Success Stories: Sprouts: Growing Healthy Habits
The transition to kindergarten presents a prime opportunity for families to change their children’s daily eating, sleeping, and physical activity habits as everyone adapts to new school schedules. Schools also play an important role in educating children about nutrition, how their bodies function, and sources of food products.
The research team has developed a pre-K and kindergarten-level healthy habits curriculum that has been piloted at a local elementary school and pre-K programs. Each lesson has a specific focus that incorporates a hands-on activity and interactive book reading. A parent component to the program is currently being developed. The curriculum is being delivered and evaluated during the current school year.
Farm to Table - Students think about where their food comes from and the journey it takes to get from seed to stomach.
Cooking and Family Meals - Children get involved in cooking and eating together as a family.
Food Groups and Grocery Shopping - Children understand how they can get involved in shopping for healthy food and how to differentiate between food groups.
Picky Eating: Eat a rainbow - Children get more comfortable with branching out and trying new foods.
Snacks and Beverages - Children understand what a proper snack portion size looks like and how to make healthier beverage choices.
Healthy Sleep Habits - The lesson stresses the importance of a good night’s sleep and positive bedtime behaviors.
Energy Balance - Highlights the process of consuming and exerting energy and promotes the benefits of adequate physical activity.
Healthy Screen Habits - Children learn about screen time and the importance of limiting it.