Utah EFNEP Curriculum

    Youth Curriculum

    ChoooseMyPlate.govEFNEP uses the Show Me Nutrition curriculum when teaching youth. The following is a list of presentations we can provide for youth groups, individual school classes, or complete grades:

    • Kindergarten: Students are introduced to MyPlate. MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image— a place setting for a meal. The importance of physical activity is also addressed.
    • First Grade: Students are reintroduced to MyPlate and they learn that they need to eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups to grow and stay healthy. The importance of physical activity is also addressed.
    • Second Grade: Students learn that eating a variety of healthy foods from MyPlate + being active = good health. They are encouraged to start the day with breakfast and learn to pay attention to body cues that help them know when they have eaten and exercised enough. To help students build a healthy body image, they learn that healthy bodies come in all sizes and shapes. The importance of physical activity, body acceptance and food choices are also addressed.
    • Third Grade: Student use MyPlate to plan meals and choose foods from all the food groups. They begin to focus on vitamins and minerals, studying the main nutrients that the human body needs to function healthily. The importance of physical activity, body acceptance and food choices are also addressed.
    • Fourth Grade: Students will use MyPlate, and will be encouraged to eat a variety of food from the five food groups each day. They learn about key nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy and the best ways to ensure their bodies get the types of healthy foods they need. A critical part of healthy eating is keeping foods safe. Students will learn how to keep food safe from harmful bacterial and how to eat by following safe food handling practices. Four basic food safety principles work together to reduce the risk of foodborne illness—Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill. The importance of physical activity, body acceptance and food choices are also addressed.
    • Fifth Grade: Students will use MyPlate, and will be encouraged to eat a variety of food from the five groups each day. They learn about key nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy and the best ways to ensure their bodies get the types of healthy foods they need. Students will learn label-building skills intended to help make it easier for them to use nutrition labels to make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet. The importance of physical activity, body acceptance and food choices are also addressed.
    • Sixth Grade: Students will use MyPlate, and will be encouraged to eat a variety of food from the five food groups each day. They learn abou the key nutrients that the body needs to say healthy and the best ways to ensure their bodies get the type of healthy foods they need. Students are taught the connection between excerise and good health and that being physically active can improve their health—today, tomorrow, and in the future. People of all types, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active.
    • Seventh Grade: Students learn that nutrition is critical for the survival of all living organisms. It is required for the normal functioning of the body parts, repair of damaged tissues, and for healthy growth and sustenance of the body. They learn to weigh their food and other fitness options and to make healthy lifestyle choices.
    • Eight Grade: Students learn to choose foods that have a high nutrient content. Healthy exercise and fitness options are also addressed.
    • Ninth-Twelfth Grade: Students learn the skills needed to make healthy choices; the importance of eating a variety of vegetables and fruits every day and how to save money when buying them. Reading food labels, food safety, eating smart and being active is also addressed.

    Presentations for kindergarten-second grade last about 30 minutes. All other presentations last approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Handouts are available to reinforce presentations.