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Nutrition Education for the School Aged Child

HNES 600

This course focuses on nutrition issues affecting school-age children and their families. It examines how the school, family, and community influence a child's nutritional health and provides the teacher with the background needed to teach nutrition with emphasis on strategies for bringing about behavior change. The course focuses on skill building in the area of using food in the classroom as a teaching strategy and investigates specific nutrition issues, such as societal and cultural influences on eating habits, body image and eating disorders, sports nutrition, and other nutritional concerns relating to school-age children.


Upon completion of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • State the definitions of nutrition and nutrition education;
  • State reasons for including nutrition education in the elementary curriculum;
  • Define the members of a nutrition education team and their roles;
  • Explain why variety is important in the diet;
  • Share how nutrition education can be integrated into other subjects matter areas;
  • Identify factors which influence food availability and food preferences;
  • Explain how the recommended Dietary Allowances relate to the food grouping system;
  • Identify components and alternatives of the school lunch and breakfast meal patterns;
  • Assist students in developing behavior change goals and strategies;
  • Assist elementary students in planning a daily food intake;
  • Evaluate foods using nutrient labels;
  • Use nutrient comparison cards, nutrient density and food composition tables;
  • Explain the body's need for energy for growth and activity;
  • Develop a food related activity for their classes;
  • Explain the basis for current recommendations about the role of diet in promoting and maintaining health;
  • Develop a food related activity for their classes;
  • Select suitable information about current issues in nutrition for classroom study;
  • Give examples of methods for safe handling of food;
  • Explain the role of food intake and activity in energy balance List the warning signs of eating disorders;
  • State strategies for encouraging a positive body image;
  • Modify a menu to increase or decrease caloric content;
  • Outline the basic components of a safe, effective weight loss program for adults, children and adolescents;
  • List and explain 4 nutritional concerns of school age children;
  • List 5 nutrition recommendations for the child;
  • Identify some common food and nutrition fallacies and their factual answers;
  • Identify sources of accurate nutrition information;
  • Evaluate advertising claims for appeal used and fallacies implies and/or presented.

Required Materials:

Teaching Nutrition Modules, developed by Nutrition Education & Training Program, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, 2012