Nutrition Education

Part of the mission of LCPS School Nutrition Services is to empower students to develop life-long behaviors in selecting nutritious foods. In order to do so, students, along with the community they are surrounded by, need to be well informed on the topics of nutrition and overall wellness. Our central office team has over 250 years of combined experience and serves as a great resource for providing nutrition and health education in our district.

Nutrition Education in the Classroom

School Nutrition offers nutrition education classes to Loudoun County Public Schools teachers in grades K-12. Classes are designed for each grade level and range from 30 minutes to 1 hour on average. Our team also works closely with teachers to collaborate on a variety of project-based learning programs.

Nutrition Education for Parents and the Community

Our team loves getting to know our parents and community partners. We are happy to come out to speak at PTO/PTA meetings, events and other activities on a variety of topics. If you are interested in having someone from School Nutrition speak to your school community, please contact Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org

Harvest of the Month

Each month, a new seasonal fruit or vegetable is served to all students at no cost during lunch. This promotion is known as Taste It Thursday in our elementary schools and Fear Factor Friday in our middle and high schools. This is open to every child in LCPS and does not require the purchase of a meal to participate. Teachers can visit Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom to download lesson plans, recipe ideas and activities incorporating the feature monthly item.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Taste It Thursday/Fear Factor Friday calendar 2019-2020

Nutrition Education Curricula

  • MyPlate Curriculum
    • Developed by Team Nutrition (an initiative by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service), these inquiry-based nutrition education lessons teach the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and hands-on activities.  Printed materials are available to teachers whose schools participate in at least one of USDA’s Child Nutrition programs (therefore all teachers in LCPS are eligible to order materials for free).
  • Big Ideas Curriculum
    • Developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy and National Geographic in California, this K-12 curriculum identifies key concepts that link food, culture, health, and the environment.  Lessons are aligned to: Common Core; Science; College, Career, and Civic Life Standards; National Health Education Standards; and Nutrition Competencies. While this curriculum highlights California standards, teachers will be able to easily translate to those SOL standards they wish to achieve.
  • "No-Cook" Cooking Activities
    • Our team will come into the classroom or garden for a fun and interactive nutrition and/or cooking lesson.  A FREE resource for LCPS teachers, the mobile carts include mixing bowls, cutting boards, knives, and our smoothie blender bikes (if requested), etc.  Create delicious recipes with your students such as smoothies, salsas, and more!

      To book a "no-cook" activity for your school or classroom, please contact Stefanie Dove at stefanie.dove@lcps.org.  Send an email two weeks in advance with your name, school name, number of students, items being harvested and desired dates for check-out.