MyPlate Snack Tips
Check out these tips to help children get the nutrients needed to grow & maintain a healthy weight and help you stay on track with your healthy eating resolutions in 2016!
The People's Garden Initiative
This Initiative works across USDA and with partners to start and sustain school gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects in rural and urban areas with the mission of growing healthy food, people and communities.
School snacks just got healthier!
This info graphic shows how school snack choices have fewer "empty" calories than in the past.
Snacks that Count Cookbook
With over 30 fun, healthy and delicious snack recipes with names like Octopus Bubbles and Cheesy Critters, you are sure to find several winners with your kids!
How You Can Support Smart Snacks in School
Learn how to support healthy snacks in your child's school.
Move More! Poster
This poster gives some great ideas for getting 60 minutes of physical activity every day!
School Lunch is Better than Ever!
New nutrition standards for schools increase access to healthy food and encourage kids to make smart choices.
Be a Healthy Role Model for Children
They learn from watching you--eat healthy and be active, and your kids will too!
Be an Active Family
Being active as a family can benefit everyone. Adults need 2½ hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day. Check out these tips to add more activity to your family’s busy schedule.
New York State Parks website
Now is the time to get out with your family and friends, and enjoy the beauty and fun in Finger Lakes State Parks! This website will help you find a NYS Park near you!
New York City kids share why they like water!
Watch these young New Yorkers reveal the benefits of drinking New York City tap water.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Youth
What's the recommendations for physical activity for kids? Find out here!
CCE-Tompkins' Resource Guide for School, Community and Home Gardens
This guide has everything you need to know to start a community, school or home garden.
June/July Print Newsletter
Now that summer is here and we are outside more, try these tips for quenching your thirst and your kids' thirst.
Kids in the Kitchen
See how easy it is to get your kids cooking in the kitchen with this 1 minute video!
How much sugar is in that soda you're drinking?
Hey, kids, do you know how much sugar is in the sugary beverages you're drinking all year? More than you'd imagine. Check out this video to learn more!
Encouraging Kids to Make Healthy Food Choices
Are you wondering how to encourage young children in your life to make healthier food choices? This handout will show you how!
Build Healthy Mealtime Habits
10 simple tips you can try today to make mealtime healthy & enjoyable.
Blast Off Game
Stock your rocket ship with all the food and physical activity you need for a successful trip to outer space!
Choose My Plate (Spanish)
Use las ideas de ésta lista para balancear las calorías, elegir los alimentos que le conviene comer con mayor frecuencia y reducir la cantidad de alimentos que le conviene comer con menos frecuencia!
Choose My Plate (English)
Check out these great ideas to balance your calories, to choose foods to eat more often, and to cut back on foods to eat less often!
This resources gives you the information you need to help improve students health through fun activities while still meeting your schools needs.
Quick Juice Tip
Depending on age, children can drink ½ to 1 cup, and adults can drink up to 1 cup of 100% fruit or vegetable juice each day.
Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York School Garden Video (3 min version)
Are you interested in starting or improving a garden at your school? Watch this quick 3 minute video to find out what Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York can do to support your efforts!
Use EBT/SNAP, WIC and Farmers Market checks at Farmers Market
This video gives you tips to reduce your costs for fresh fruits and vegetables at the local Farmers Market, using your SNAP, WIC checks or Farmers Market Nutrition Checks
Guide to You Pick Farms in the Finger Lakes
Looking for a fun activity for you and your family? Try picking produce at a "you pick" farm!
Farm to School Planning Toolkit
The Farm to School Toolkit guides you through the process of creating a Farm to School Program and provides useful tips and tricks to reference.
Create Your Family Media Plan
How much screen time is healthy for you and your family? This tool will help you create a personalized family media use plan.
Let's Move Active Schools
Active kids do better in school. But how do we ensure that kids get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day? Make 60 minutes of physical activity a day the norm in K-12 schools. Let’s Move! Active Schools equips schools with the resources and tools to increase physical education and physical activity opportunities for students, and to cultivate an Active School environment.
Kid Friendly Veggies and Fruits (Spanish)
Para animar a los niños a comer vegetales y frutas, hágalas divertidas.
Set the stage for healthy eating in your household
Listen to one mom's tips and tricks for helping her kids learn to enjoy healthy foods.
American Heart Month 2017: Change Starts with a Heart-to-Heart
For American Heart Month 2017, Million Hearts® is calling on younger Americans to spread prevention messages. We believe young adults have the power to engage their parents in crucial conversations about heart disease prevention that can result in heart-healthy behavior changes.
Smarter Lunchrooms use easy no-cost and low-cost changes to encourage students to select, eat, and enjoy healthier foods in school without eliminating their choice. Click here to learn more.
This brochure describes the CATCH Program, a school based program that transforms children’s health by improving their nutrition, level of physical activity, classroom environment, and community.
Preschooler Growth Charts
Put your toddler's length and weight into this calculator, and see how your child is growing!
Body Mass Index Calculator for Youth and Adults
Use this tool to track your child's growth, and to calculate your own body mass index (BMI). A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. To determine if a high BMI is a health risk, a healthcare provider would need to perform further assessments. These assessments might include evaluations of diet, physical activity, family history, and other screening tests.
Grow It, Try It, Like It!
Free garden-themed nutrition lesson plans and hands-on activities for preschool age youth.
The Great Garden Detective
Discover what fruits and vegetables are sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home. This eleven-lesson curriculum is for 3rd and 4th graders.
Get Growing with Cornell!
This website has loads of information on planting a school or community garden!
Fruit, Veggie Swag Rap
Do you have a minute for an active break? This you tube video will have you up and dancing!
Fruit & Veggie Color Champions - Games & Fun!
A collection of fun games for kids, ages 2-5 and 6-8, to learn more about fruits & veggies.
Farm to School: Videos and Webinars
The two webinar series, Healthy Habits Take Root and Growing Roots in Farm to School, are great for learning skills on how to incorporate local foods into your school. They also supply strategies to engage the children and community in the Farm to School project.
Farm to School: Getting Started
Develop a lasting farm to school program in your community with some simple first steps.
Farm to School Census
The Farm to School census data shares information about what 4,322 districts are doing to bring the farm to their schools.
Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York School Garden Video (8 min version)
Are you interested in starting or improving a garden at your school? Watch this 8 minute video to find out what Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York can do to support your efforts and hear some of our success stories!
CDC's Healthy Schools Initiative
What can you do to make your child's school more supportive of healthy eating and physical activity for students? This website has lots of ideas to develop a school environment that encourages healthy lifestyles for students!
Build a Healthy Plate With Vegetables - for CACFP providers
Here are some great ways to offer vegetables at meals and snacks in child care settings such as schools and Head Start.
Build a Healthy Plate With Fruits, for CACFP Providers
Here are some great ways to offer fruit at meals and snacks in child care settings such as schools and Head Start.
3 Ways to Improve Kids' Food Choices at School
Learn 3 low cost ways the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement can improve kids’ food choices at school
It's all about Broccoli: Find out how to purchase and store broccoli, and learn quick, easy and low cost ways to prepare this nutrient rich family favorite!
Best Bones Forever for Girls
This website has lots of fun stuff to show you how to build strong bones!
Best Bones Forever Dance Routine
Learn the moves for the Best Bones Forever dance routine, then start dancing!
Slow Food USA's School Garden Guide
This comprehensive “how-to” guide offers a clear roadmap for developing a successful school garden program in any community.
The People's Garden: Healthy Gardens Healthy Youth Toolkit and Research Results
The Healthy Gardens Healthy Youth Educational Toolkit
School Garden Wizard
Are you thinking about starting a school garden? This website will provide information on all aspects of planning a school garden!
Lunchroom Makeover Guide
This step-by-step guide assists school leaders in implementing healthy lunchroom changes in schools.