Nutrition Education of Texas (NETx) was developed
with partial funding from the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) Team Nutrition Training Program and the
collaboration, dedication and expertise of staff from the
Education Service Centers from Region I and Region XIII, the
Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Division,
and many other volunteers and individuals in other locations
who contributed greatly to the success of this project.
Nutrition education is a fundamental element in the development
of healthy eating and lifestyle habits. The more we can simplify
and provide clear and consistent communication to school children,
the more effective we will be in suppressing and decreasing
the prevalence of obesity and its related complications.
The specific objectives of the grant were to revise and update
Texas's previous nutrition education manual, Education for
Self-Responsibility IV (published by the Texas Education Agency),
to align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
and the latest nutrition information, and make the resulting
lesson plans available to Texas teachers on the World Wide
Web. In NETx, every lesson plan is designed and tailored to
address one or more of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
requirements for the appropriate grade and subject.
NETx lesson plans have been updated to reflect up-to-the-minute
developments in the fields of nutrition and foods, including
explanation and use of the new resource, the MyPyramid food guidance system (replaced by MyPlate). Lesson
plans can be used with public school students in grades pre-Kindergarten
through High School. The curriculum is multidisciplinary and
has lessons specific to fine arts, health, language arts,
mathematics, science, social studies, and vocational education.
The integrated nutrition curriculum in NETx can also have
an even broader application to other states nationwide because
of its web-based format.