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2nd Grade

Kids at lunch

Steps to Health’s 2nd Grade School program consists of 9 sessions that are designed to educate and inspire North Carolina children to eat smart. Hands-on activities, games, and physical activity are incorporated into each lesson. Each 30-45 minute lesson includes a taste test of either a snack that the student can make after school or a healthy meal that parents can make for dinner.

All participants are awarded a certificate of participation at the completion of the program. Recipes and nutrition and physical activity handouts are sent home to the parents. Evaluation of the lessons includes a pre and post survey, and feedback from parents and teachers.

The curriculum was developed by Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D., Jenni Albright, MPH, RD, Lindsay Goolsby, MS, RD, and Jenelle Wass, MS, RD, LDN.


Site Eligibility

In order to qualify for Steps to Health programming, schools must participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program. The school building must have at least 50% of students receiving a free or reduced meal.

Before beginning programming, use this spreadsheet to confirm that a school qualifies: Steps to Health Eligible Schools

For questions on determining school eligibility, contact

For virtual surveys and data related information, please contact 

Written By

Jayne McBurney, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJayne McBurneySteps to Health Program Coordinator Call Jayne Email Jayne Agricultural & Human Sciences
NC State Extension, NC State University
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