Healthy Eating

Support healthy eating by using these resources in the classroom and check out the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners! The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is a nationwide recipe contest for kids ages 8-12 that promotes cooking and healthy eating. Winners representing all U.S. states, four territories, and the District of Columbia attended a Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama on July 14, 2016.

The media resources here also feature the winners of the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, as they share what they learned with their families and communities.

  • Food Justice

    Urban high school students discuss problems in food systems and what can be done about them in this adaptation of a video they created in collaboration with the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island. They discuss lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables in urban areas; the high cost of healthy food compared to cheap and abundant junk food; the lack of food grown locally; and animal cruelty. The students offer solutions to these problems, such as urban gardening, buying local food at farmers markets, composting, recycling, and tree planting.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Cooking with Bill Nye: Dependent and Independent Variables

    Making dinner become a math challenge and science experiment with Bill Nye. This interactive exercise focuses on using what you know about dependent and independent variables to make a prediction about whether boiling water with the lid on or off the pot is a better choice and then requires completing the table to see if your prediction was accurate.

    This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School collection.

    Grades: 6-8