This curriculum uses gardening and cooking to help youth develop healthy eating habits. Elementary students gain the hands on experience of tending a garden through the school year. Eight to ten lessons are offered March through June for grades 3-5.
Topics and activities include:
- Recommendations for healthy snacks, meals and physical activity
- Foods, food groups and their nutrients
- Food safety awareness and proper hand washing
- Simple food preparation skills
- Sample tastings of healthy foods
- Seed germination, transplanting and plant harvest
Growing Healthy Habits includes four family newsletters with articles on parent child activities, food safety, produce of the month and recipes.
Special Note: A school garden is necessary for participation.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact: http://foodhelp.wa.gov or the Basic Food Program at: 1 877 501 2233.