Healthy Kids in Tennessee: 
Let's Eat Well and Play Every Day!
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Program Overview

Why Target Preschool Children and Their Families?

  • Statistics are unfavorable for childhood obesity, low consumption of fruits and vegetables, lack of physical activity, and other chronic health conditions and unhealthy behavior.

  • Health habits are instilled at an early age and are much harder to change when we become adults.

  • In Tennessee, the Coordinated School Health Program does an excellent job with children of school age, but there are limited resources for the preschool ages - until NOW!

  • Starting education early makes sense, and the A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee: Let's Eat Well and Play Every Day program and its partner program, Gold Sneaker, can help!

The Details

The A-B-C-1-2-3 Healthy Kids in Tennessee: Let's Eat Well and Play Every Day program is designed to provide materials and activities to supplement efforts already taking place in the classroom of childcare providers of children ages 3-5 relative to active play/fitness, nutrition, and healthy living. While the program can be used as a stand-alone curriculum, it was specifically designed for integration into existing healthy living activities and programming, allowing childcare providers opportunities to utilize new resources and materials without duplicating efforts already being made in the classroom.

The program is based on 2007-2011 pilot studies in multiple childcare centers, including an in-depth field study in two childcare centers during 2010. The program has been modified based on outcomes from the pilot sites and fields studies as well as feedback from expert reviewers as part of Vanderbilt University's Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

The Basics

The GOAL of the program is to provide education and increase awareness in:childcare providers, children ages 3-5, and their families in the areas of healthy eating and active play.

The program is designed to be implemented over a 12-week period and provides classroom activities as well as take-home resources for parents that may be done as a family. Activities can be done in as little as 30-45
minutes per day and can be tailored to each teacher's individual lesson plan.

Online training materials are available.
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