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Nutrition Education and Training Program


NUTRITION EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Curriculum Resources for Educators

Preschool-Age Children

Keystone Kids Go!

This is an initiative in Pennsylvania focused on improving young children's nutrition and physical activity.  the initiative is targeted towards early childhood practitioners from childcare, Head Start, early intervention, family literacy, and pre-kindergarten programs.  Keystone Kids Go! was created by the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Education, and Public Welfare, in partnership with:

                  Tuscarora Intermediate Unit
                  Penn State Cooperative Extension
                  Family Literacy Programs
                  Pennyslvania Nutrition Education Network
                  Head Start State Collaboration Office

Keystone Color Me Healthy (KCMH), one component of Keystone Kids Go, is based on the original Color Me Healthy program developed in North Carolina, KCMH provides early childhood practitioners with resources and materials to teach preschoolers that healthy eating andmovement are fun!  For more information about Keystone Kids Go and receiving KCMH training, please visit the Keystone Kids Go website.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, has received a USDA CACFP Wellness Grant and is providing mini-grants to 200 child care facilities in Pennsylvania to implement the Pennsylvania Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (PA NAP SACC) intervention as a way to improve their nutrition and physical activity environments.  Here is a list of the 200 child care centers (PDF) receiving CACFP Wellness mini-grants.

I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) is a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in young children birth to five within Early Care and Education settings. IMIL has 3 overall goals for building lifelong healthy preferences:

1. Increase the quantity of time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) within daily routines to meet national guidelines (120 minutes daily for preschool children)
2. Improve the quality of movement experiences intentionally planned and facilitated by informed and participating adults, including teachers and parents
3. Promote healthy food choices every day for children, teachers, and parents

The interactive and high-energy training is infused with ideas, strategies, lively music, and resources for embedding quality physical movement experiences and healthy nutrition choices within the existing curricula of Early Care and Education programs. Visit the PA KEY online Calendar for more information about the I am Moving I am Learning training sessions available in your region.

School-Age Children

PDE Interdisciplinary Nutrition Education Curriculum

This curriculum includes 21 lesson plans for grades K-12 and is organized into four grade groups (K-2, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12).  The lesson plans are aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards, include activities that encourage physical activity, contain website links to additional resources, and provide ideas that assist schools with implementing the local wellness policy and involving parents, food service, and the community.  Access and download lesson plans.

Body Weight and Body Image Lessons for Adolescents

This curriculum is intended to be used in middle and high school classrooms. The lessons contained in the curriculum were designed to promote healthy eating practices, normal physical activity patterns, and positive body image to effectively help students attain lifelong healthy weight and physical activity habits. These lessons can be taught in family and consumer sciences, math, statistics, and health and physical education. Teachers can introduce lessons independently or as part of an interdisciplinary unit.

Sports Nutrition Lessons for Adolescents

This curriculum is intended to be used in middle and high school classrooms to teach students the role proper nutrition plays in optimizing athletic performance. The lessons contained in the curriculum were designed to be taught to all students in your school, the competitive athlete as well as the recreational athlete, and can be used to promote physical activity as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2000. These lessons can be taught in family and consumer sciences, math, statistics, science, and health and physical education. Teachers can introduce lessons independently or as part of an interdisciplinary unit.

Training Resources for Food Service Personnel

Project Pennsylvania

Project PA is a comprehensive, multi year training plan for School Food Service Directors to promote compliance with the School Meals Initiative (SMI) for Healthy Children. Project PA provides hands on training in food purchasing and preparation techniques that follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The initiative helped ensure that schools offer healthy foods based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Project PA also produced and aired two teleconferences that provided further training for Food Service Directors about SMI requirements.

Project PA conducts interactive training workshops for school food service staff regionally and through statewide distance learning. The project includes partnerships with the Pennsylvania State University, the National Food Service Management Institute. Team Nutrition Training (TNT) Grants support additional training in computer skills, including nutrient analysis. For more information, visit the Project PA website.


For additional information, please contact:

Vonda Cooke (Fekete) | Division Chief
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Division of Food and Nutrition
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 800.331.0129
RA-NSLP@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us