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Division of School and Community Nutrition Level One Certification Course Area Four: Nutrition Education. Importance of Nutrition Education. The food we eat has a great impact on our health.

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    1. Division of School and Community NutritionLevel One Certification CourseArea Four: Nutrition Education Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    2. Importance of Nutrition Education • The food we eat has a great impact on our health. • By educating on the essentials of good nutrition, generations are impacted towards a healthier America. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    3. Objectives • Recognize and understand the meaning of MyPlate. • Recognize the existence, purpose and importance of the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. • Promote National School Breakfast Week. • Promote National School Lunch Week. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    4. USDA’s Myplate Oldmypyramid Newmyplate Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    5. Why MyPlate? • Clearly illustrates how to include all food groups into a meal with correct proportions. • Using a plate instead of a pyramid is easier to comprehend with less interpretation involved. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    6. Using myplate • Visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ for material and resources including: • Free posters promoting nutrition in schools • Free literature • Learning games • Recipes • Helpful tips Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    7. Myplate resources Use the website to launch fun games that will promote good nutrition for kids. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    8. Myplate resources Activity sheets can also be used to teach good nutrition in a fun and interactive way. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    9. Myplate resources The links that are highlighted offer helpful tips for promoting good nutrition. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    10. Myplate resources Print out these tips, hang them in the cafeteria, and/or use them for teaching.

    11. Dietary guidelines for Americans • USDA & HHS release Dietary Guidelines every 5 years • The latest DG were released in June 2010 • The Dietary Guidelines are used to develop healthy eating plans for average Americans. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    12. 2010 Dietary guidelines • The above statement is from the USDA press release for the 2010 DG. These guidelines include key recommendations for the general population and special population groups. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    13. 2010 Dietary guidelines • Key recommendations include: • Maintain calorie balance to prevent overweight/obesity through physical activity and proper nutrition. • Consume nutrient-dense foods and beverages. • Reduce sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat intake. • Keep intake of trans fats as low as possible. • Increase fruit and vegetable consumption; eating a variety of them. • Make at least half your grains whole; avoid refined grains. • Eat a variety of protein foods that are higher in liquid fats than solid fats, including seafood. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    14. You can make a difference • You can be a healthy role model by: • Incorporating recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines into your lifestyle. • Investing time into the students you serve. • Encourage students to make healthy choices. • Praise students when they make healthy choices. • Being a positive influence. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    15. National School breakfast week • This is a time to get students excited about breakfast. Activities and fun can grab their attention and increase participation in school breakfast. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    16. National School breakfast week • This years National School Breakfast Week wasMarch 3-7, 2014 • Theme for this year: • “Take Time for School Breakfast” Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    17. National School lunch week • This is an opportunity to promote school lunch. Get kids excited by incorporating fun and activities throughout the week. • National School Lunch • Week will be • October 13-17, 2015. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    18. conclusion • Nutrition education has the potential to positively influence the future generations towards a healthier lifestyle. • You have the power to be a good role model for students in your school. • Impact students by using resources, such as MyPlate, 2010 DG, and National School Lunch & Breakfast Week. • Encourage students to make healthy choices. Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    19. references • MyPlate. USDA. <Choosemyplate.gov> • 2010 Dietary Guidelines. USDA, HHS. <cnpp.usda.gov/dietaryguidelines.htm> • National School lunch Week. School Nutrition Association. <schoolnutrition.org> Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910

    20. Division of School and Community NutritionKentucky Department of Education Area Four: Nutrition Education 20130910