Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum


We know that youth establish lifelong food, nutrition and physical activity habits during their early years. Evidence also suggests that well-nourished children are more likely to perform better in school, as they have more energy to stay alert and engage in learning. Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum is for youth in grades 1-6. Six lessons are taught, one per week, typically in a classroom setting. This engaging curriculum is linked to the Indiana Academic Standards and is a free program to schools that are at least 50% or more free and reduced lunch. The lessons provide nutrition and health information, and an opportunity to practice new skills.

Topics include:

  • Nutrition basics
  • Physical activity
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • Fight Bac! Concepts of Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill

Making a Difference

In 2013, the program was taught in 52 counties to over 25,000 youth. After participating in the program, youth report: After participating in the program, youth report:
  • Increased practice of one or more healthy food selection habits
  • Increased practice of healthy physical activity habits
  • increased knowledge of health food choices and food preparation
  • increased knowledge of food safety