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Color Me Healthy (PreK)

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Partnering with Schools

Schools can be a promising place for change. Children are young enough to learn and form new habits; they eat meals and snacks at schools on weekdays; schools are full of role models and mentors for children; and schools generally have spaces designated for physical activity.

Layering

Taken together, education, PSE, and social marketing changes are more effective than any of these strategies alone for improving health and preventing obesity.

Direct Education

Color Me Healthy logoSteps to Health Color Me Healthy serves preschoolers and kindergarteners across North Carolina in schools, Head Start, and Child Care Centers.

Color Me Healthy 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.

Steps to Health Color Me Healthy 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.

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change (PSE)

PSE initiatives are based on many factors that influence what people eat and how they choose to be active. From access to healthy food to the walkability of communities, people adopt certain heath behaviors for a variety of reasons.

The ABC’s of a Healthy School Environment is

Steps to Health’s PSE toolkit for schools can be a great tool for partnering with schools to make create a healthier school environment.

Communities Moving Together: A Guide to Facilitating Community-Led Walk Audits

Walk audits can be a powerful tool for identifying both assets and needs within a community’s built environment, but also for bringing community members together around a shared vision. You might also use a walk audit to build on momentum from PSE work done at the organizational level to expand on changes to the built environment within the broader community.

This guide helps communities to assess and enhance their physical environment in places where people live, work, learn, pray, and play, by facilitating community-led walk audits.

In addition to the guide, Steps to Health and Faithful Families developed a series of video modules to highlight steps to planning community-led walk audits. These videos can be utilized to assist local organizations in planning and conducting community-led walk audits to assess the physical environment, walkability, and to increase safety. Additionally, community partners and leaders share successes from their own experiences, demonstrating the positive impacts that walk audits can bring to communities.

Social Marketing

Do you want to continue to encourage teachers, parents, and caregivers to make the healthy choice year round? The Steps to Health text message campaign continues engagement with these groups! To implement this in your community:

  1. Build internal support. This could be a teacher you already work closely with or the School Health Advisory Committee.
  2. Market with your supporting partners. This could be done by sending students home with a contact card for their parents or sharing digitally through social media and newsletters.
  3. If you would like to report how many people in your county signed up as a result of your efforts, email sth-socialmarketing@ncsu.edu. 

Additional Resources

Already using this toolkit or partnering with schools? Here are some additional resources you may need:

Steps to Health PSE Reporting and Resources

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