About Choose Healthy

Choose Healthy is a 4-week program to help young teenagers understand the basics of healthy eating and wellness. The goals of Choose Healthy are:

  • Increase intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products
  • Reduce intake of oversized portions and sugary drinks
  • Increase awareness of nutrient content in foods
  • Increase time spent being physically active

Each of the 4 sessions is designed to last 45-60 minutes. Each session can be customized to best fit the needs of the groups. The curriculum follows the 4-As structure – anchor, add, apply, and away – to discuss MyPlate, energy balance, making healthy food choices, and healthy hydration. There are also recipes that go with each session.

The program is delivered by Extension agents.

Program Components

  • 4 lessons with options for activities and recipes
  • Student booklets

To host a program with food demonstrations, schools will need to provide the following:

  • Cups
  • Plates, bowls
  • Napkins
  • Plastic forks/spoons
  • Cooler
  • Ziploc bags or plastic containers
  • Posters (sugar shockers) and food models (optional)

Alignment with TEKS

A full summary of the TEKS by lesson is included in the curriculum. Below, the TEKS are highlighted for each grade level.

6th Grade: Link to 6th Grade TEKS

7th Grade: Link to 7th Grade TEKS

8th Grade: Link to 8th Grade TEKS

Additional Resources

Interested educators should connect with their county AgriLife Extension office for more information. Find their contact information here: https://counties.agrilife.org/