Children’s Hunger Alliance educates and engages children and families in healthy food choices and physical activity.
Our Nutrition Education team helps in-home child care providers learn how to plan meals and offer healthy food options to the children in their care.
Children’s Hunger Alliance also certifies providers in the Ohio Healthy Programs, which ensures providers offer children in their care fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and more.
At afterschool and summer nutrition programs, we offer training, tips and programming to help children make healthy food choices and engage them in physical activity.
Children’s Hunger Alliance also provides free nutrition and healthy living classes to adults and families.
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.
Ohio Healthy Programs
Children’s Hunger Alliance works with family child care providers to create healthy environments where children learn to make healthy food choices and engage in physical activity through the Ohio Healthy Programs for the Family Child Care Provider. Ohio Healthy Programs training curriculum comes from Healthy Children, Healthy Weights, which was created in 2004 by Columbus Public Health and is designed to prevent childhood overweight and obesity by promoting healthy weight and growth in all children ages birth to five years old.
Healthy Children, Healthy Weights was originally piloted at Head Start Centers in Columbus. In 2015, the Ohio Department of Health began a partnership with Children’s Hunger Alliance supporting the Healthy Children, Healthy Weights curriculum to train family child care providers on understanding and incorporating healthy eating and active living into their home based day care centers, impacting more than 1,000 children across the state of Ohio.
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.