The Health Educator’s Nutrition Toolkit is designed to help health educators, dietitians, physicians, other health care and nutrition professionals, social workers, youth counselors, and program directors teach consumers about the Nutrition Facts label and how to use the information it provides to make healthier food choices. The Toolkit offers a wide range of resources, including realistic tips on how to shop for and prepare food as well as order food when eating out to build a healthy diet.
The Toolkit includes:
- An introductory guide with information on how to use the toolkit (for health educators) (PDF - 1MB)
- Four handouts:
- Tip Sheet #1: Tips for Making Healthy Choices While Food Shopping (PDF - 15545KB)
- Tip Sheet #2: Tips for Bringing Nutrition into Your Home (PDF - 545KB)
- Tip Sheet #3: Tips for Making Healthy Choices When Eating Out (PDF - 409KB)
- Tip Card: Quick Tips for Reading the Nutrition Facts label (PDF - 273KB)
- A PowerPoint presentation, including notes, split into two sections – “Understanding the Nutrition Facts label” and “Bringing Nutrition Into Your Daily Life” (PPT - 43.4MB)
- Evaluation tools: a pre-test (DOC - 75KB) /post-test (DOC - 76KB) (10-15 questions) to accompany the PowerPoint presentation
- An infographic with tips on using the Nutrition Facts label and MyPlate when planning, shopping, cooking, and eating (PDF - 823KB)
Sample social media posts with nutrition education messages and graphics
Share the social media messages and graphics below to encourage your audience to make healthier choices at home and while dining out.
DYK Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home? Use these tips from @FDAFood to make healthier food and beverage choices while dining out. www.fda.gov/media/131159/download
Healthy cooking and eating starts at the grocery store. Make healthy food purchases by reading the Nutrition Facts label. Here’s what to look for: www.fda.gov/media/131160/download.
Even small shifts to healthier food options can add up to healthy lifelong changes. Learn how: www.fda.gov/media/131191/download.
Commit to healthier choices at home and while dining out. Here are some tips from @FDAFood to help! www.fda.gov/media/131159/download.
Is grocery shopping on your to-do list? Bring @FDAFood’s Tip Card with you to help you make healthy choices www.fda.gov/media/131162/download.
Sample Facebook Posts
Looking up nutrition information BEFORE you dine out can help you make healthier choices away from home. Check restaurant websites, phone apps, and menus. Once you have the nutrition information, choose items lower in calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, and added sugars. www.fda.gov/media/131159/download.
Did you know Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home? Use these 3 tips to help you make healthier choices while dining out: www.fda.gov/media/131159/download.
Take time to choose healthy options, whether you are food shopping, cooking or eating out. Even small shifts to healthier options can add up to healthy lifelong changes. www.fda.gov/media/131160/download.
Shop smart! Read the Nutrition Facts label when food shopping to make healthier choices for you and your family. www.fda.gov/media/131160/download.
FDA has additional Nutrition Education Resources and Materials for a variety of audiences, which can be used along with the Toolkit for planning and conducting nutrition education programs and individual instruction.