Nutrition in Action

Nutrition in Action uses a whole-school approach to promote culturally appropriate hands-on nutrition education and physical activity for students, parents, and educators.

Nutrition in Action


Nutrition in Action educators are for improving healthy behaviors in the school environment by presenting simple, engaging, and interactive nutrition and physical activity instruction. Lessons are taught by a Y nutrition educator, are geared for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and are aligned with Michigan Common Core State Standards.

Schools are encouraged to make simple changes to their environment that reinforce healthy choices and support healthy lifestyles. While improving student and staff knowledge is important, the ultimate goal is to change behavior and to help families understand the benefits associated with eating better and moving more.

Research shows that students who eat healthy foods and get regular exercise are healthier, show improved academic achievement, are more focused, and miss fewer days at school. Evaluation results show positive change in behaviors which include: eating more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products; drinking less soda; being more physically active; and choosing healthier snacks.

Nutrition in Action

 “Wow, what a change! My students requested fruits and yogurt for our holiday party.” 

– Teacher at Dickinson Elementary

Nutrition in Action is funded by the USDA/Michigan Nutrition Network, and has served more than 30,000 vulnerable children and families in the community this year.


  • Eating more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products
  • Drinking less soda or other sweet drinks
  • Being more physically active
  • Choosing healthier snacks
  • Eating healthy foods more often

If you are interested in learning more, please send an email to or call us at 616.885.5912. 

Civil Rights and Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form   , (AD-3027) found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.