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Title:The Integrated Nutrition Education Program
Alt. Title:El Programa de Educacion sobra Alimentacion Integrada
Pub. date: 2013 (original publication 1993, updated annually)
Edition: 10
Includes: Curriculum including lesson plans, recipes, activities, and handouts
Audience: Parents, Children, Elementary School
Language: English, Spanish
Description:Integrated Nutrition Education Program (INEP) is a school-based nutrition curriculum. The lessons are a way for children to learn about healthy eating in their classroom and to share what they learn with their families. Each lesson includes a hands-on cooking activity that teaches students how to prepare and taste new and healthy foods, focusing on fruits and vegetables.
Funding Source: USDA, FNS, SNAP-Ed.
Developer: Heather Owen, BS, Diane Brogden, MS, Kazumi Yoshimura, BS, Nicole Walravens, BS, Cathy Romaniellos, MPH, RD, Julie Atwood, MNM, Tracy Binol, BS, Max Young, RD, Eliza Taylor, MS, Jennifer Wiltse, MA
Organization: University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Length: Various curricula of 12 lessons, 45 minutes to 1 hour each
Readability: 0.5 - 7th grade, depending on level of curriculum
Assessment Method: Flesh-Kincaid
Pilot Testing: INEP has been in existence since 1993. Many pilot studies have been conducted in order to determine the most valuable ways to educate our target population, work collaboratively with our partners, and evaluate the effectiveness of our work.
Assessment instrument Used? Yes
Use Restrictions: May copy for educational purposes.
Reviewers Comments: This nutrition curriculum is implemented in Colorado schools. Registered schools receive a 12-lesson curriculum specific to grade level, kindergarten through 5th. Before lessons are taught, schools receive deliveries with necessary items. Any additional items needed are listed. Each lesson comes with a detailed plan and handouts.

Only Colorado schools can register for the program to be implemented as a complete curriculum. However, all lessons are available for free online and can be used by nutrition educators. To access these materials:

  1. Visit the Main Integrated Nutrition Curriculum Web site.
  2. Click View Our Lesson, then select the curriculum level you would like to view and click on View Lessons.
  3. Results include a link to the lesson details as well as recipes and activities.

Please note that the evaluation for this curriculum is based on delivering a specific series of 12 lessons, not stand-alone lessons. Additionally, educators implementing individual lesson plans will need to provide all materials.

The SNAP-Ed Connection team did not review all of the lessons and curricula that are part of this program.

View/download files: 
Main INEP site (English & Spanish):
Parents Section:
Kids Section:
Teachers Section:
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Materials available for free online. For other quesitons, please contact:
    Contact: Julie Atwood, MNM
    Phone: 303-724-4457
    Cost: 0.00 per lesson
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:Individual lessons available for free download online

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