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Almost one-quarter of America’s preschoolers (ages 2-5) are overweight or obese today.  And this predicts a lifetime of obesity and health problems.

No wonder that most Early Care & Education (ECE) staff want to learn more effective ways to encourage healthy eating in young children.  Yet, only about 1/3 of licensed child care programs even have a nutrition policy.

Two scientists and two ECE professionals wrote a book on just this topic, Rethinking Nutrition, connecting the science of nutrition and child development with practical ideas for child care staff.  Now the book has been turned into 4 two-hour, interactive, skill building workshops, suitable for training ECE professionals.  These materials are free and easy for any workshop leader to use.

Specific topics include

  • How children learn to prefer or dislike particular foods.
  • How we can help them try and adopt new foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
  • How to make mealtimes pleasant for everyone.
  • How to avoid added sugars, and increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • How children learn to share, control their behavior, and even develop some of their pre-literacy skills at the meal table.
  • How to develop a nutrition policy for an early care & education program, and why it’s a good idea to do so.

Logic Model of Intended Objectives

Learning Activities and Objectives