Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives Offers Free Instructional Materials for Nutrition Education
According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 12.5 million children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese in the United States, and the global prevalence of obesity-related diseases among adolescents continues to be a growing concern among health care professionals and parents alike. In an effort to undermine the rising rates of childhood obesity, whole child partner National Education Association's Health Information Network (NEA HIN) and Nestlé in the United States are providing free instructional materials that support educators' ongoing efforts to teach students in grades K–3 about healthy living through a program called Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives.
Now aligned with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new generation food icon MyPlate, the third edition of Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives includes activities that address multiple learning styles and use a mixture of grouping structures that encourage students to think healthy, eat healthy, and move healthy. The program is also tied to national curriculum standards in all academic content areas for grades K–3 and helps educators incorporate the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans into their classrooms.
The Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives kit features 14 instructional activities, a MyPlate poster that offers visual examples of healthy living, and food cards that identify the five food groups. Each lesson also features a modifications section, which enables educators to tailor the activities for their classrooms. Additional components, including Healthy Family Connection sheets and National Curriculum Standards Tie-In Charts, are available online.
The Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives materials are available online at www.nestleusa.com/healthysteps and www.neahin.org/healthysteps. For free printed copies of the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives kit, please e-mail email@example.com.