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Missing meals and experiencing hunger impair children’s development and achievement. Hungry children are unable to focus in school, threatening educational success.

The Nevada School Breakfast Coalition is working to increase access to school breakfast meals around the state. Dairy Council of Nevada®, Association of Nevada Food Banks, Nevada Department of Agriculture, school nutrition and Nevada United Way have partnered together to provide funding and develop tools and resources for schools interested in expanding their breakfast programs and increasing participation.

Universal school breakfast is associated with:

Reduced absenteeism

Reduced tardiness

Reduced behavior problems

Reduced nurse’s office visits

Increased standardized test achievement scores

Higher grades

Positive learning environments

Flavored Milk in School Breakfast & Lunch

Flavored milk doesn’t detract from any of its nutritional benefits. It just makes it more delicious! Over 68% of milk offered in schools is flavored, with chocolate winning as the milk of choice. A pilot study at one school district that removed chocolate milk from the menu revealed a decline in total milk sales by almost 10% and a decrease in lunch sales by nearly 8%. Chocolate milk is a delicious way for kids to get the nutrients they need and when it comes to post-workout recovery, chocolate milk rehydrates the body and refuels tired muscles. Check out this infographic for the top 12 benefits of chocolate milk.

Fuel Up to Play with Breakfast Bags

Schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60, with a designated program advisor, may qualify for insulated bag sets that include one 15.5”x15.5”x14” bag, one 16”x16”x6” bag and a cart. These sets are perfect for transporting milk and food items for breakfast in the classroom.

To request these bags please email us.

To view other options and equipment that your school can request, please download our 2018 Nevada School Equipment Catalog [PDF Download].

Interested in something you found in our equipment catalog? If you’re located in northern Nevada, reach out to Libby Lovig by emailing her at llovig@dairycouncilnv.org and if you’re located in southern Nevada, send a message to Jen at jcuozzo@dairycouncilnv.org or Jake at jyarberry@dairycouncilnv.org.

Enhance your Classroom Experience with Nutrition Education Visual Food Models from the National Dairy Council

Head over to National Dairy Council to find food models that can help make teaching nutrition easy and fun. You can find the food model downloads by visiting their page focused on Nutrition Education.

Not interested in downloading and would prefer to receive a Food Model Kit directly? Contact Libby Lovig at llovig@dairycouncilnv.org, we’re happy to send your school the complete package.

Curriculum Kits 

Dairy Council of Nevada® has partnered with Dairy Council of California® to bring NV teachers award winning curriculum packages!

Student workbooks are consumable, so order enough that each child has their own workbook.

Included with all curriculum materials:
Alignment with national educational standards for integration with units on math, social science, health, language arts and physical education.

A behavior-change model that teaches students about healthy eating and physical activity, then encourages changes in attitudes and behaviors.

Family Homework to extend the lessons into the home (available in both English and Spanish.)

Pre-assessment and post-assessments to gauge changes in student knowledge and achievement.

The Dairy Council of California® offers a 30 minute Teacher Training to help you get to prepare you to teach your grade level nutrition curriculum.

Kindergarten: Building a Healthy Me

This kindergarten nutrition education curriculum offers 8 units with fun activities that span 5-15 minutes and fit into a variety of classroom themes.

Teacher Materials include: Teacher Lesson Plan Guide, 2 double-sided posters, Sample Student Workbooks, Food Picture Cards.

Download Quick Start Guide [PDF Download]

Order replacement Student Workbooks

Order Kindergarten Teacher Materials

1st Grade: Healthy Choices, Healthy Me

Use these 8 lessons to build a foundation of healthy habits that will continue for a lifetime.

Teacher Materials include: Teacher Lesson Plan Guide, Food Picture Cards, Sample Student Workbook

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2nd Grade: Healthy Choices, Healthy Me

The lessons in this kit build on the information taught in the first grade. They cover eating balanced breakfasts, snacks and meals, and participating in active play for at least 60 minutes a day.

Teacher Materials include: Teacher Lesson Plan Guide, Market Mystery Storybook, Food Picture Cards, Sample Student Workbook

Download Quick Start Guide [PDF Download]

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3rd Grade: Shaping Up My Choices

Third grade is an essential year to teach students the skills they need to apply problem-solving, reasoning and critical thinking techniques to their food choices.

Teacher Materials Include: Teacher Lesson Plan Guide, Transparencies, Sample Student Workbook

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4th Grade: Nutrition Pathfinders

Students will analyze their own food and activity records to make goals for improvement. Additional teaching aids and resources are at the Dairy Council of California’s website.

Teacher Materials Include: Teacher Lesson Plan Guide, Transparencies, Sample Student Workbook

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5th Grade: Nutrition Pathfinders

Building on the concepts taught in 4th grade, this curriculum emphasizes serving sizes and how to choose healthy options when eating out. Materials from Dairy Council of California® supplement this program.

Teacher Materials Include: Teacher Lesson Plan Guide, Transparencies, Sample Student Workbook

Also included: What’s Normal Poster and lesson plans on body image.

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 Middle School: Exercise Your Options

Upper elementary is a critical time for students to understand and practice healthy eating habits as they are making more decisions on their own each day.

Teacher Materials include: Teacher Guide, PowerPoint Presentations, DVD Resources, Sample Student Workbook

Also included: What’s Normal Poster and lesson plans on body image.

Download Quick Start Guide [PDF Download]

Order Replacement Student Workbooks

Download Middle School Teacher Materials [PDF Download]

High School: Activity and Eating

Help your high school students understand the essential connection between being physically active, making healthful food choices and maintaining long term good health.

Teacher Materials include: DVD with PowerPoint Presentations, Sample Student Workbook.

Also included: What’s Normal Poster and lesson plans on body image.

Download Quick Start Guide [PDF Download]

Order Replacement Student Workbooks

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