Under the SNAP-Ed Program in Orleans Parish the Happy Healthy Me curriculum based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and MyPlate was used to meet this need. Through six interactive sessions using story-telling, nutrition activities (drawing and coloring, games, songs, physical activities), Q & A and a recipe demonstration, young children were able to make the connection between good nutrition, physical activity and a healthy body.
Sixty-four (64) Pre-K youth from three early childhood development centers were impacted in the past two months. Based on the interactive portions of program delivery, youth participants:
·Recognized MyPlate as a guide for healthy eating.
·Were able to sort foods according to MyPlate food groups.
·Were able to describe the health benefits of each food group.
·Learned that eating healthy foods and moving their bodies makes them healthy and strong.
Youth audience enjoyed making and tasting their own MyPlate salad and fruit salad, making and having fun with “veggie tambourines," dancing to MyPlate songs (Alive with five food groups) and doing the “animal moves."
More young children in other head start centers will benefit from SNAP-Ed in upcoming months.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture