Health U.: A Nutrition Curriculum for Teenagers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

UMMS Affiliation

Shriver Center; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center; Shriver Center



Document Type



Mental and Social Health | Mental Disorders | Nutrition


The Health U. curriculum is designed to be taught by registered dietitians or educators who have had college-level courses in nutrition. It contains age-appropriate nutrition education materials for adolescents and young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. The goal of the Health U. program is to encourage a healthy lifestyle and includes 10 lessons, each of which provides a short discussion where new concepts are introduced, an activity that provides hands-on learning, time to engage in movement/physical activity, and a "taste test" that encourages expansion of students' food repertoires.


Citation: Bandini, L. G., Curtin, C., Fleming, R. K., Maslin, M., & Scampini, R. (2013). Health U.: A nutrition curriculum for teenagers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing.