Kids making healthy food in class

Nutrition in School

PowerUp! is groundbreaking

The Ironwill Kids PowerUp! program is a fun, engaging nutrition experience that puts kids center stage in a show about healthy eating.

Based on research and behavior change theory, PowerUp! teaches kids to think critically about food and their choices. It was developed with Columbia University and aligns with national and state standards as well as the common core learning standards.

PowerUp! gives kids a voice

Created by a childrens TV writer, the program merges Hollywood with Health education and puts kids center stage. Student-actors play the parts of the Ironwill Kids, imparting nutrition information to a captive audience. It’s peer-to-peer learning. To amp up the fun even more, they take part in interactive food and garden labs that give them skills they share with friends, families and communities. It ignites a chain reaction.

PowerUp! is skills-based

Through engaging activities, students build health promoting skills, goal setting skills, critical thinking and decision making skills. They also improve literacy and reading comprehension.

PowerUp! is ten dynamic lessons

Designed for fourth to seventh graders, PowerUp! lessons are easy to implement. The program combines nutrition with English language arts, Math and Science, so it can be taught by any one of those teachers. Of course, it can be taught in Health class, too!

What’s Included? Everything, that’s what.

Kids learning about nutrition

  • Individual student workbooks
  • Comprehensive teachers guides
  • All food and garden lab supplies
  • Pre-post test surveys, including customized report to show impact on students
  • Instructional videos
  • Teacher training
  • Unlimited customer support
  • Contact us for pricing information

Ironwill Kids nutrition materials

After completing PowerUp!, students will:

Healthy food makes kids happy

  • Know the difference between processed vs. non processed food
  • Understand food labels
  • Know how to plant a veggie garden
  • Identify ways food companies influence their choices
  • Create a healthy smoothie and breakfast food
  • Know how to refuse unhealthy food when offered
  • Define the steps to making good food choices
  • Engage their families in healthy eating



Do the food labs involve cooking or baking? I don’t have access to a stove or oven.

No. Each recipe is designed with that in mind. There is no cooking or baking involved.

How long is the PowerUp!™ program?

The PowerUp!™ program is made up of ten separate lessons, each designed to be completed in forty minutes. Some lessons may run longer.

How many students may participate in the PowerUp! program?

There is no limit on the number of students who may participate in the program.

You can reach us at (201) 503-0031.

Some of my students have allergies. Will they be able to participate in the food labs?

It’s up to each teacher to be aware of any food allergies their students may have and to decide who can participate. However, all of the recipes used in these labs are free of nuts, eggs and chocolate and they are gluten, wheat and dairy free.

What’s the age range of the students in the PowerUp! program?

The program is designed for fifth, sixth and seventh graders.

Who are Will, Shareese and Zack?

They are three fictional young teens who narrate the program. Each week three different students take turns playing their parts in delivering the messages of each lesson. Will, Shareese and Zack are an integral part of the program, represented in videos and in the workbook.

Who teaches the lessons?

The program can be taught by a science teacher, math teacher, health teacher or teacher of language arts. There is a teacher’s guide that accompanies the workbooks.

Will I need to buy the food and supplies for each food lab?

No. We will provide the food and supplies for each school. We understand that teachers have a lot to get done in a day, so we’ve designed the program to be as seamless as possible.

Will there be teacher training?

Yes. Teacher training for the entire program will occur prior to the start of the first lesson.