Nutrition Program


Parents and Kids


Kid Zone Staff 



Who We Are:

Since 2001 the Kid Zone Nutrition Program has partnered with the Arizona Nutrition Network (AzNN) to promote healthy lifestyles to Tempe children and families. Through nutrition instruction, recipe and food demonstrations, physical activity instruction, mascot appearances and family nights, we work to increase the knowledge and awareness of our Tempe community to the benefits of eating smart and playing hard.  The Kid Zone Nutrition Program is funded through AzNN and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).



To shape food consumption in a positive way, promote health, and reduce disease among all children and families living in Tempe. 


What We Do:

Kid Zone Site Instructors

Our instructors travel to Kid Zone before and after school sites leading activities that educate children about MyPlate, physical activity and food safety. They encourage children and their families to make healthy food choices and stay physically active.


Special Events

The Kid Zone Nutrition Program regularly participates in special events for the community, schools  and families. We offer information, incentive items, mascot appearances, and activities promoting healthy food choices.  Examples of events include: Play Day in the Park, Escalante Pre-School Picnic, Kid Zone Summer Nutrition Carnivals, School Turkey Trots and Reindeer Runs, Mutil-cultural Fairs and Family Nights.


Classroom Education

Our program partners with the Tempe Elementary School District to support nutrition education in the classroom.  Kid Zone offers information, resources, and supplies as well as guest speakers to elevate children's knowledge of healthy lifestyles. 

Participating Schools and Locations:
Aguilar Elementary  Frank Elementary Nevitt Elementary  
Arredondo Elementary Fuller Elementary Kyrene de los Ninos  
Carminati Elementary Getz School Kyrene del Norte  
Connolly Middle School Gililland Middle School Scales Technology Academy                                  
Curry Elementary Holdeman Elementary Thew Elementary  
Escalante Community Center Hudson Elementary Wood Elementary  
Fees Middle School Laird School    


Parents and Kids

Knife Skills:




 Cooking Tips: How to Broil



 Recipe Corner -   

    January 2014 - Low Fat Fruit CrepesZucchini and Carrot Muffins    

    February 2014 - Healthy Fried RiceCalifornia Sushi Bowl

    March 2014 - Fruit and Cheese Quesadilla Banana Waffle Sandwich

    April 2014 - Orzo Pasta SaladHawaiian Tortellini Salad

    May 2014 - Salmon Lettuce TacosMango Salsa



The Kid Zone Nutrition Program offers numerous free resources for teachers and school staff at Title 1 schools in Tempe to help them encourage their students to Eat Smart and Play Hard.


 Special Events and Mascot Appearances:


 Teacher Incentive Program:


 The Kid Zone Nutrition Program can make mascot appearances and/or provide student incentive items at school special events such as Field Days, Carnivals, Parent Nights, Turkey Trots, Reindeer Runs, or assemblies.  Examples of incentive items could include wrist bands, pencils, hackey sacks, etc.  Examples of informational materials available include nutrition related posters and newsletters, fruits and vegetable fact sheets, and recipe cards.  Written materials are in English and Spanish.


As part of school wellness policies and Arizona State Academic standards, classroom teachers already provide a great deal of nutrition education to their students.  By simply recording the number of hours per month spent teaching students to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle, teachers and school staff receive money for classroom materials and supplies.  For every hour recorded, teachers earn $1 resource credit that can be used to purchase resources they need to provide future nutrition education.




Guest Speakers:


List of Classes:

Classroom teachers can invite Kid Zone Nutrition Specialists into their classrooms as guest speakers.  The specialists typically teach a 30-60 minute interactive lesson (or series of lessons) which can include a short food demonstration that students help prepare and can then taste test.  Students receive incentive items for participating as well as information, newsletters, and recipes to take home to parents.  Specialists are available for Pre-School through eighth grade classes.


For Grades K-2

For Grades 3-5


 Teacher Log Sheets 2014-2015      Sample Log Sheet      Resource Credit Order Form





Kid Zone Staff

 Nutrition Log Sheets

Food Demo Order Forms 

Theme Kit Check Out List








 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 Arizona Nutrition Network
 National Cancer Society
 Produce for Better Health Foundation
 Jamie Oliver Cooking Skills


This material was federally funded by USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through the Arizona Nutrition Network.  The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides nutrition assistance to people with low income.  It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet.  To find out more , contact 1-800-352-8401. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.