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DINE provides nutrition education in many elementary schools throughout Durham County. Programming varies from school to school and includes thefollowing:

Custom designed nutrition curriculum

The core component of DINE Elementary school program is a 5-7 lesson curriculum custom-designed to meet needs of the Durham community. The curriculum includes five different grade-appropriate curricula based on the dietary guidelines and MyPlate.

Lessons may include:

  • Taste Tests: Offered with the goal of introducing students to new, healthy foods.
  • Educational reinforcements: Items such as calculators, pencils, and magnets given to students to reinforce messages taught during lessons.
  • Student/Parent handouts: Information, recipes, and activity sheets distributed to parents and students to reinforce lesson messages.
  • Cooking labs: One of the best ways to get children excited about healthy eating is to teach them to cook. These classes incorporate nutrition, cooking, and harvesting from the garden to provide students with skills and knowledge to last a lifetime.

Check out our curriculum under the Resources tab.

Disclaimer: The curriculum is available to the public, but it is highly recommended that it be taught only by Registered Dietitians, recognized experts in the field of nutrition. While the lessons may seem simple and self explanatory, questions that arise during lessons should be addressed by a trained professional to provide participants with the most accurate and up-to-date nutrition information.

Afterschool Programs

DINE afterschool programming varies from school to school, but includes nutrition education, physical activity, and often a taste test. Check out our Afterschool Toolkits under the Resources Tab.

School Wellness Programs

DINE nutritionists are involved in school wellness activities such as serving on school wellness committees, collaborating with parents and staff, promoting the school wellness policy, presenting at PTA meetings, attending school-wide events, and just making healthy eating “cool.”