|Description:||The “Smart Foods Rock” Curriculum consists of eleven behaviorally focused lessons teaching children the basics of nutrition including learning about a healthy breakfast and healthy snacks. The sequence of lessons help children learn proper hand washing prior to handling food samples distributed in class as part of most lessons. |
During the twelve weeks, children learn the importance of eating a healthy diet through interactive, behaviorally focused activities and discussion. The eleven lessons along with pre and post tests are grounded in the 2005 Dietary Guidelines and the MyPyramid guidance system for kids.
The “Smart Foods Rock” lessons start with “Clean Hands” and then features a general lesson on MyPyramid followed by lessons on each food group including “Milk”, Grains”, “Vegetables”, “Fruit” and “Meat & Beans”. Then two lessons on “Breakfast” and “Healthy Snacks” along with two additional lessons on “Apples” and “Citrus” give children information on how fruits are grown and harvested, along with their nutritional value in a healthy diet. Emphasis is placed on liking and choosing healthy foods over those that are high in sugar, fats and calories. Kids receive reinforcement of food groups and food sources through worksheets that include puzzles, word searches, crossword puzzles, matching and identification of nutrients on food labels.
Lessons fit NJ Core Curriculum for 2nd up to 4th graders for 2.1 standards for Wellness including A. Personal Health B. Nutrition and D. Diseases and Health Conditions. Worksheets are categorized for 2nd, 3rd or can be used by both grade levels. Lessons discuss how healthy eating provides energy, helps to maintain a healthy weight, lowers risk for disease and keeps the body systems working. Lessons provide a minimum of 45 minutes of learning including tastings, demonstrations, creative work sheets and discussion that emphasize reading, writing, math, science, geography and literacy. The lessons include knowledge objectives, behavioral objectives, and life style skills to be learned. Each lesson explains how it is behaviorally focused. The lesson lists the supplies needed, tips for teaching, background information for the paraprofessional educator, pre-preparation needed for the educator, a list of activities within each lesson along with an explanation of each activity and how it is to be taught. Finally, a list of terms that need to be defined for the paraprofessional educator and the adolescents help the educator to prepare thoroughly before teaching.
The curriculum was developed to meet N J Core Curriculum requirements, the requirements of the “High Scope” educational method adopted by school districts in Union County, New Jersey and the NJ 4-H curriculum development requirements. All materials are on a CD for a cost of $ 20.00.
|Ordering Info:||Karen Ensle EdD, RD, FADA, CFCS
Family & Community Health Sciences Educator, Associate Professor
Project Investigator, NJ Food Stamp Program, Union County Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: 908-654-9854 x 2234 Fax: 908-654-9818
|Comments:||This curriculum has been used to teach over 1,200 youth yearly in the FSNE program in Union County the past six years. The curriculum was developed by the Family & Community Health Sciences Educator in partnership with the county FSNE staff including: Janet Brun, RD; FSNE Supervisor; Regina Eitel, Community Coordinator, Jane Daniel, RD, RPh; Ronnie Caravello, Administrative Assistant, Diane Scott, Secretary and Community Assistants: Ebony Braswell, Laura Igarteburu, Maureen Pyne and part-time educators Carmen Romero and Kathleen Malkiewicz. Thanks to Dr. Debra Palmer and Judy Giunta RD, for their input into the curriculum.|