National Nutrition Month

March 13, 2023

This year for National Nutrition Month, celebrate by teaching your students the value of a healthy immune system. Because this is a month-long celebration, we have so many resources for you to build upon! 

First, let’s discuss why it is important to Feed Our Immune System. The immune system is a complicated network of cells, tissues, and organs in your body that protect against infection and disease. The role of nutrition is important. While there is not one easy fix to build a strong immune system, eating nourishing food is certainly a key component.

This means eating a wide variety of foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Each type of food provides unique vitamins and minerals that can support healthy immune systems. [1]

Use our resources to help your students, whether preschool-aged or older, to learn more about eating nourishing food.  

Word Search

Featuring immunity-focused nutrition education, this free printable is perfect to share with students during afterschool meals, teachers for a quick lesson, & parents for a fun take-home game.

Download the Word Search

Bingo to a Healthier Immune System

Who doesn’t like a little healthy competition?

Use our bingo card for a fun competition to try new foods. As your students try new food items (and learn about the nutritional benefits) for the week, they can mark each food to win BINGO!

We recommend using the bingo card for students in preschool through sixth grade. 

Download the Bingo Card

Journey to a Healthier Immune System

Secondary students will have a harder challenge on their hands – to identify their favorite foods and meals that include vitamins and minerals, as well as learning about RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance). 

As the students try new foods, they can stamp off another vitamin or mineral on their journey to support their immune system. This booklet is easy to print (using only 2 pages!) and fold!

This is a great addition for students in health and agricultural classes. We have you covered when adding this to the curriculum; check out our teacher answers to help facilitate the learning in your schools.

Download the Booklet

Download the Answers 

More Resources to Support #ChildNutrition

It’s easy to support healthy immune systems for your students when you offer menus full of nutrient-dense foods like mushrooms, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains! Our many resources are here to help!

Recipes to feature on your menu to increase student interest in healthy, well balanced options. 

Training to take your staff to the next level when adding mushrooms to your menus.

Most importantly, use our blog to help spread the knowledge about mushrooms’ health benefits. 

Looking for at-home recipes and health info to share with parents and caregivers? Send them over to for a variety of consumer-facing recipes and resources.

Celebrate #NNM23

As you celebrate National Nutrition Month, take pictures of the nutrition education lessons, taste tests, or fun games you host. We love to see mushrooms as part of your National Nutrition Month celebrations! Tag us on your Facebook and/or Twitter post and you could win a set of Mushrooms in Schools t-shirts. 

Every time you share your recipes, we will feature you in our “Mushrooms on the Menu” newsletter (want to subscribe? Click here). We want to celebrate all the hard work you and your team do. 

Here’s to a happy, healthy National Nutrition Month!

[1] [1] Written in March 2016 by: Giana Angelo, Ph.D. Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University. Reviewed in February 2017 by: Catherine Field, Ph.D. Professor of Nutrition, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta. This link leads to a website provided by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. The Mushroom Council® is not affiliated or endorsed by the Linus Pauling Institute or Oregon State University. Accessed November 19, 2020.

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