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Nutrition Program

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Our Mission

To influence healthy eating and active living in a positive way, promote health, and reduce disease among all children and families living in Tempe.

Who We Are

Established in 2001, the Kid Zone Nutrition Program promotes healthy lifestyles to Tempe children and families. Through nutrition instruction, food demonstrations, gardening, physical activity instruction, mascot appearances, staff training and family nights, we work to increase the knowledge and awareness of our community to the benefits of eating smart and playing hard.  The Kid Zone Nutrition Program is funded through the Arizona Health Zone(AzHZ) and the USDA as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  SNAP 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. To apply for free or reduced price lunch, visit the website of the school district that your child(ren) attend:

Tempe Elementary School District



  Maricopa Healthy

Maricopa Healthy

Connect with fresh food and fun activities in Maricopa County with the Maricopa Healthy app. Find everything from fun activities to fresh locally-grown food.

  • Connect to low-cost (and no-cost) ways to live a healthy lifestyle in Maricopa County.
  • Find yourself shopping at one of the valley’s many farmers’ markets or playing in one of more than 400 area parks.
  • Use the map feature to find bus and bike routes, and local farmers’ markets that accept food and nutrition assistance such as SNAP, WIC, and FMNP.
  • Download the app for free and discover more features!

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What We Do

The Kid Zone Nutrition Program works with schools and community centers to incorporate nutrition education, physical activity and gardening into their sites.

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Nutrition instructors travel to Kid Zone before and after school programs 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 Tempe community as well as within Tempe schools. We offer nutrition and physical activity information as well as incentive items that promote healthy eating and physical activity for children and their families within our community. If your organization would like to invite the Kid Zone Nutrition Program to participate in your local community event, click here for more information.

School HealthOur program partners with the Tempe educators and administrators within the Tempe Elementary School District to promote healthy classrooms. We can support schools with implementing the district’s wellness policy.

Our program has been working with Principals, Teachers, and District Food Service to increase the presence of school gardens. Sixteen schools in the Tempe Elementary School District currently have a school garden.


Our team can provide nutrition education through classroom appearances as guest speakers. We come prepared with a 30-60 minute nutrition lesson which may also include a healthy food demonstration where children will participate and taste test. If you are interesting in scheduling a nutrition guest speaker appearance, please click here for more information. 

We can work with schools and school staff in the following schools in Tempe:

Aguilar Elementary    Arredondo Elementary    Carminati Elementary    Connolly Middle School    Curry Elementary    Fees Middle School    Frank Elementary    Fuller Elementary    Gililland Middle School    Holdeman Elementary    Hudson Elementary    Laird School    Nevitt Elementary    Scales Technology Academy    Thew Elementary    Wood Elementary


Early Childhood: Kid Zone Nutrition Program partners with Thrive to Five to provide nutrition education to families with young children in a class titled Family Fuel. Visit their website for more information and to sign up. 

Senior Center Programming: Kid Zone Nutrition Program partners with Tempe Community Action Agency and qualifying senior centers in Tempe to provide nutrition and physical activity classes to seniors.  The qualifying senior centers in Tempe are:

Cahill Senior Center

Escalante Multi-Generational Center

North Tempe Multi-Generational Center

Let’s Move:  Tempe is participating in Let’s Move Cities, Town, and Counties. Kid Zone Nutrition Program works with Tempe staff to increase our medal count and continue to make Tempe a great place to live. Check out the current official medal count here.