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Educating children to make healthy food choices and engage in physical activity

to reduce the incidence of obesity and promote lifelong health


 

Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Enrichment

CATCH

The Coordinated Approach to Childhood Health (CATCH) physical education curriculum is designed to promote healthful behaviors in school-aged children and reduce their subsequent risk of cardiovascular disease.  The program consists of 20 lessons focusing on non-competitive physical activity for elementary and middle school-aged children.  Each hour-long program engages kids and includes a warm-up, fitness activity and cool-down session.  Children move at their own pace and have fun.

To learn more about the CATCH program, contact Amy Souders, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at 614-341-8041 or ASouders@ChildrensHungerAlliance.org.

Food Folks Nutrition

The Food Folks nutrition education curriculum consists of 12 hands-on lessons focusing on healthy behaviors for elementary school-aged children. Each one-hour lesson includes information on basic nutrition concepts, the hands-on preparation of a healthy snack, a learning activity and physical activity that reinforce the nutrition concepts. After the lessons are complete, family members and caregivers are invited to attend a family night where they play games, enjoy a healthy meal or snack and exhibit what they have learned as a result of attending the program.

To view the Food Folks Curriculum, visit the Access Services page or click here.

To learn more about the Food Folks program, contact Amy Souders, AmeriCorps Program Manager, at 614-643-8041 or ASouders@ChildrensHungerAlliance.org.

 

Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools

To help curb childhood obesity, we developed Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools, a five-year anti-obesity initiative targeting middle school students. Children’s Hunger Alliance, in partnership with the American Dairy Association Mideast and Ohio Action for Healthy Kids, developed the initiative to make sustainable changes in both student behaviors and school wellness environments.

The program’s objectives include:

 - To increase participation in the federal School Breakfast Program;

 - To improve the nutritional quality of food served in all school-based venues;

 - To empower students to make healthy choices through Fuel Up to Play 60, an interactive youth-led program promoting healthy living; and

 - To create sustainable healthy school environments by providing resources and technical assistance to schools in developing effective wellness policies and strong community partnerships.

This effort combines the American Dairy Association Mideast's (ADA) successful in-school health and fitness programs and Children's Hunger Alliance's (CHA) school meal expertise with Ohio Action for Healthy Kids (OAFHK) community connections to create a focused, impactful, and well-rounded approach to improving the health of Ohio's school children.

To learn more about the Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools, view related materials, or complete the School Breakfast online interest form, visit the Access Services page.

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Adult Nutrition Education

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

Recognizing that adult household members shop, select and prepare food for children in the home environment, Children's Hunger Alliance works to offer nutrition and healthy living classes to adults.  Our classes educate adults on healthy foods choices for their families. Stand alone or class series of lessons are offered to churches, food banks, shelters, as well as schools, community centers and other locations where primarily caregivers of low-income children congregate. Classes are tailored to best meet the locations needs and requests.

For resources regarding the Healthy Families, Healthy Communities program, visit the Access Services page.

Or, for more information, contact Shelby Sutphen RD, LD, Nutrition Education Manager, at 614-643-8048 or ssutphen@childrenshungeralliance.org.