Smart Servings

Sometimes it is not WHAT you eat, but HOW MUCH. Choose smart servings. Added fat and sugar content are a clue to serving size.

green apple
A medium-sized apple is an example of a smart serving

Activity Idea: All About You
Source: Modified from the Healthy Kids Challenge, Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades 3-5)
Description: Kids learn how to take charge of their health by politely saying no to offers of food when they aren't hungry
Grade: 3-5
  • whiteboard and dry erase markers


  1. Survey class responses to the following questions. Record the numbers and create a pie chart on the classroom board.
    • What are examples of times when your family or friends have influenced you to eat too much or eat less nutritious (high fat and added sugar) foods?
      1. At snack time
      2. When eating out
      3. When at the movies
      4. During school lunch
  2. Divide kids into even numbered groups.
  3. Explain that for each pie graph identified situation above (#1, #2, #3 and #4),
    • They will pair up with a different kid in their group and role play.
    • You will identify the situation # and whether they are to discuss requesting or refusing foods, and how to do so politely. As an example, role play situation #1 all together.
    • Point out that sometimes it is enough to say "no thanks" but other times we need to share our feelings. At snack time, a friend may be offering chips or cookies to be nice. If we explain that we say "no thank you" as a way to make healthier choices, the friend can be reassured refusing doesn't mean we don't like them.

This activity is found in the Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades 3-5). For more healthy eating activities, see the Online Store for descriptors and to view the Table of Content and booklet sample pages.