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Nutrition and Fitness Teacher Resource Center

Many children are flunking healthy eating
  • Only 2 percent of students are meeting all the recommendations of the USDA Dietary Guidelines; 16 percent do not meet any
  • Less than 15 percent of school children eat the recommended servings of fruit
  • Less than 20 percent eat the recommended servings of vegetables
  • About 25 percent eat the recommended servings of grains
  • Only 30 percent consume the recommended milk group servings
  • Only 19 percent of girls ages 9 to 19 meet the recommended intakes for calcium
  • Only 16 percent of school children meet the guidelines for saturated fat

The Consequences are Troubling

  • Childhood obesity is a national epidemic, likely to result in earlier onset and increased prevalence of disease
  • The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than doubled in the past 30 years
  • Unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are causes of obesity and chronic disease, resulting in at least 300,000 deaths each year
  • Poor nutrition associated with heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, alone, now costs $71 billion a year

Nutrition and Fitness Video for Educators

Elementary SchoolMiddle Schools
Breakfast Counts - Healthy Meals 5 Min. Activity Breakfast Basics - Balancing Nutrients
Grade SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh School
  Building a Healthy Me K   GirlsHealth Facebook   Activity & Eating
  Healthy Choices, Healthy Me 1-2   Empowering Youth  
  Nutrition Pathfinder 3-5   The Power of Choice  
  Food Safety K-3   Exercise Your Options  
  Food Safety 4-8