Nutrition Programs, Publications, and Resources
Creating Healthy Families DVDs
In four separate video segments, this DVD shares ideas for selecting healthy foods when shopping, cooking with children and appropriate serving sizes, planning a family meal at a restaurant and healthy snack choices. A great resource for parents and professionals working with parents. Titles include: Cooking Together, Eating on the Go, Go With a Plan and Smart Snacking. DVDs can be ordered online under the Home and Family category at: www.anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu.
Children & Weight: What Communities Can Do
This resource kit is a “how-to” guide for community leaders who want to launch a local task force dedicated to reducing childhood overweight. Kit includes up-to-date information and statistics on childhood overweight, guidelines for mapping community resources and setting task force goals and objectives, and extensive list of print and electronic resources on childhood overweight, and Make a Change, an inspiring video that shows different ways local communities have mobilized to combat childhood overweight. This Item can be purchased through the UC Cooperative Extension,
Children & Weight: What’s a Parent to Do
This 12-minute video and companion publications (If my Child is Overweight, What should I Do About It?, Food Choices for Good Health, and Children and Weight: What’s a Parent to Do?) emphasizes the importance of building self-esteem in an overweight child; how good eating habits and more activity help overweight children grow into their weight. A great educational tool for nutrition professionals working with children and parents. This Item can be purchased through the UC Cooperative Extension,
Eat Fit Teacher’s Curriculum
This curriculum is designed to improve the eating and fitness choices of middle-school adolescents. The curriculum consists of nine lesson plans, lesson enhancements, recipes, educational standards, references, answer sheets for the student workbook, and web-based diet analysis. This Item can be purchased through the UC Cooperative Extension,
Eat Smart. Play Hard.™
Staying fit and eating healthy can be fun! A new program in
Eat Smart. Play Hard.
The 6-week English/Spanish Eat Smart. Play Hard.
During the coming year, the program will be modified based on participant feedback and evaluations. Once completed, training will be available to local agencies interested in incorporating the Eat Smart. Play Hard.
The program was developed by Shirley Peterson, Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Advisor with UC Cooperative Extension in
The Fit Families Novela Series
A bilingual kit for health professionals working with parents of young children. Using characters that are struggling to make improvements in their own families’ eating habits, the videos and novelas help parents see how small changes can make a big difference. This Item can be purchased through the UC Cooperative Extension,
Let’s Get Moving
A resource kit that introduces quick and easy ways to incorporate short bursts of physical activity into the daily routine of kids ages 2-7. Includes a training video and activity cards. This Item can be purchased through the UC Cooperative Extension,
The Lunch Box Series: Packing Healthy Take-Along Lunches for Preschool Children
Thanks to local funding from First 5 Commission of San Luis Obispo County, this program was developed to educate and motivate parents to pack nutritious and safe lunches for their preschool children. Working with nine local preschools, our staff identified the following nutritional and food safety concerns regarding brown bag lunches children bring from home:
More than half of the lunches contain 3 or less food groups.
8 out of 10 lunches include low-nutrient foods.
Fruit Drinks are the most common low- nutrient food.
Less than 1 in 5 lunches include a vegetable.
Almost a quarter of all lunches could become unsafe before they are eaten.
Additionally, parents have indicated that their concerns regarding packing their children’s lunches center around including foods their children prefer, variety, nutrition, and time.
To address these concerns, educational pamphlets, in English and Spanish, have been developed to assist parents in packing nutritious, safe, and appealing lunches for their preschool children. All preschools and family child care centers in
The Lunch Box (English)
Healthy Lunches for Preschool Children
Learning From Labels
Safe Lunches for Preschool Children
Appealing Lunches for Preschool Children
15 Take-along Lunches for Preschool Children
La Lonchera (Spanish)
Almuerzos Saludables para Ninos Preescolares
Aprendamos de las Etiquetas de los Alimentos
Como Empacar Almuerzos Seguros para Ninos Preescolares
Almuerzos Apetitosos para Nino Preescolares
15 - Almuerzos para Llevar para Ninos Preescolares
For additional information, contact Shirley Peterson at (805) 781-5951.
Professional In-Service Training
Several times yearly, health-related professionals are offered in-service training opportunities in
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