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1 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Developed by the Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with the YMCA Training: Part 1 Improving nutrition and physical activity for children in afterschool programs Copyright 2008 YMCA of the USA. The Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum is jointly copyrighted by President and Fellows of Harvard College and YMCA of the USA.

2 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Why is the curriculum important? Research shows that kids do not consume enough healthy foods & drinks, spend too much time in front of the screen, and get less physical activity than they need Schools and community organizations are looking for creative ways to help children and families develop healthy habits Afterschool and other out-of-school time programs are ideal settings for promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity environments The Food & Fun Afterschool Curriculum materials are designed to support these healthy environments and teach kids and families about positive nutrition and physical activity behaviors Food & Fun Training: Part 1

3 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Training Part 1 Objectives Learn about the variety Food & Fun activities and materials Understand how the materials fit with a current afterschool curriculum or youth programming Understand the Food & Fun health messages Make a plan for how to get started with Food & Fun Food & Fun Training: Part 1

4 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Curriculum Components Afterschool activities for kids Parent communications Nutrition and physical activity planning and tracking tools Monthly nutrition and physical activity planning tool Family engagement planning tool Observe whats going on at your program and others! Food & Fun Training: Part 1

5 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum The Basics Designed for children in grades K-5 Focused on 7 simple science-based healthy eating and physical activity environmental standards 11 units with over 70 activities to pick and choose from Encourages healthy behaviors through active play, literacy and math skills development, creative learning, and hand-on snack time activities User-friendly, flexible format and instructions Lesson extensions make activities easily adaptable across program settings and diverse populations Food & Fun Training: Part 1

6 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Background Before developing Food & Fun, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health held focus groups and interviews with childcare and afterschool staff Key issues that emerged included: Major opportunities to integrate lessons are during snack, physical activity time, arts & crafts, and homework periods Storage space and budgets are limited at most locations Activities usually happen in minute intervals Parents want to get health information in a variety of ways When Food & Fun was complete researchers tested the materials in childcare and afterschool programs Food & Fun Training: Part 1

7 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Key features: Activities are fun, affordable and simple Health messages are easy to understand and based on the latest science Activities can easily integrate into many parts of the afterschool day Each unit has opportunities to enhance academic skills Food & Fun can be used on its own or to complement other ongoing curricula Many tools and tips to connect with families Food & Fun Training: Part 1

8 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Unit Themes: Fruits and vegetables – Take a Bite! & Mix it up Physical activity – Get Moving & Play Hard Sugar-sweetened drinks – Be Sugar Smart Healthy & unhealthy fats – Go for Good Fat Whole grains – Go for Whole Grains Healthy snacking – Super Snacks Reduce TV viewing – Tune out TV Keep hydrated with water – Be active, stay cool Food & Fun Training: Part 1

9 Activity Options for Children Food & Fun Training: Part 1 Variety of ways for kids to have fun while learning about nutrition and physical activity Arts and crafts: allow leaders to introduce messages in fun and creative way Active games: designed to involve all children in active play Group games & activities: can be used at circle time or in small groups to reinforce unit themes Books: promote literacy and healthy messages Snack time activities: hands-on way to introduce new foods and get kids interested in healthy eating

10 Parent Communication Tools Many ways to connect with families about nutrition and physical activity Engagement activities tailored to each units healthy goals messages Newsletter articles Parent handouts Family handbook Most parent materials available in English and Spanish Food & Fun Training: Part 1

11 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Health Messages Food & Fun Training: Part 1

12 Short, simple, positive, and motivational! NOT lectures, negative, guilt producing, or humiliating Encourage kids to feel good about healthy eating, drinking and physical activity Foster an interest in trying new foods, drinks, and activities Develop healthy behaviors early in life Emphasize that being healthy can help kids feel strong and fit, improve moods, promote learning. Its also FUN! Food & Fun Training: Part 1 Food and Fun Afterschool CurriculumHealth Messages

13 Food and Fun Afterschool Curriculum Unit Themes: Fruits and vegetables – Take a Bite! & Mix it up Physical activity – Get Moving & Play Hard Sugar-sweetened drinks – Be Sugar Smart Healthy & unhealthy fats – Go for Good Fat Whole grains – Go for Whole Grains Healthy snacking – Super Snacks Reduce TV viewing – Tune out TV Keep hydrated with water – Be active, stay cool Food & Fun Training: Part 1

14 Guidelines Reflect Current Science 2006 American Heart Diet & Lifestyle Recs 2006 USDA Food Guide Pyramid 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 2010 White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report 2010 Dietary Guidelines Michelle Obamas Lets Move Campaign Food & Fun Training: Part 1

15 Vegetables and fruits Environmental Standard Serve a vegetable or fruit at every meal or snack Why is it important? Contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber that keep kids and adults healthy Protect against heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, some cancers Suggested strategy Use taste tests to learn kids fruit and vegetable preferences Food & Fun key messages in Units 1 & 7 Go for Five! Eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables (combined) each day. Try to eat a fruit or a vegetable with every meal and snack. Just take a bite! Dont be afraid to try a new fruit or vegetable – chances are youll like it. Fruits and vegetables come in lots of colors. Try to eat as many different colors as you can. Food & Fun Training: Part 1

16 Healthy beverages Environmental Standard Serve water every day Why is it important? Water is the best way to keep kids hydrated It is calorie-free and almost cost free from the tap! Suggested strategy Serve water in a pitcher with cups at the snack table every day Food & Fun key messages in Unit 10 Water is the best thirst quencher Water and low fat milk are the best drinks to have at snacks and meals Drink water when you are thirsty Drink water instead of juice or soda at every snack and meal Food & Fun Training: Part 1

17 Healthy beverages Environmental Standard Do not serve sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, sweetened teas, fruit punch, fruit drinks, and sports drinks Why is it important? Sugar-sweetened drinks are the top source of added sugar in kids diets Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with obesity in children They provide a lot of calories with little to no nutritional benefit Suggested strategy Offer water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages every day and create rules that restrict the use of vending machines or sugary drinks brought from home Food & Fun key messages in Unit 3 Drinks like soda, fruit drinks and sports drinks are loaded with sugar Eating and drinking too much sugar is not healthy for your body and it can cause cavities Juice is not as healthy as it seems. It can have as much sugar as soda Food & Fun Training: Part 1

18 Focus on healthy dietary fats Food & Fun Training: Part 1 Environmental Standard Do not serve foods with trans fats Why is it important? Trans fats have many harmful effects on the body and no health benefits They are commonly found (and sometimes hidden) in packaged bakery products and deep fried foods Suggested strategy Read nutrition labels and avoid foods with the words partially hydrogenated oil on the ingredient list. They mean the food contains trans fats. Food & Fun key messages in Unit 4 You need to eat fat to keep your body healthy, but not all fats are the same. Fats from fish, nuts, and seeds area healthy for your body. Limit fats from animal sources like butter, whole milk, and red meat. Do not eat trans fats found in fast food like French fries and baked goods like cookies.

19 Whole grains Food & Fun Training: Part 1 Environmental Standard When serving grains (like bread, crackers, and cereals), serve whole grains Why is it important? Whole grains contain fiber, vitamins, and healthy fats They can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes Whole grains help you feel full longer Suggested strategy Select bread, crackers, and cereals that list a whole grain at the first ingredient. Examples are whole wheat, barley, oats, and rye. Food & Fun key messages in Unit 5 Whole grains are important because they help you feel full longer and make your body healthy. Eat whole grains (like whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat crackers, and brown rice) instead of refined grains (like white bread, muffins, pasta, and white rice) whenever possible.

20 Staying active Food & Fun Training: Part 1 Environmental Standard Provide all children with at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day Offer 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity at least 3 days per week Why is it important? Kids 6-17 years old need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day Regular physical activity is important for preventing chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis Suggested strategy Schedule at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day Food & Fun key messages in Units 2 & 9 Moving your body is fun and helps your body be healthy and strong All types of activities like playing, dancing, and sports are good for you Do something active every day Doing activities that make you sweat and breathe hard will make you strong and keep your bones and heart healthy

21 Staying active Food & Fun Training: Part 1 Environmental Standard Eliminate broadcast and cable TV and movies Limit computer time to less than 1 hour each day Why is it important? Kids should spend no more than 2 hours each day watching TV, playing video games, or surfing the internet. Screentime can lead to overeating, less physical activity, and overweight TV watching may influence kids to make unhealthy food choices because they see a lot of ads for foods that are high in sugars and calories Suggested strategy Try new indoor active games or an arts and crafts project if weather limits outdoor play time Food & Fun key messages in Unit 8 Moving your body keeps you fit Do something active instead of watching TV, playing video games, or spending time on the computer

22 Food & Fun Training Videos Guide staff through the curriculum units, behavior goals, key messages & ways to engage families Each 10 minute video includes demonstrations of several activities being implemented in afterschool programs Food & Fun also has a YouTube station where you can view all of our training videos 6 segments highlight the main topics of Food & Fun: 1: Introduction 2: Fruits and Vegetables 3: Physical Activity and Screen Time 4: Water 5: Healthy and Unhealthy Fats 6: Whole Grains Part 1: Training Trainers

23 Food & Fun Online Staff can access all Food & Fun activities and resources for free at foodandfun.orgfoodandfun.org Site was developed in summer 2011 & is continually updated Learn section: program staff can access the 11 teaching units, handouts for families, info on the health standards Parents can access our Food, Fun and Family resources in the Learn section for ideas for healthy eating & activity at home The Change section has tools to help staff & parents assess how healthy their program & home environments are Staff will also find tip sheets for making healthy changes and guides on changing program policy in the Change section. Part 1: Training Trainers

24 Getting Started at your Program Food & Fun Training: Part 1 Training resourcesWhere to find them Training slidesRight here! Change section of foodandfun.org Training videosChange section of foodandfun.org Food & Fun Video Channel on YouTube Food & Fun Facilitators GuideChange section of foodandfun.org Getting Staff on BoardLearn section of foodandfun.org About GuideLearn section of foodandfun.org Environmental Standards for Nutrition and Physical Activity in Out-of-School Time Programs Learn section of foodandfun.org Key Messages for StaffFirst webpage of each unit in Learn section of foodandfun.org Page 4 of each unit on CD Healthy Places Health Kids posterChange section of foodandfun.org Tip sheets & quick guidesChange section of foodandfun.org Policy Writing guideChange section of foodandfun.org

25 Your Assignment... Spend 15 minutes brainstorming & planning for how to use Food & Fun at your program Try out the curriculum at your program Share what you learned with other staff at your program Report anything you try out on the monthly Nutrition & Physical Activity Planning Tool Food & Fun Training: Part 1

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