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3rd Grade

Steps to Health 3rd Grade School program serves 3rd graders across North Carolina. The program consists of 9 sessions that are designed to educate and inspire young children to eat smart. Hands-on activities, games, and physical activity are incorporated into each lesson. Each 30-45 minute lesson includes a taste test of either a snack the student can make after-school or a healthy meal parents can make for dinner. All participants are awarded a certificate of participation at the completion of the program. Recipes and nutrition and physical activity handouts are sent home to the parents. Evaluation of the lessons include a pre and post nutrition knowledge survey. Curriculum was developed by Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D, Jenni Albright, MPH, RD, and Lindsay Hecht, MS, RD.

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Children eating health snacks

3rd Grade

Steps to Health 3rd Grade School program serves 3rd graders across North Carolina. The program consists of 9 sessions that are designed to educate and inspire young children to eat smart. Hands-on activities, games, and physical activity are incorporated into each lesson. Each 30-45 minute lesson includes a taste test of either a snack the student can make after-school or a healthy meal parents can make for dinner. All participants are awarded a certificate of participation at the completion of the program. Recipes and nutrition and physical activity handouts are sent home to the parents. Evaluation of the lessons include a pre and post nutrition knowledge survey. Curriculum was developed by Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D, Jenni Albright, MPH, RD, and Lindsay Hecht, MS, RD.

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Better Choices

This adult nutrition education program is designed for use in various community locations including senior centers and congregate nutrition sites.  The curricula address many of the top risk factors for malnutrition such as dietary quality, food security and shopping behavior or food resource management. This hands-on, interactive, innovative learning opportunity addresses the felt needs and stimulates the senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing) of adults, which improves their attitudes and increases their knowledge, intentions and behaviors toward a healthier lifestyle. The program also includes taste tests of new foods or new recipes, discussions, food preparation demonstrations, educational handouts and educational extenders.  Targeted sessions, lasting 30 to 60 minutes each, are delivered weekly for a total of 10 weeks. Curriculum developed by Dr. Jaccquelyn W. McClelland and Dr. Carolyn Bird

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Better Food Better
Health

The Better Food Better Health program employs a family-based nutrition education curriculum. Initially developed targeting Latino families, the program is now available to all families.  The program encourages adults and children to make healthy food choices, stretch their food dollar and have active lifestyles for better health outcomes. Targeted sessions, lasting approximately 2 hours each, are delivered in English or Spanish for a total of 6 weeks.  The adults and older children are taught in one group, while the younger children are in a separate group with their own teacher and age-appropriate educational games and materials.  The program includes many of the proven experiential learning techniques such as hands on activities, taste tests, discussions, food demonstrations, educational handouts and educational extenders.   The final session is capped off with the participants receiving certificates of participation and holding a ‘pot luck’ healthy meal using recipes that have been improved due to the knowledge learned in the sessions. Curriculum developed by Dr. Jaccquelyn W. McClelland and Dr. Carolyn Bird Cultural Consultant: Cintia Aguilar

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Color Me Healthy for
SNAP-Ed

Color Me Healthy for SNAP-Ed is a nutrition and physical activity program for children ages four and five. It is designed to stimulate all the senses of young children: touch, smell, sight, sound, and of course, taste. It uses color, music, and exploration of the senses to teach children that healthy eating and physical activity are fun. Color Me Healthy for SNAP-Ed is comprised of nine lessons chosen from the Color Me Healthy curriculum. Taste tests have been added to coincide with each lesson in order to enhance the multi-sensory learning experience. Parent handouts were enriched to contain nutrition tips, family physical activity suggestions, reading book recommendations, and grocery store adventures. All participants are awarded a certificate of participation at the completion of the program. Evaluation of the program is conducted via parent and teacher feedback forms. The Color Me Healthy for SNAP-Ed program was developed by Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D, Cathy Thomas, MA.Ed, and Laural Kelly, MS.

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Eat Smart, Move More,
Take Control

Steps to Health: Eat Smart Move More – Take Control serves adults across North Carolina. The program is a 6 session chronic disease prevention program that provides strategies to help adults manage their health. Lessons include: Take Control, Move More, Control YOUR Sodium, Control YOUR fat, Reduce YOUR Added Sugar, Increase YOUR Dairy & Stay in Control. It informs, empowers, and motivates participants to change their eating and physical activity patterns. The program provides opportunities for participants to track their goals and progress toward healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. Each 1-hour session contains a basic cooking demonstration and sample of a healthy recipe. The recipes and nutrition handouts are provided to program participants. Evaluation of the program is conducted via a pre and post behavior survey. The Eat Smart Move More – Take Control curriculum was developed by Linda Minges, MPH, RD, LDN, Nicolle Miller, MS, MPH, RD and Carolyn Dunn, Ph.D.

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