- Environmental Standards
- Getting Other Staff on Board
- Articles, Emails, and Handouts
- Unit 1: Fruits and Vegetables
- Unit 2: Get Moving
- Unit 3: Be Sugar Smart
- Unit 4: Go for Good Fat
- Unit 5: Go for Whole Grains
- Unit 6: Super Snacks
- Unit 7: Fruits and Veggies Mix it Up
- Unit 8: Tune Out TV
- Unit 9: Play Hard
- Unit 10: Hydration
- Unit 11: Finale
- Recipe Packet
- Complete Curriculum
Unit 1 Information for Leaders
To view the individual activities for this unit, click on them in the highlighted orange box to the leftA PDF version of this unit is available here.
Children will eat more fruits and vegetables (5-a-day!)
Key Messages for Kids
- Go for Five! Eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables (combined) each day.
- Try to eat a fruit or a vegetable with every meal and snack.
- Just take a bite! Don't be afraid to try a new fruit or vegetable - chances are you'll like it.
Key Information for Program Staff
Fruits and vegetables are important foods to include in a healthy diet, but many children (and adults!) eat much less than the recommended 5 or more servings each day. Fruits and vegetables are packed with lots of vitamins and nutrients. They are also a great source of fiber, which helps you feel full.
The trick is that each type of fruit or vegetable has unique benefits, so it is important to eat different types. Encourage children to eat a variety of different fruits and vegetables so they get all the vitamins and nutrients they need to be healthy. Tell children it is fun to try new fruits and vegetables, and they taste great! They say that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", but don't forget your oranges and broccoli! Striving for variety also means you should also try to incorporate fruits and vegetables that are relevant to the lives of the children you serve. Take time to talk to kids about the kinds of fruits and vegetables they eat at home and make sure to incorporate them into your snacks and activities in this unit.
Tip: September is National 5-a-Day month, so check out the resource section and connect to organizations that may offer free materials or ideas. School food service directors may also have promotional material, or they may be interested in working with school-based programs on taste-tests or other activities.
What's a Serving?
- 1/4 cup of dried fruit, like raisins
- 1/2 cup of cooked or raw vegetables, like baby carrots or cooked green beans
- 1/2 cup of canned or cut-up fruit, like applesauce or canned pineapple
- 1 medium piece of fresh fruit (an apple the size of a tennis ball, or 1 medium banana)
- 1 cup of leafy greens like spinach and lettuce (dark greens pack more nutrients than pale iceberg lettuce)