Nutrition and Physical Activity

Well nourished, active students are better prepared to learn and achieve their potential. School-based nutrition and physical activity programs help students gain knowledge and skills to make nutritious food choices, prepare meals and snacks, maintain a healthy weight and body image, and develop personal plans to eat well and stay active.

Moving from MyPyramid to MyPlate (PDF file)

California Department of Education – Healthy Eating and Nutrition Education
Information and resources to improve nutrition and establish healthy eating habits in school, child care, adult, and after school settings.

Nutrition Education Resource Guide (NERG) for California Public Schools Kindergarten through Grade Twelve.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Adolescent and School Health Program Evaluation
Find out about conducting regular evaluations to provide information for program management and strengthen program effectiveness, including how to conduct focus groups, develop questionnaires, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Data and Statistics
Find child and adult obesity trends and maps, the site includes the latest statistics, surveillance systems, state indicator reports and maps related to weight.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Youth! Nutrition Information Page
Strategies and guidelines to improve the eating habits of youth.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Healthy Youth! Physical Activity
Guidelines, strategies, reports, and statistics related to promoting physical activity among children and teens.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Overweight and Obesity
Statistics, trends, state and national reports, and strategies to reduce childhood overweight and obesity.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)
The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) is a self-assessment and planning guide to help school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent standards-based analyses of physical education curricula.

New Release - 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans provides 5 Overarching Guidelines with Key Recommendations that specify nutritional targets and dietary limits to outline how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet.

Food Safe Schools

Harvard School of Public Health – Nutrition Source
Access the latest nutrition research and news articles about nutrition, disease prevention, and environmental sustainability.

Network for a Healthy California Resources

Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Branch –Toolbox for Community Educators
Lessons, handouts, and resources for nutrition education and physical activity promotion for families.

School Breakfast Programs – Energizing the Classroom (PDF)
How breakfast improves attendance and test scores in this study of Minnesota schools.

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SHAPE (Shaping Health As Partners in Education) Newsletter - Autumn 2014
SHAPE pioneers share their stories in this final SHAPE Newsletter. In addition, new resources, research, training, and funding opportunities are provided to continue building effective school and community partnerships.

Society for Research in Child Development—Report: Reclaiming the Family Table (PDF)
How eating together as a family benefits the health, learning, and well-being of children.

United States Department of Agriculture – MyPlate
The national food guidance system to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle.

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