National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

“Go Further with Food” is the theme for 2018, and its importance is timely for many reasons. Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you “Go Further with Food”, while saving both nutrients and money.

Celebrate National Nutrition Month in Schools

Choose MyPlate – National Nutrition Month

Action for Healthy Kids – National Nutrition Month

MyState MyPlate toolkit for teachers

Coloring Page for Kids – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition Tip Sheets – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition Sudoku for Kids – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Other Ideas:

Host a Taste Test – a great way to encourage students to try new foods.

Promote nutrition through existing communication channels such as the school website and social media, school newsletters and morning announcements.

Prepare a lesson about Rethinking Your Drink .

Encourage students to eat breakfast. It activates our brains, gives us energy, and makes us alert. Eating a healthy well balanced breakfast also helps us continue making good choices throughout the day.