National Bee


The NutriBee National Nutrition Competition id the first bee-style youth event for public health. 

• Participants are 5th-7th graders from across the U.S. and its territories.
• Participants come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide array of life experiences. They participated in a local  NutriBee in their community, and their respective communities have chosen them as rising nutrition leaders.
• Local Bees have equal chances of their nominee(s) being selected.
• Local Bees nominate national participants: There are no bee competitions between the local and national levels.
• Collaborative learning takes place throughout the NutriBee experience. Local and national Bees are team-based: Participants do not compete individually. National teams are assigned by NutriBee and are comprised of 3 participants.
• The Bee Questions are 1/3 from the local NutriBee learning materials, 1/3 from high school student Bee Quest projects and 1/3 from current events.
• Expenses are paid by each participant and their parent or coach to travel to Washington, DC for the national competition and related events.

National NutriBee is a several day experience. Participants are invited to nutrition-themed behind the scenes tours from Washington DC’s sports scene, the National Zoo and a foreign embassy. The NutriBee National Nutrition Competition itself is a 90 minute event. The youth participants work in teams to answer Bee Questions. An interactive presentation is planned.

Meanwhile enjoy these brain-twizzling samples:

What nutrient gives flamingos, salmon and autumn leaves their color – carotene or vitamin C?
Answer: Carotene. Organisms including the human body use colorful chemicals to grow and live. Generally, a deeper color means more of that nutrient is present. For example, flamingos which get little carotene in their diet have pale feathers.

What part of the human body weighs more – muscle or water?
Answer: Water. The healthy human body is approximately 65-70% body water. Since water is present in all cells, we tend to overlook how much of it there is.

Is spinach a carbohydrate?
Answer: Yes. Carbohydrates include fruits and vegetables as well as cake and sugary drinks. Carbohydrates are not grouped together because they are good for you or not. They have common chemistry and the body can use them similarly.

Name the insect which makes a carbohydrate found in both ancient tombs and modern grocery stores. Answer: Honey Bee. Honey is in the carbohydrate food group. Bees have been domesticated since ancient times primarily for honey.

What extraterrestrial force helps the human body make its own vitamin D?
Answer: Sunlight. Direct sunlight on exposed skin prompts the healthy body to make its own vitamin D. Balance is critical here because while some sunlight is healthful, too much is harmful.

Which holds more a juice glass or a water glass?
Answer: Water glass. A water glass holds 8 fluid ounces and a juice glass holds 6 fluid ounces. A serving of juice is smaller than a serving of water. A rule of thumb is to drink fewer beverages with calories such as juice, than beverage without calories such as water.

Before you knew it you were at the front of the popcorn line at the movies. Which of your five senses was probably at play?
Answer: Smell (olfaction) Our sense of smell can make our mouth water before we taste or even see food. The part of the brain that processes smell is poorly connected to the part of the brain that makes decisions.

Which is an Italian food made from ground corn – polenta or cassava?
Answer: Polenta. Cassava (manioc) and corn are both starches which are cultivated and eaten around the world. Polenta is a mash prepared from ground cornmeal.