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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.

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

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 Notes to Go

Below is a 12-month series of nutrition educational materials designed for parents. They feature various topics and include what produce is in season, a healthy recipe and physical activity ideas for families to enjoy.

January (Snacks)

February (Tips For Saving Money)

March (Make Your Food Dollars Count)

April (Power Up With Breakfast)

May (The Fresh Tastes of Spring)

June (Keep It Safe)

July (Produce At Its Peak)

August (Go For Whole Grains)

September (Munch A Better Lunch)

October (Strong Bones For All Ages)

November (Here Come The Holidays)

December (Rewards For Kids)