Core Nutrition Messages

Last Modified: 03/31/2014

Core Nutrition

The Core Nutrition Messages and related tips, guidance and communication tools complement the key recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).  They address whole grains, low fat milk, fruits and vegetables, as well as child feeding.  Designed specifically for populations served by WIC, SNAP, Child Nutrition and other Federal nutrition assistance programs, the messages and related tips, advice and guidance, can help nutrition educators deliver consistent messages that resonate with moms and kids.

The messages and the related resources address barriers faced by program participants in ways that inspire them to take action towards adapting the desired behaviors. Use these resources in educational tools, activities and interventions to help low-income audiences put the recommendations of the DGAs into practice.  Use these resources as part of nutrition education with the goal of helping program participants take positive steps to:

  • Make half their grains whole grains, make the switch to fat-free and low-fat (1% fat or less) milk, and make half their plate’s fruits and vegetables.
  • Encourage child-feeding practices that foster healthy eating habits.

See background and Implementation Guide for information about the target audience, development process, ideas for using messages and more.

Download Messages and Tools

Milk

Milk
   - Messages
   - Tips
   - Communication Tools

Child Feeding Child Feeding
   - Messages
   - Tips
   - Communication Tools
Whole Grain Whole Grain
   - Messages
   - Tips
   - Communication Tools
Fruits & Vegetables Fruits and Vegetables
   - Messages
   - Tips
   - Learning Activities

Online Communications Tools

Video

Video
  - Milk
  - Whole Grains
  - Child Feeding

Kid Games Video Games
  Click here for
   text version of
   game.

Show off your work!
Share how you use these materials. Send description and/or copy to: nutritionmessages@fns.usda.gov.