power Play! encourages students to eat fruits and vegetables every day and gives creative ways for the students to successfully do so. Children at this age are assuming more responsibility for their own health and well-being. Power Play is designed to maximize learning using integrative and fun activities and taste-testing to hold the interest of this age group. Visit the 4th Grade & 5th Grade School Idea & Resource Kit to learn more.

Healthalicious   Healthalicious graphic

  • (Grades 4-6) Healthalicious promotes a healthy lifestyle in students by encouraging the intake of nutrient rich foods and physical activity. The lessons provide students with a fun introduction to preparing and eating healthy meals. This curriculum can be used in the afterschool setting with 4th -6th grade students and with programs such as 4-H. It may also be used as a family centered curriculum when teaching children and their parents or caretakers about nutrition and physical activity.

Shaping Healthy Choices Program (Grades 4-6)SHCP graphic

  • Discovering Healthy Choices is a learner-centered, garden-enhanced nutrition curriculum that was developed for the Nutrition Education & Promotion component of the Shaping Healthy Choices Program.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

  • Cooking Up Healthy Choices is a learner-centered curriculum of cooking demonstrations that highlight seasonal produce and allows students to observe cooking techniques, deepen understanding of nutrition concepts, and experience recipes using all five senses

  • Healthy Choices in Motion allows students to explore a comprehensive set of physical activity concepts including the benefits of physical activity, recommendations across the lifespan, the five components of physical fitness, why doing a variety of physical activity is important, and what being physically active means to you.

UP4It!

  • (Grades 4-6) UP4It! curriculum encourages youth aged 8-12 to consume nutrient-rich foods and to achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. There are 13 activities and the curriculum can be used during school, after school and with 4-H programs.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

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Nutrition Voyage  NV graphic

  • (Grades 7-8) Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best is a curriculum developed by the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service who invites you to explore new Team Nutrition lessons for grades 7 and 8. 

Choice, Control and Change

  • (Grades 6-12) Choice, Control Change is an inquiry-based science and nutrition curriculum promoting healthy food and activity decisions. Through this curriculum, students learn how biology, the built environment, and personal behaviors impact weight and health. Students collect data about the world around them and their own eating and physical activity behaviors to understand their choices, take control, and make positive changes. 

EatFresh.org MiniCourse

  • (Grades 9-12) Healthy eating doesn't have to be confusing! The EatFresh.org Mini Course boosts your nutrition, cooking, and healthy living knowledge. Each of the 15 self-paced topics takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Learn how to eat healthy, save money and cook easy, tasty meals. This curriculum can be assigned to high school students to complete in class or if working asynchronously from home.

Hunger Attack!

Hunger Attack
  • (Grades 9-12) Hunger Attacks / Money Talks is a curriculum designed to teach teens that the food they buy not only affects the amount of money they spend, but can also affect their health.  Virtual education materials are available for this curriculum.

Evaluation Tools and SMART Objectives

This document provides a full listing of which evaluation tools are recommended for use with each curriculum.

Youth Curriculum Flyers and Program Promotional Flyers

These materials can be downloaded and provided to teachers, schools and agencies to promote CFHL, UC direct education programming.  For Youth Curriculum and Program Flyers please visit the Program and Curriculum Flyers webpages.

Approved Children's Book Ordering Information

This list provides ordering information for books to be used with specified curriculum.

UC ANR Publications Catalog

  • Programs can receive a discount when ordering items from the UC ANR Catalog using this form.
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