Just Taste

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Just Taste was developed by the JUST RUN® youth fitness program to introduce children to a wide variety of healthy foods in either a school or home setting. Exercise and eating well go hand in hand! Studies have shown that one of the best ways to improve diet is by expanding nutritional food choices and by exposing children to a wide variety of healthy foods while they are young.

Just Taste lists 100 fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes that provide nutritious alternatives to unhealthy and fast food choices. Just Taste is an educational and fun activity and effectively complements the JUST RUN program. Children and parents, as well, are encouraged to study the wealth of information on the website and to “JUST TASTE” as many of the healthy foods as possible.





Click the Apples to view a list of Fruits

Click the Carrots to view a list of Vegetables

Click the Almonds to view a list of Nuts

Click the Green Beans to view a list of Legumes

Distribute the JUST TASTE form, also found in the Forms section of the JUST RUN website, to record which of the 100 food choices they have JUST TASTED and studied. Teachers/leaders should determine how many of the listed items the children need to taste and/or study to be eligible for the JUST TASTE Superstar Certificate of Achievement! Leaders can download the Certificate by clicking here. Present the certificates during your award ceremonies.

Each of the listed fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes in this section is linked to the Wikipedia. This makes it very easy for the students to write a paper or to report to the class about a selected or assigned fruit, vegetable, nut or legume. Share this website link with them!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Before you have your students taste any item on the list, particularly with nut and soy products, make sure that none of the children have allergies.  Also, with mushrooms, make sure they are store purchased and NOT picked in the wild.

Tips for Healthy Eating

NYSS Champion

NYSS Champion badge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to recognize Just Run as one of the first organizations to join the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion program. As an NYSS Champion, Just Run has demonstrated their organization’s support of youth sports and commitment to the NYSS vision. Just Run will be recognized along with other NYSS Champions on health.gov as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with HHS to improve the youth sports landscape.