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Energizers for Simply Good Eating

Need a short activity that gets people — young and old alike — moving that can tie into your nutrition and/or health education lesson as needed? Looking for a quick activity idea to refresh your participants during a conference or business meeting? The Energizers for Simply Good Eating are for you!

These activities can be adapted for your audience as needed and are great for use in school classrooms, nursing homes, community groups, and more. Each includes guidance on the target audience, preparation needed, how to run the activity, making adaptations, and using the energizer with other health and nutrition-related lesson plans.

Print or download one or more of these activities and get energized today!

Before downloading any energizers:

The Energizers

Print all energizers (8.1 MB PDF) — This document is designed to be printed 2-sided and 3-hole punched. Place the printed document in a 3-ring binder to maximize use.

Improve Intake of Low-fat or Fat-free Calcium Rich Foods and Beverages

Make Wise Food Shopping Choices

Increase Intake of Fruits and Vegetables*

*Use these energizers with the Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies! program.

Become More Physically Active Everyday as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

Improve Intake of Whole Grains

Use MyPlate (formerly MyPyramid) Healthy Eating Plan

Practice Safe Food Preparation Techniques

Limit Added Sugars or Caloric Sweeteners

Increase Frequency of Eating Breakfast


Farm to Table


Energizers for Simply Good Eating was developed by Simply Good Eating staff from the University of Minnesota Extension in July 2011. It was adapted with permission from the Energizers Classroom-based Physical Activities program developed by East Carolina University’s Activity Promotion Laboratory, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina Healthy Schools, and Be Active North Carolina.

Related Resources

Classroom Energizers — Training on evidence-based intervention proven to increase K-5 student physical activity levels.

Active Living — Keep your body moving daily in big and small ways to maintain or improve your health.

Healthy & Fit on the Go — Great ideas to stay healthy and fit when away from home.

Healthy Schools — Resources for creating a healthy food environment at your school.


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