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Educational Materials

The mission of the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) is to provide individuals, families, and communities with the knowledge and skills to manage their food resources effectively and enjoy healthy foods, and physical activities for longer and more fulfilling lives. Our materials are designed to promote healthy and active lifestyles.

These publications contribute toward this mission by helping individuals and families apply the principles of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Choose MyPlate in their daily lives.  The materials were developed for families and communities who participate in the Nutrition Education Program.

Food Explorer Posters

Below is a series of posters featuring a different fruit or vegetable each month. The goal of the monthly posters is to encourage the consumption of fruits and vegetables by increasing students' exposure to different produce and building excitement around school meals.

Series 1 features the following 12 fruits and vegetables:

Apples and Cranberries, Carrots, Green Beans, Greens, Oranges, Peaches and Nectarines, Pears, Strawberries, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Winter Squash, Zucchini

Food Explorer Posters Series 1

Series 2

Asparagus Poster

Banana Poster

Bell Peppers Poster

Blueberries Poster

Broccoli Poster

Cabbage Poster

Cantaloupe Poster

Cucumber Poster

Eggplant Poster

Peas Poster

Pumpkin Poster

Spinach Poster

Series 3 features the following 12 fruits and vegetables: 

Arugula, Beets, Celery, Fresh Herbs, Garlic, Hot Peppers, Onions, Plantains, Plums, Radishes, Turnips, Watermelon

Food Explorer Posters Series 3

Parent Newsletters

Show Me Nutrition is a nutrition curriculum, developed by the University of Missouri, which focuses on healthy eating and an active lifestyle. The Parent Newsletters are designed for parents and caregivers to support learning about healthy messages. They were adapted with permission from the University of Missouri Extension and are available in English and Spanish.

Jump-start your Brain with Breakfast

Choose MyPlate

Focus on Fruits

Veggies are Fun

Make Half your Grains Whole

Protein Foods

Calcium: It's Not Just for Kids

Grains, Fruits and Vegetables

Grains, Fruits and Vegetables

Checking the Nutrition Facts Label

Pump Up Health when Dining Out

Healthy and East to Prepare Snacks

Try a New Activity and Limit Screen Time

Making Food Safety the Easy Choice

Healthy Body Image

Nutrition Bites Recipes

Turkey Chili with Pasta

Berry Yogurt Crunch


Discover MyPlate Lessons

This is a series of 4 lessons recommended for elementary school age children. They are designed for parents to use when teaching their children at home but could be adapted for the classroom. 

MyPlate Character Cards

MyPlate Character Cards - Spanish

MyPlate Graphic 

MiPlato Spanish

Fruits and Vegetables Color Shield

Discover MyPlate Lesson 1

Discover MyPlate Lesson 1 - Spanish

Discover MyPlate - Whole Grains - Lesson 2

Discover MyPlate - Whole Grains - Lesson 2 - Spanish

Discover MyPlate - Fruits and Vegetables - Lesson 3

Discover MyPlate - Fruits and Vegetables - Lesson 3 - Spanish

Discover MyPlate - Protein and Dairy Lesson 4

Discover MyPlate - Protein and Dairy Lesson 4 - Spanish


Taste a Rainbow Lesson and Worksheets

Taste a Rainbow is a lesson designed for children in Pre-K and Kindergarten. It promotes the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, recipes and food safety best practices.  A taste-testing activity walks the children through an exercise about using their senses when trying new fruits and vegetables and coloring worksheets reinforce the 5 food groups and their rainbow of colors.  

Taste a Rainbow Lesson Guide

Food Safety and Healthy Eating Tips

Health Benefits, Activities and Recipes

Taste a Rainbow Green Worksheet

Taste a Rainbow Orange Worksheet

Taste a Rainbow Purple_blue Worksheet

Taste a Rainbow Red Worksheet

Taste a Rainbow Yellow Worksheet

Taste Testing Form