The opportunity to share your expertise with a group can be both exciting and create apprehension. What will I present about? How will I keep the group engaged? Do I have time to put the needed resources together?

From corporate/workplace wellness, schools, community groups, health fairs and events, registered dietitians provide group nutrition education in many settings.

This article provides tips and resource recommendations for group nutrition education. From links to presentations, activity guides and complete toolkits, you’ll find inspiration and confidence for your next group event.

 

Nutrition Presentations for Groups

Getting asked to speak to a group about nutrition means creating an outline for your presentation as well as pulling together resources.

Before choosing a topic or creating content, take time to gather information.

Will you have access to audio visual equipment? What types of activities or topics have been successful with this group before? What is the age and demographics of the group?

Gathering information about the audience will help you to create a presentation that is valuable and relevant.

If you do utilize a slide-based presentation, build in interactive elements.

  • Use a quiz to ask the audience their thoughts before covering a specific topic.
  • Consider creating a worksheet that attendees complete during the presentation with key points and their takeaways.
  • Include stories or other real-world examples that help to keep the topic relevant.

Instant Download Presentations on RD2RD

There are many presentations available from RD2RD. These “done-for-you” tools can be used as is, or modified to fit your specific needs. Many include interactive elements.

Browse all presentations for even more options to fit your needs.

Cover the basics of nutrition with a Nutrition 101-style presentation. This modifiable 17-slide presentation includes essential nutrients as well as how to identify reputable information. It includes a goal sheet to help attendees set intentions during the presentation.

For a more comprehensive look at nutrition that would be well suited for a health-conscious group, consider Beyond Broccoli: Best Foods for Health presentation. It includes details about the new food label, gluten and more.

Is your audience keen to learn basics of meal planning and meal prep to save both time and money? Introduce the basics and more with this 64-slide presentation, Getting Started with Meal Planning and Meal Prep. Also a great tool if you offer paid meal plans to communicate the value of the service.

Take a deep dive into the topic of reading food labels. The current food label and claims made on packaging are complex. This 55-slide presentation, Nutrition Labeling: What You Really Need to Know, dispels myths and provides clear information to understand the food label and use it effectively for informed choices.

Looking for a trendy topic? What’s the Big Deal About Gluten is a 38-slide presentation that also includes a quiz to go over with attendees to ensure understanding of key concepts. For a highly visually appealing presentation, this 16-slide presentation, Gluten Friend or Foe is a perfect fit.

For a fitness focused group, this 30-slide general nutrition presentation, Nutrition Basics for Peak Performance covers the essentials. If you want to go beyond nutrition and utilize your fitness credential, the Fitness Myths and Training Truths is engaging, interactive and includes a comprehensive presenter’s guide.

Need a basic presentation about pediatric nutrition? Balanced Eating for Children and Nutrient Needs for Growth is a 33-slide presentation that discusses portion sizes, cutting back on sugar as well as nutrient deficiencies and supplements.

 

Schools and Community Groups

An engaging, learning activity for children can provide valuable nutrition education. Using a hands-on approach with an age-appropriate concept is key to success.

There are many ready-made tools and guides available. You don’t need to develop your own curriculum from scratch. Browse the resources available and choose a tool suited to the age and location of your event.

Preschool and Young Children

The Kid’s Corner is part of Nutrition.gov, a USDA-sponsored website. You’ll find an array of credible resources as well as activity ideas and downloads. Some excellent options are food critic and grocery store bingo.

For a family-friendly activity, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has the Go, Slow, Whoa curriculum. It focuses on helping families recognize foods that are better choices for a healthy body. A complete 70 minute activity with handouts, songs and activities is included.

Even a simple coloring page for young children can be a valuable tool to engage and talk about good for my body nutrients.

These printable characters of fruits and vegetables ABCs are also an excellent teaching tool. From playing a simple game of identifying letters and colors to naming the pictured food, these visually-appealing printables provide a variety of options for nutrition activities. Also available as posters.

Engage in a discussion about the five senses with this worksheet. Use a small assortment of foods and help kids make guesses about foods using sensory elements such as taste, smell and vision. Use blindfold or boxes to make this activity have even more appeal for curious young minds.

For Elementary and Middle School Aged Children

For some inspiration for fun events and activities, the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA has a booklet of ideas. From a food scavenger hunt to a cooking competition, this booklet contains ideas and printable resources needed for the event.

The Eat Like a Superhero toolkit teaches kids to power their bodies with healthy choices. This comprehensive 35-page education kit includes all the tools you need from table tents to handouts and food picture cards.

Looking for a garden-friendly activity for use at school or farmer’s market? This Children’s Harvest activity includes 8 different vegetables, fruits and herbs. The focus is on nutrients each provides, taste, smell and how each can be used in recipes.

Teach kids and parents how to pack a healthy lunch with Lunchbox Lessons. This activity is perfect for groups that require a kid-friendly activity. Kids get involved with cutting and pasting items to create a healthy lunchbox. The included lunchbox checklist is a perfect takeaway for parents.

For a creative approach, this doodle note combines education with an artistic element. Teach about the various edible parts of a plant while kids color the parts according to the lesson. Includes discussion points as well as an answer key.

For middle-schoolers (5-6th grade), these nutrient knowledge flash cards can be a great classroom activity. Pair kids up or work in small groups to get the entire class participating.

High-School Aged

Tackle the topic of sugar-sweetened beverages. This Sugar Wars, Become a Sugar Jedi toolkit helps kids discover the amount of sugar in commonly consumed drinks. The education kit includes vocabulary cards, drink labels, estimation, calculation, and graphing activities. It also features a bonus, matching game.

Teach the 6 classes of nutrients with a twist. This doodle note allows learners to individualize their experience while gaining understanding of how nutrients work in the body. This doodle approach is a good fit for both kids and adults.

Sports Nutrition For the Student Athlete is a 25-slide presentation ideal for those that want to learn to fuel for the big game. Includes an icebreaker and is designed to foster conversation and questions, but also have a structure for learning. A handout is available to provide to students.

 

Community Events & Health Fairs

If you’ve decided to participate with a table or booth at a local event, including a nutrition activity is a smart choice. It draws traffic to your business and creates a fun environment to spark conversation and create potential leads.

Choose an activity that resonates with the target audience. From a cooking demo to an interactive, build a balanced plate display or guess the portion size, choose an activity that will appeal to attendees and match your expertise.

Be sure to have a convenient way for attendees to sign-up to receive more information from you after the event. This could be as simple as a paper signup sheet to receive your newsletter or a tablet for electronic entry.

This comprehensive Health Fair Toolkit includes all the tools you need for a successful table and event. Includes a test your knowledge activity to engage attendees. From a tip sheet to a supply checklist and email list signup sheet, you’ll be confident and organized.

Use this Visual Guide to Portion Sizes to engage attendees in conversation about making healthy choices. Have food and/or food labels available to use as part of the discussion.

Focus on encouraging plant-based nutrition with this visually appealing 2-page resource. Help attendees understand how to create a balanced plate with the Balance Your Plant-Based Diet Mini-Guide.

Use the Build a Healthy Salad resource to help attendees create well-balanced salad when using a salad bar. Pair with the Healthy Sandwich Tips and Recipes for a workplace lunch focus.

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Summary

Group event and activities are an important way that Registered Dietitians communicate nutrition messages. It also is an excellent way to demonstrate our expertise.

RD2RD features a wide-variety of nutrition resources. Choose a done for you presentation, toolkit or use available tools to customize to meet your needs.

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Published by Megan Boitano

Megan Boitano, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC, is a nutritionist in private practice, specializing in helping families create a healthy relationship with food. She has experience with both pediatric and adult nutrition. Megan lives in Newton, MA with her husband and two sons.

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