Nutrition Education

Seeds of Nutrition

Seeds of Nutrition promotes a commitment to health and taking care of the body through the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes children and teens need to make healthy decisions consistent with their healthy goals.  Students learn to identify and manage their emotions and the emotions of others so they can better relate to others and seek to associate with positive peer groups, and to set and achieve personal health goals.

Seeds of Nutrition teaches five essential skills to build self-efficacy, promote healthy development, and increase academic success:

  • Setting Reachable Goals
  • Making Responsible Decisions
  • Bonding with Pro-Social Others
  • Identifying and Managing Emotions
  • Communicating Effectively

Seeds of Nutrition is a skills-based nutrition education curriculum designed to promote a priority for health within the adolescent.  Students learn the role of nutrients, hydration, exercise, and rest in promoting physical and mental well-being.  Students exposed to this information will be more likely to adopt standards and norms consistent with a healthy lifestyle. 

Nutrition topics are discussed in the context of expectations, peer pressure and influence, and the role of the media in creating expectations and their role in decision making.  Students set and reach more complex goals and, in the process, develop and practice stronger decision-making skills and effective-communication skills.  Students also learn to identify and manage their emotions and the emotions of others so they can better relate to others and seek to associate with positive peer groups.  Through the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes teens need to make healthy decisions consistent with their healthy goals.

Primary Nutrition Education Focus Areas:

  • Nutrients
  • Food Sources of Nutrients
  • Hydration
  • Exercise
  • Rest

Additional Skills and Developmental Topics

The self-efficacy and interpersonal skills constructs are woven into the course to reinforce the capacity for self awareness and social awareness. Additional skills build on the core social skills set to broaden the student’s sense of self-efficacy and confidence and are tailored to the intellectual, cognitive, and social development of the student.

  • Media Literacy and Media Influence
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Understanding Peer Influence
  • Being a Positive Peer Influence

A Fully Engaged Classroom

Interactive games and activities foster an experiential learning environment so students can learn, practice, and apply the skills in the classroom setting. Multiple opportunities for practice reinforce the learning in a variety of applications to provide context and promote recall.  Activities including competitive games and role play in individual, paired, and group formats are designed to engage reluctant participants and foster collaborative approached to problem solving and task completion.

L. Holtz Science Teacher - Kids Community College

This program was an amazing success with my students. They need to know the role nutrients play in nourishing their bodies. The children gained so much they can use in their lives. 

L. Holtz Science Teacher - Kids Community College

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