Family Nutrition Program

Youth Programs

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Goal

Teach limited-resource children in West Virginia fun ways to increase their knowledge and practice of basic nutrition and physical activity.

Objectives

  • Use interactive teaching methods to create fun, exciting and hands-on learning environments
  • Educate students from schools with a 50% or greater free and reduced lunch participation
  • Target limited-resource youth in a variety of community settings for summer activities
  • Utilize research-based curriculum designed in a series of lessons based upon the USDA’s MyPlate for Kids and Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Projects

School-Year: FNP Nutrition Outreach Instructors work with students is eligible schools throughout WV to deliver the fun and interactive Show Me Nutrition curriculum developed by the University of Missouri Extension Service. The series of lessons uses informational elements combined with games, hands-on activities and food demonstrations to help children build enthusiasm and excitement for good food choices and increased physical activity.

Summer

family playing kick ball FNP summer activities take place in a variety of community settings, including residential summer camps, summer school programs, library programs, park programs and more. The Wild and Wonderful Health Challenge curriculum developed by West Virginia University Extension Service includes educational segments which are focused on physical activity and non-competitive games, with easy healthful take home messages. Lessons can take place in a single setting each day, or be divided into small teaching segments incorporated throughout the day. Interactivity, positive reinforcement and fun are the keys to increasing children’s knowledge of healthy food choices and physical activity.

Success Stories

  • “A parent volunteer of a third grader stopped in our office to leave 4-H Clover bud activities when she excitedly told me that her son was listening and repeating everything I said in class during the nutrition series in the early part of the year. She said he is finally trying some new foods due to his participation in the nutrition series.”
  • “As the nutrition educator, I was so excited when a 3rd grade student approached me during the last class to tell me that she and her mother had altered their dessert selections for the past few weeks. She told me, ” My Mom and I used to have ice cream after dinner about 3 times a week. Now that I know how much fat is in ice cream and how good fruit smoothies taste, we have been making those instead.” She said she enjoyed selecting the different fruits and juices to try in her smoothie. “
  • “When I asked if any children would like to write down some ways that health class has benefited them, I got this response from a 4th grade girls: ‘Health has changed me. I used to be a couch potato and eat unhealthy things like potato chips, ice cream, cookies and cupcakes. But now I’m very healthy. I eat fruits and vegetables. I exercise and go outside. I get places by foot and ride my bike everyday. I’ve told my family what I do to stay healthy and they follow me.’”

To access our disclaimers please click here – http://familynutrition.ext.wvu.edu/welcome_goals__objectives/disclaimers

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