- Youth Resources
USDA's Rural Development Youth Resources page provides students, parents, and teachers with youth-geared information and resources related to agriculture.
- Nutrition Education-General Nutrition: Various Audiences
USDA's Team Nutrition provides numerous resources on nutrition education, including lesson plans, activities, tips, strategies, and more to help you make healthy eating a fun part of your program.
- Agriculture in the Classroom
Agriculture (Ag) in the Classroom is sponsored by USDA's National Institutes of Food and Agiculture and offers resources for students and teachers to advance agricultural literacy. Their website also provides links to all of the State contacts for Ag in the Classroom and Ag literacy research.
- Agriculture in the Classroom-Kid Zone
This USDA resource provides kids and teens with information about animals, foods, ag questions, Science Fair projects, Ag Fun and virtual field trips in the Agriculture in the Classroom Kid's Zone.
- Choose My Plate
The Choose My Plate food guidance system provides many options to help Americans make healthy food choices and to be active every day. Resources are available for preschoolers, children, teenagers, and adults, including handouts and interactive tools.
- The Power of Choice: Helping Youth Make Healthy Eating and Fitness Decisions
The Power of Choice was developed by the Food and Drug Administration and USDA's Food and Nutrition Service and is intended for after-school program leaders working with young adolescents. The resource’s Leaders' Guide includes most activity materials, a recipe booklet, parent letter, and Nutrition Facts cards. It's full of quick, simple things to do with kids; many activities take little or no pre-planning. A CD containing 10 interactive sessions based on six posters.
- Nutrition Essentials
Nutrition Essentials is a series of lessons provided by USDA's Team Nutrition to help you make healthful eating and physical activity choices. It provides several tools which give you information you need to make educated choices and contains 5 posters.
- FSA Kids
Farm Service Agency (FSA) Kids provides fun farm facts, stories about youth farmers, word searches and mazes and more.
- Community Nutrition Action Kit
This USDA Team Nutrition Kit is geared for grades 3-6, their families and community volunteers and contains youth activities, family/caregiver activities and community activities, with guidelines for implementation, reproducible handouts, resource information and references.
- Eat a Variety of Fruits and Vegetables Every Day – Publications
This list of publications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for grades 6-12 includes topics such as: How Many Fruits and Vegetables Do You Need, Three Simple Steps to Eating More Fruits and Vegetables, Choose Smart, Choose Healthy; How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Manage Your Weight, etc.
- BAM! Body and Mind: Food and Nutrition
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this interactive website is suitable for grades 3-8. Students learn to separate food fact from fiction, and the website includes recipes for quick, easy, tasty treats; a nutrition game; snack ideas; and how to pack a "power" lunch.
- Fruits and Veggies Matter: Educational Materials
The Explore the World with Fruits and Vegetables campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides fun ideas for nutrition and education professionals to encourage schoolchildren and their parents to eat more fruits and vegetables by exploring new tastes provided by cuisines from around the world. This resource includes a Leader's Guide, brochure, poster, interactive work sheets, and adult and kid recipe cards.
- School Nutrition Policy: Choose Your Own Adventure
This school nutrition policy resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses research to help students develop a new nutritional policy to improve health and then investigate the outcome. This resource is suitable for grades 9-12.
- The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity
The National Institute of Health provides a supplementary middle school curriculum where Students explore scientific principles of energy balance within the body and their impact on human health.
- Instructor’s Guide for Fruits and Vegetables Galore
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction created this resource for school food service staff and provides ideas and lesson plans for teaching children about healthy eating and ways of adding more fruits and vegetables to school meals.
- Sci4Kids Developed by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), this site offers interactive activities for kids to learn about agriculture. The site also has resources for teachers.
For more information, visit our Implementing Farm to School webpage.