First Grade

Nutrition Curriculum for First GradeHealthy Choices, Healthy Me!

Building the Foundation for a Lifetime of Healthy Habits

Early elementary is the perfect time to build a foundation of healthy habits that will continue for a lifetime. Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! nutrition program aligns to education standards, uses a proven behavior-change model and gives students the knowledge they need to begin practicing healthy choices. 

Teachers love Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! because:

  • they see students making healthy choices almost immediately and sharing information with their families
  • it gives them a fun way to apply the Common Core State Standards and easily integrates into subjects like Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, Language Arts or Physical Education units
  • they know nutrition is a vital topic that isn't included in the standard curriculum
  • a 30-minute online teacher training gives them a foundation in nutrition concepts

With Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! nutrition lessons, students learn: 

  • how to eat a variety of foods from each food group 
  • the importance of eating a balanced breakfast 
  • how to plan healthy snacks and meals 
  • in active play for at least 60 minutes a day

When nutrition is added to the curriculum students:

  • Discuss nutrition with friends and family.
  • Make better choices in the lunch line and grocery store.
  • Hold each other accountable for making healthy choices.
  • Bring healthier snacks to school.
  • Enjoy sharing their stories about nutrition.

Nutrition programs are free to California teachers and available for a nominal cost for teachers from other states.

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Evaluation Reports

In addition to aligning to education standards, Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! underwent rigorous field testing with teachers and students to ensure that students gained knowledge and exhibited positive behavior change.

Read the summary evaluation report as well as the full report.

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What You Receive

Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! includes the following components. Reorder student workbooks each year but use the supporting materials year-to-year.

To download your teacher guide and other resources, login to the Healthy Choices, Healthy Me! page. 

  • Teacher Guide
  • Student Workbooks (English and Spanish)
  • Food Picture Cards
Rave Reviews: What are the Teachers Saying?

Teachers love that our nutrition curriculum works so well in the classroom. The nutrition lesson plans for first grade have undergone rigorous field testing to evaluate for student outcomes. This process helps us to refine the lessons until they become teacher-friendly, fun for students and effective.

Here is what teachers are saying about the first grade nutrition lesson plans:

Dairy Council of California programs and nutrition lesson
plans align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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