UCCE CalFresh Nutrition Education Program - Yolo
University of California
UCCE CalFresh Nutrition Education Program - Yolo

Youth Nutrition Curriculum

The University of California Youth Nutrition Education program helps teachers and educators incorporate nutrition and physical education activities in the classroom by using age-appropriate curriculum developed by the University of California. The curriculum has been designed to support the common core, and has won national awards.

We want your students to be healthier and to perform better in school!
Here at the UC Cooperative Extension program, we know how hard it is to cover Common Core. Teach nutrition on top of math and reading?? No way!
Teach nutrition along with math and reading. Now you're talking! Achieve Common Core and at the same time, educate students about how to stay healthy!

Check out how our programs correlate to the California Content Standards below!

Happy Healthy Me Standards
Happy Healthy Me Standards for Supplemental Materials

Early Elementary:

EatFit Standards Brochure

If more than 50% of your students qualify to receive free or reduced price lunches, you get all of the materials for free!  Otherwise, some of the materials can be purchased from the UC ANR Catalog.

The Curricula We Use in Yolo County:


Happy Healthy Me - (Preschool to Kindergarten)
Helps children become aware of food and nutrition by reading storybooks with food-related themes and using hands-on nutrition education and physical activities.




Discover MyPlate 
My Amazing Body


TWIGS - (Kindergarten to Sixth Grades)

TWIGS focuses on gardening and how the foods we grow are used in our bodies as building blocks and as energy providers.  Students are given the tools to plant and care for a garden.  This curriculum is flexible, and the lessons can easily be used in a classroom, after-school program, or club.

Harvest of the Month program


Serving Up MyPlate-(First to Sixth grades)
"Serving Up MyPlate" is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.

UP4It - Upper Elementary Activity Guides
For more information, click HERE.


Power Play! - (Fourth and Fifth Grade)
Encourages students to eat fruits and vegetables every day and gives creative ways for the students to successfully do so.  Power Play! is designed for maximum learning using integrative and fun activities, and taste-testing to hold the interest of this age group.

Nutrition to Grow On - (Fourth to Sixth Grades)
Offers teachers a direct link between the garden and nutrition education.  This multi-disciplinary curriculum enriches students' capabilities for observation and thinking, and encourages them to develop a wide range of skills.

Choice, Control, and Change - (Middle School to High School)
Set of five units in which students learn about factors affecting weight and health including personal behaviors, the environment, and biology.  The curriculum assists students in examining their personal food choices and preferences, their food environment, lifestyle related diseases, and analyzing results using scientific reasoning.  Finally, they apply what they have learned by making personal decisions related to their diet, physical activity, and overall health.


EatFit image

EatFit - (Middle School to High School)
Designed to improve the eating and fitness choices of teenagers.  Lessons include nutrition basics, web-based diet analysis, information about energy and calories, label reading, exercise, fast food, breakfast, and media influences.  

hunger attack

Money Talks: Should I Be Listening? (High School)Investigate how the food you choose affects the amount of money you spend and your health. Calculate how much money you spend on food, explore motives for your food choices, examine the nutritional quality of the food you buy, and identify easy ways to make healthier, lower cost food choices.

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