Team Nutrition


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.


Team Nutrition Schools have these common values:
  1. We believe that children should be empowered to make food and physical activity choices that reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  2. We believe that good nutrition and physical activity are essential to children's health and educational success.
  3. We believe that school meals that meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans should taste good and appeal to children.
  4. We believe our programs must build upon the best science, education, communication and technical resources available.
  5. We believe that school, parent and community teamwork is essential to encouraging children to make food and physical activity choices for a healthy lifestyle.
  6. We believe that messages to children should be age appropriate and delivered in language they speak, through media they use, in ways that are entertaining and actively involve them in learning.
  7. We believe in focusing on positive messages regarding food and physical activity choices children can make.
  8. We believe it is critical to stimulate and support education and action at the national, state and local levels to help children develop healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.

Teaching Nutrition in the Classroom- Resources

These resources are free to schools who participate in the National School Lunch Program or other USDA child nutrition programs. See order form here for printed materials availability. http://tn.ntis.gov/

Elementary School


  • Serving Up My Plate (Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6) http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/serving-myplate-yummy-curriculum
    • Serving Up MyPlate is a 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.

  • Idaho Incredible Edible Farm to School Lesson Plans (3-5)
    • These ten lessons use Idaho Core Standards to teach about some of the great food we grow in Idaho and how eating these nutritious foods help us grow strong and healthy.

  • The Great Garden Detective Adventure (Grades 3-4) http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/great-garden-detective
    • This is a standards-based garden curriculum. Discover what fruits and vegetables are sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home. This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.


Middle School

  • Nutrition Voyage: The Quest to Be Our Best (Grades 7-8)
  • Nutrition Voyage: The Quest To Be Our Best takes 7th and 8th grade classes on an exploratory journey into school wellness. Opportunities for students to investigate, participate in a challenge, evaluate, and reflect.

Other Resources For Educators http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Educators/

  • Posters, games, and other support materials

Idaho Team Nutrition is funded by grants from the USDA Food and Nutrition Services to address the specific needs of Idaho schools and child care. Recent projects include wellness policy support, smart snacks in school, chef designed recipes, HealthierUS School Challenge, farm to school, and school gardens.


For more information about Idaho Team Nutrition, contact Dianne Esplin, RD, LD, SNS at desplin@sde.idaho.gov.

For more information about USDA Team Nutrition, please visit their website at http://www.fns.usda.gov/team-nutrition.