Food Groups Nutrition Lesson!
After our success with the last Eat Well, Play Hard sessions, we were excited to begin again with a new group of students and their parents. Eat Well, Play Hard is centered on improving nutrition and physical activity for preschoolers and their families. The focus is on increasing the consumption of fruits, vegetables and low fat/fat free dairy foods, increasing physical activity and decreasing screen time. We chose a new site, Father Mychal Judge (FMJ), in Clifton to run the program. The beginning of the school year is always an exciting and busy time, with children and teachers getting used to their new schedules.
The children’s excitement for the first nutrition lesson was palpable (Lana iguana, the puppet who makes health choices was there, so how could you not be excited?!). The nutrition assistant brought in a My Plate floor mat and food models to introduce the children to the different food groups. Eat Well, Play Hard curriculum has lesson plans and cooking activities that focus specifically on fruits, vegetables or dairy so doing this introductory game was a great way to peek the children’s interest in making healthy choices. Keeping ideas simple and fun helps the message stick- “eating protein foods helps build muscles let’s see all of your muscles!” or “eating whole grains helps give you energy to run and play!” as we all run in place. The children had a blast playing with and sorting the fake food into each category.
About the Grantee
Center for Family Resources is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to meeting the educational needs of income eligible children and their families from Passaic County. Head Start provides comprehensive services in the areas of education, social services, nutrition, and mental health. We also assist families to obtain health and dental services.
Strategy: Community Assessments for Healthy Eating and Active Living Community Assessments for Healthy Eating and Active Living Nutrition and Physical Activity Policy, System, Environmental (PSE) Interventions in Schools, Preschools, and Child Care Centers
Cohort: North 3
Funder: Partners for Health Foundation