Show Me Nutrition
The Family Nutrition Education Program (FNEP) offers classes in Missouri schools for kindergarten through grade 12 that meet the criteria for low income participants. Classes are taught by trained nutrition educators working in cooperation with classroom teachers.
For information on the availability of Show Me Nutrition in your area, contact your county MU Extension office.
Nutrition series lessons
Adventures in Nutrition with the Show Me Chef (kindergarten)
Students practice new skills, such as tasting healthy foods, washing their hands and having fun moving their bodies.
Fun with Food and Fitness (first grade)
Students are introduced to MyPyramid and learn that they need to eat a variety of foods from the five major food groups to grow and stay healthy. They learn the difference between commercials and regular TV programming so they can begin to understand how ads influence food choices.
Food Group Express (second grade)
Students learn that eating a variety of healthy foods from MyPyramid + being active = good health. To help them build a healthy body image, students learn that healthy bodies come in all sizes and shapes. Students become “ad-busters” by learning about techniques advertisers use to persuade consumers to buy food.
Building MyBody (third grade)
Students use the current USDA food graphic to plan meals and choose foods from all the food groups. 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.
Choosing Foods for Me (fourth grade)
Students will use the current USDA food graphic to learn the recommended amounts of food to eat from the five food groups each day. They learn to read and use food labels to make healthy food choices and how to make healthy choices when eating out. Students analyze how social influences like family, media and peers affect body image. They also learn that physical activity is part of a healthy lifestyle.
Exploring the Food Groups (fifth grade)
Students will use the current USDA food graphic, 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. The importance of physical activity, body acceptance, food choices and truth in advertising are also addressed.
Digging Deeper (sixth grade)
Students will use the current USDA food graphic, and will be encouraged to be active and eat a variety of food from the five food groups each day to maintain a healthy weight. They learn about key nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy, practices to ensure a healthy body image and ways to keep food safe. The importance of physical activity, body acceptance, food choices and breakfast are also addressed.
Choices and Challenges (seventh and eighth grades)
This curriculum helps develop critical thinking and decision making skills about important issues like maintaining a healthy body image, the health risks of eating disorders and the advertising tactics used to sell products to teens. Other skills stressed include fitting physical activity into our daily lives, advocating for a community that supports physical activity, making healthy fast-food choices, food shopping and healthy cooking.