Healthy eating and physical activity solutions for kids

Program-wide Ideas

Collaborative actions within the youth program to build awareness, support, skill building activities, and behaviors for healthy eating and/or physical activity.

Besides providing a safe place for kids to go after school, the Prime Time program offersyoung boy painting homework help, a healthy snack, and emphasis on healthy food messages using HKC materials. When homework is finished, kids have options of nutrition-related reading, materials and activity booklets, scarf games, and fruit and veggie trivia games.

"The activities don't take much time to plan; this is nice!" - Kansas Kids C.A.N. Program, Prime Time After School Program, Jetmore, KS, Traci whorton, Director

In a newsletter with fruit and veggie information, a nurse wrote, very honestly, that she didn't eat enough servings. With that confession, came feedback from others, sharing their eating habits, and heightened awareness...AND the opportunity to role-model for others moved the nurse to eat more veggies! Using Healthy Kids Challenge messages for all ages, additional healthy "spin" was added to waiting room bulletin boards and employee/community newsletters.

Kansas Kids C.A.N. Program, Petterson Medical Clinic, Syracuse, KS, Karen Canary, Nurse

Through the help of Healthy Kids Challenge staff, existing library programs such as story time and the summer reading program now include healthy eating activities to enhance the literacy lessons. The children's librarian uses many books that tie nutrition with literacy, such as the Very Hungry Caterpillar, as well as flash cards, bingo cards, and fruit and veggie themed name tags. Healthy snack changes, including adding fruit, have provided lower sugar and fat choices.

Kansas Kids C.A.N. Program, Morton County Library, Elkhart, KS, Brenda Cromer, Librarian

Scott County hospital linked with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) organization for a first ever "Gingerbread House" decorating event. The event was held at a community church hall during the winter holiday season. With community donated artistic foods and "houses" created by Scott County Hospital's Nutrition Services Department, kids and adults decorated gingerbread houses.

Interactive booths lined the walls of the room where participants were given the options to practice healthy eating skills, such as building their own trail mix; and pose for a picture with a milk mustache.

Kansas Kids C.A.N. Programs: Big Brother/Big Sisters of Scott County, Debbie Reding, Affiliate Director, and Scott County Hospital, Scott City, KS, Barbra Berry, Clinical Nutrition Manager