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Nutrition Education

Nutrition education and the promotion of healthy eating behaviors and lifestyles are essential to students’ health, well-being, and educational success.  Healthy, well-nourished students are better able to reach their full academic and physical potential, are absent less often, and have higher test scores.  Through education, Wisconsin students can become empowered to choose healthy lifestyle behaviors to help them excel in all their endeavors.

The Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Nutrition provides guidance to students, parents, educators, administrators, policy makers and the community to support state and local school district nutrition education efforts. These standards set an expectation of skills and knowledge that should be acquired by the end of fourth, eighth and twelfth grades. As with other Wisconsin Model academic standards, each subject is divided into content standards that tell what students should know and be able to do. Each subject is also divided into performance standards that identify how students will show they meet the content standards.

Nutrition Standards Review Process 

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising academic standards. The process began with a Notice of Intent to review and a month-long public comment period which began on July 13, 2021. The State Superintendent’s Academic Standards Review Council examined those comments and recommended to revise the standards. The State Superintendent authorized the writing of new Wisconsin Academic Standards for Nutrition.

The writing committee has developed a draft of the new standards. The first draft was released on January 24, 2022, for a public review and provided to the education committees of the legislature. After the 30-day comment period ends, the State Superintendent’s Academic Standards Review Council will provide further review. The State Superintendent then determines adoption of the standards.

Nutrition Standards Review Council


DPI Liaisons

  • Kara Ignasiak - Nutrition Education Consultant

  • Kelly Williams - Nutrition Education Consultant


  • Laura Rowell - School Nutrition Director

  • Morgan Peaden - FoodWIse Nutrition Education Program Specialist

Council Members

Jenni Dreyer - Registered Dietitian

Mike Gasper - School Nutrition Director

Roger King - Agriscience Education

Amy Korth - healthTIDE Director

Katelyn Lasse - Registered Nurse

Diana Lehnherr - Family and Consumer Science Educator

Janeth Orozco - FoodWIse Educator

Kerry Peterson - Department Chair/Associate Professor

Ashley Riley - Physical Education/Wellness Coordinator

Sarah Tomasiewicz - School Nutrition Director

Available K-12 Curriculum Resources

Nutritious, Delicious, Wisconsin: Connecting Nutrition Education and Local Foods image

Nutritious, Delicious, Wisconsin: Connecting Nutrition Education and Local Foods is a curriculum guide to broaden the food experiences of Wisconsin students and provide another aspect to learning nutrition as part of the study of our great state. There is also a poster to accompany the curriculum guide. 
Got Veggies? image Got Veggies? is an education curriculum guide developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health to assist schools in implementing garden-based education.  The Got Dirt? Garden Toolkit is a resource designed to assist with the implementation of school, community, and child care gardens.
Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum image

Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum is a collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. The curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using MyPlate and a variety of hands–on activities. 

	 The Great Garden Detective Adventure: A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum image

The Great Garden Detective Adventure: A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4 is an eleven-lesson curriculum guide that includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.

Dig In! curriculum image

Dig In! is a curriculum guide that uses ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables

USDA Team Nutrition logo

A comprehensive listing of all the resources available through USDA Team Nutrition can be found at the Resource Library.


Additional resources are available at Promoting Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Schools.