Blog from the Hart

Fruit & Veggie Game Pack

Welcome to the Fruit & Veggie Game Pack!One of the best things that any person can do to improve their overall well-being is eat more fruits and vegetables. I created this game pack to give teachers easy to use resources to help kids get excited about fruits and vegetables! I mixed together the ingredients for…

Getting To Know You Fortune Tellers

It’s back-to-school time! I have so many memories about back-to-school time – as a student myself, as well as being a parent of two. In fact, my family is preparing for back-to-school time right now. There is the excitement of shopping for backpacks and school supplies, and picking just the right outfit for the first…

Go, Slow, Whoa with Lil Sugar

Happy National Nutrition Month! I am so excited to tell you about a new partnership and project that I’ve been working on with Hip Hop Public Health and OPEN! If you’ve been following my work for any length of time, you know that I believe nutrition education can be fun! In fact, it’s better if it’s fun!…

American Heart Month Nutrition Education Resources

Happy American Heart Month! When you think of hearts in February, you might be thinking about candy hearts and valentines. But did you know that February is American Heart Month? For over 50 years, dietitians, other health professionals, and national organizations have been taking time in February to spread the word about heart disease and…

Tom Turkey’s Shopping List

Normalize Healthy Eating, Get a Physical Activity Break, Learn Math w/Money Thanksgiving time is such an important opportunity for children to enjoy seasonal vegetables and fruits while celebrating a wonderful meal with family. Thanksgiving is not an appropriate time to say that one food is good and another food is bad. Food is an important…

Nutrition as Self-care Part 2: Hydration

Last month I introduced the idea of nutrition as a form of self-care, Today I’d like to talk about another aspect of nutrition to think of as self-care: hydration. I’m sure you know it’s important to be hydrated, but many people only think about it when they’re sick, exercising, or when it’s hot out and…

Self-Care Pumpkin Patch

We aren’t born with the ability to practice self-care. Human babies, of course, must have others to take care of all of their needs. As children get older and learn to take care of basic tasks, they start to learn self-care. Some tasks will likely be learned at home, like cleaning their bodies, brushing their…

Pumpkin & Squash Movement Cubes

My Apple Movement Cubes were super popular and quickly gained hundreds of downloads. So, I thought everyone might enjoy a little October fun with these Pumpkin and Squash Movement Cubes. Pumpkins and squash represent the Fall harvest and October fun. This packet features a cast of skeletons performing balance boosts as well as Pumpkin &…

Nutrition as Self-Care Part 1

One more serving of fruits or vegetables each day. Self-care. It’s not a new term, but it’s one that we have been hearing a lot over the past few years. What do you think of when you hear the term self-care? Bubble baths and going to the spa? Having a good bedtime routine and getting…

Apple Season Movement Cubes

Back to school means a lot of things. In Central New York it means the start of apple season! We’re lucky to have apple and pear trees in our yard, and they’re the inspiration for this month’s free teacher resources. Movement Cubes are print, cut, glue and fold tools that can be used in so…

Rock-It Fuel™

Rock-It Fuel is a classroom-based nutrition education program designed to help your students understand why fruits and vegetables are so good for their bodies and encourage them to eat them every day.

Triple Melon Salad Decoder

MyPlate Decoders are the top download on NutritionFromTheHart.com. Triple Melon Salad is the most requested summer food in my house! So, I thought I’d put both of those top requests into a new fresh-for-summer activity update! TRIPLE MELON SALAD DECODER FILE LINKSDecoder Activity Pages [Google Slides, PPT, PDF] If you’re new to my decoders, you…

Help launch my new on-demand training platform!

I’m so excited to let you know that my first nutrition education course is now live! During the past few months, I’ve been working tirelessly to prepare this course to help you understand the why and how of nutrition education. This course answers these 2 essential questions: Why is nutrition education important for elementary school…

Food Group Trivia Time (for upper grades)

This month I wanted to provide you with a fun nutrition education activity that can be used in the upper grades. Food Group Trivia Time can be used with students in Intermediate, Middle School and High School classes. (Watch the YouTube Video Walk Through) I realize that the main educational outcomes for this activity are…

Rainbow Food Activities for March

Did you know that it’s National Nutrition Month? It’s also the month of rainbows! Thanks to St. Patrick’s Day, March is the time when we start to see colorful symbols of spring, good luck, and yes – healthy eating! This month I’m bringing you two new Rainbow Food Activities to help teach students the importance…

Fruit & Veggie Valentines

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. It’s such a fun holiday, and of course, I love all of the hearts associated with this day! When my kids were little, I had so much fun helping them make valentines for their friends. One of the underlying goals of Nutrition From the Hart is…

MyPlate Nutrition Education Resources

When it comes to laying a strong foundation for nutrition education, MyPlate will be our starting point. Let’s take a look at how Nutrition From The Hart MyPlate Resources are being built.

Nutrition Education Find-It Games

When my son was little, a lot of our afternoons were spent running his sister around to after-school activities. Whenever possible, I would find a spot for him to run, jump, and burn off some energy. But sometimes that just wasn’t possible. So, I always had a stash of puzzle activities and games to keep…

Nutrition Education BINGO Boards

When my daughter was in primary school, one of her favorite games was Bug BINGO. She loved potato bugs, lady bugs, and worms (her favorite). She was a well-behaved student and never caused trouble in school, except for the day she chased a boy in the schoolyard with a handful of worms. I remember hearing…

Recipes from the Hart

Today I’m doing something that has been decades in the making – sharing my recipes with the world. I first started creating recipes when I was a little girl, probably around 7 or 8 years old…

Nutrition Education Fortune Tellers

When my daughter was in primary school, I was lucky enough to be able to spend time in her classroom. She had amazing teachers and every once in a while, they’d ask me to share a nutrition education activity. This was over 12 years ago (before the age of Pinterest) and I happened to see…

Love Your Heart

When most people think of hearts in February, I’m sure they’re thinking of chocolate hearts, candy hearts, and valentines. Like you, I definitely give plenty of thought to those kinds of hearts. But I also think of the other kind of hearts – the ones beating in everyone’s chest. See, February is American Heart Month.…

The 4 B’s of Energized Eating

Raise your hand if you have all the energy you could imagine. Wait…doesn’t anyone out there have all the energy they could want? OK, I’ll fess up – I don’t always have all the energy in the world either. Like you, my life is busy, and I don’t always do all the things I know help me…

Snack Prep

Raise your hand if you ever get “hangry.” You can’t see it, but I assure you mine was the first one up. In fact, I often joke that if you look up hangry in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of me. Maybe breakfast was rushed. A meeting ran over, and lunch was delayed. You…

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