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Nutrition Essentials

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University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Science.

This curriculum includes lesson plans, food demonstrations, handouts, activities, PowerPoint presentations and more. Topics range from the Food Guide Pyramid and the different food groups to how to plan meals for infants, children and pregnancy.

Historical Document
Funding Source
USDA. Food Stamp Program & Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Free Material
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Evaluation Information

Several county extension agents tested the curriculum with audiences prior to completing the final copy.

SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

The lesson topics include:

  • The Food Guide Pyramid
  • Bread, Cereal, Rice & Pasta Group
  • Fruit Group and Vegetable Group
  • Milk, Yogurt & Cheese Group
  • Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs & Nuts Group
  • Tip of the Pyramid-Fats, Oils & Sweets, Fresh Produce- From the Farm to the Table
  • Reading Labels for Better Nutrition
  • Planning for Good Nutrition
  • Saving Money on Meals
  • Breakfast- Start the Day the Right Way!
  • Smart Snacking; Keeping Food Safe to Eat
  • Feeding Infants
  • Feeding young children
  • Eating for a Healthy Pregnancy
  • Get Moving!
    The introduction provides educator teaching tips, and a lesson overview which include: a summary, objectives, teaching aids, icebreakers, lesson content, handouts, visuals, and activities. Handouts are available by searching the University of Florida Cooperative Extension’s Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS) Web site.
    Lessons incorporate ice-breakers, frequent questions, checklists, and original activities to illustrate the desired learning objectives. The “Keeping Food Safe to Eat” lesson uses the “Who Wants to Kill a Million Bacteria?” activity, which follows the format of the T.V. series, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” The “Reading Labels for Better Nutrition” lesson tests knowledge and communication skills as participants read labels and line up in order of highest nutrient to lowest.
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