Single Session Nutrition Education Classes

These one time classes are based on USDA's "10 Tips Nutrition Education Series" and are designed to provide participants with high quality, easy-to-follow tips to improve their health and nutrition.
Classes can be held in a variety of settings and can be tailored to any age group.
Each class includes a food demonstration and sampling paired with educational materials and an interactive lesson.
In these lessons, participants will:
Lesson #1 – Tips for Kitchen Safety: Learn skills for proper hand washing and handling kitchen tools.
Lesson #2 – Food Safety: Learn skills for safe food handling practices to prevent foodborne illnesses.
Lesson #3 – Choose MyPlate: Learn how they can make simple changes for a healthy plate.
Lesson #4 – Make Half Your Grains Whole: Be able to identify whole grains and how to read the Nutrition Facts label.
Lesson #5 – Focus on Fruits: How to include fresh, frozen, canned and dried fruits into their daily food choices.
Lesson #6 – Vary Your Veggies: How to include fresh, frozen and canned vegetables into their daily food choices.
Lesson #7 – Switch to Low-fat and Non-fat Dairy Products: How to include low fat and non-fat dairy products in their daily food choices.
Lesson #8 – USDA Eat Right When Money’s Tight: Learn cost-saving tips for grocery shopping and menu planning to stay within a budget.
Lesson #9 – Growing Goodness: Learn basic tips for growing their own fruits or vegetables by container gardening.
Lesson #10 – Choosing Fruits & Vegetables In-Season: Learn to choose fruits and vegetables in-season in Maine for improved nutrition and saving money.
Lesson #11 – Better Beverage Choices: Learn the importance and benefits of drinking water and low fat dairy products, and learn skills to identify better beverage choices by reading Nutrition Facts labels.
Lesson #12 – Make Celebrations Fun Healthy and Active: Learn how to choose and make recipes healthier and add physical activity to group celebrations.
All lessons are based on USDA's MyPlate model and encourage:
  • Making half your plate fruits and vegetables,
  • At least half your grains whole grains,
  • Switching to fat-free or low-fat milk products;
  • Increasing physical activity and reducing the time spent in sedentary behaviors as part of a healthy lifestyle; and
  • Maintaining appropriate caloric balance during each stage of life -childhood, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and older age.