Families Activas y Saludables/Families Active and Healthy (FAH) -April Showers Bring May Flowers
These past few months we have embraced a multi-pronged approach to spreading the word on healthy eating and active living amongst our participants-from children and youths, to the parents and the seniors in the community- for families activas y saludables program. For parents, the exercise of teaching kids to make healthy food choices can start early. The habit of healthy eating in children/youths, hopefully, will continue into their adult years.
Children learn from parents, and parents can also learn through their children; kids have a valuable role of being “influencers” toward changing their families’ food habits. In an impromptu survey, when we asked the respondents if they ate healthy, 38 percent reported they did, while 38 percent said they did not. Work, feeling lazy, and anxiety were some of the reasons quoted as barriers to healthy eating. For us at PROCEED, we did several activities that helped spread the word on healthy eating and active living the last couple of months. During the week of the young child celebrated from April 8th through April 12th, we hosted a fun “work out” session at our Preschool and called it “work out Wednesday.” Kids enjoyed an outdoor Zumba class with the instructor, danced to popular children’ music and sang out loud in groups. During the same week, the kids were asked to bring their favorite fruits and vegetables to school to learn about healthy foods and good nutrition. Additionally, they also got introduced to fruits and vegetables that they are not familiar with. They tasted raspberries, blueberries, and papayas.
The theme of healthy eating continued at our Preschool during May. The kids read books on growing a vegetable garden, and harvesting the vegetables to make soup. The kids brought a vegetable of their choice that the teacher used to make a healthy soup; the kids tasted the soup and loved it. Our learning about the whole process has been that “messaging” matters! On the same note, the kids participated in helping us to start building our school garden. They were gardeners for a day and selected the herbs they wanted to grow in their classroom planters. We have a tidy herb garden growing in our planters. April showers bring May flowers and for us we are eagerly waiting for the strawberries to ripen. The strawberries were planted in late Fall; to our surprise they survived the winter and thriving. They take the pride of place in our school garden. With the flowers we planted, we see bees and butterflies in our patch of green. The butterflies the kids grew were released in the garden, much to the delight of the children.
The tomatoes and peppers are in their infancy still. We will monitor and report on their progress in the coming months.
About the Grantee
PROCEED's Mission is to provide individuals, families, and other organizations with a comprehensive network of appropriate supportive and preventive social, health, capacity building, and community development services that are culturally and linguistically designed to reaffirm self-actualization and improve living standards for the community.