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Nutrition for Children and Youth

Action for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) is a nationwide initiative dedicated to improving the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity in schools. This effort represents a response to our nation's epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished children and adolescents. Healthy schools produce healthy students - and healthy students are better able to learn and achieve their true potential.


BAM! Body and Mind is an online destination designed for kids 9-13 years old. BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The Web site focuses on topics that are important to kids such as stress and physical fitness using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features. BAM! Body and Mind also serves as an aid to teachers, providing them with interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to the national education standards for science and health.


Best Bones Forever
Best Bones Forever!™, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a campaign for girls that encourages them to grow strong by getting active and eating more foods with calcium and vitamin D.


CDC Kidtastics
Kidtastics is a podcast series, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provides take home health and safety messages, in English and Spanish, for kids ages 5-10. “For kids by kids”, the audio podcasts are kid-friendly, with fun music and sound effects.


Chefs Move to Schools
The Chefs Move to Schools initiative, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims to connect chefs with schools recognizing a potential role for the culinary community to play in ensuring our schools provide nutritious food to students.


Choose MyPlate provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.


Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are published jointly every 5 years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the cornerstone of Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities. The guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans site contains resources for educators and consumers.


Eat Smart. Play HardTM
The Eat Smart. Play Hard.™ Campaign was launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to encourage and teach children, parents, and caregivers to eat healthy and be physically active every day.  Eat Smart. Play Hard.™ offers resources and tools to convey and reinforce healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors.


Fruit & Veggie Color ChampionsTM
This Web site allows students to choose a Fruit & Veggie Color ChampionTM (Big Pauly, Greta, Raoul, Winonna or Yaz O’Frazz) to guide them through games, art activities, recipes, coloring sheets and activity pages to learn about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables., from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors.


Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth – Healthy Eating and Community Design
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation whose primary goal is to implement healthy eating and active living policy and environmental change initiatives that can support healthier communities for children and families across the United States. This resource guide provides a listing of relevant programs, organizations, tools and presentations intended to support healthy eating via community design.


Institute of Medicine
The Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academy of Sciences provides evidence-based information and guidance concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals and the public. The IOM has released reports on the progress in preventing childhood obesity, food marketing to children, nutrition standards for food in schools, and strategies that local governments can take to address healthy eating.


Leadership for Healthy Communities
Leadership for Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed to support local and state government leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity through public policies that promote active living, healthy eating and access to healthy foods. The Action Strategies Toolkit provides examples of policy approaches to improve children's health such as increasing access to parks and recreation centers and offering healthier foods in schools.


Let’s Move
Join First Lady Michelle Obama, community leaders, health professionals, and families in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.


N.C. Action for Healthy Kids
North Carolina Action for Healthy Kids (NCAFHK) is one of 51 Action for Healthy Kids state teams. The mission of North Carolina Action for Healthy Kids is to improve children's nutrition and physical activity in schools by collaborating with diverse stakeholders in advocating, promoting and implementing national and state initiatives.


N.C. Healthy Schools
North Carolina Healthy Schools, a partnership of the N.C. Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the N.C. Division of Public Health, focuses on improving the health of students and staff by providing coordination and resources in eight component areas of school health: comprehensive school health education, school health services, a safe physical environment, school counseling, psychological and social services, physical education, nutrition services, school-site health promotion for staff, and family and community involvement in schools.


N.C. Legislative Task Force on Childhood Obesity
The North Carolina General Assembly convened a Task Force to study issues relating to childhood obesity and to recommend strategies for addressing the problem of childhood obesity and encouraging healthy eating and increased physical activity among children. The final report explains the charge of the Task Force, summarizes the meeting proceedings, and lists the findings and recommendations.


School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
The School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) establish a foundation for developing, implementing, and evaluating school-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices for students.


Spot the Block
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Cartoon Network have launched “Spot the Block”, a public education campaign to encourage tweens (ages 9-13) to use the Nutrition Facts information on food labels.  The interactive Web site gives tweens the opportunity to explore information about serving sizes, calories and nutrient selection.


The Super Kids Web site features tips for eating healthy and being active, a fruit and vegetable encyclopedia, kid’s cookbook, games, and more. The section for parents includes the latest in nutrition research, serving size guidelines, fruit and vegetable nutrition facts, and tips for encouraging children to eat more fruits and vegetables.  The section for teachers includes fun lesson plans, activities and games to teach students about the importance of fruits and vegetables.


We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition)
We Can! is a national program designed as a one-stop resource for parents and caregivers interested in practical tools to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight. Tips and fun activities offered to parents, health care providers, and community groups focus on three critical behaviors: improved food choices, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time.

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