Promoting healthy lifestyles for children & families

Resources

Taking Action Together: Overview and Curriculum

Taking Action Together (TAT) is a YMCA-based, multi-disciplinary program designed to reduce type 2 diabetes risk among low-income overweight African American children, 9-11 years of age. The TAT curriculum is designed to be administered outside of school hours, such as at after-school programs, in a group setting to up 16 students by one adult leader and a minimum of one assistant.

Brochures: Asian Language Nutrition and Physical Activity - Cambodian, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Vietnamese, English

The Asian Language Nutrition and Physical Activity Brochures project published a series of culturally sensitive and relevant educational materials that can help immigrant parents understand how they can adapt to a new environment and food supply in a way that will foster the health and welfare of their children.

Fit Families Novela Series: For Parents Who Want the Best for Their Families - English, Spanish Toolkit

The Fit Families Novela Series: For Parents Who Want the Best for Their Families is an innovative bilingual toolkit created for health professionals working with parents who have young children. The video and print fotonovelas are designed to stimulate discussion on how to create healthy snacks, increase physical activity, and limit TV watching.

If My Child is Overweight, What Should I Do About It?

If My Child is Overweight, What Should I Do About It? is a booklet by Joanne Ikeda, MA, RD, Cooperative Extension Nutrition Specialist. This colorful how-to guide is for parents who have a child who is overweight.

Children and Weight: What Communities Can Do

The Children and Weight: What Communities Can Do Resource Kit is a "how-to" guide offering technical assistance to community leaders who wish to launch a local task force dedicated to reducing childhood overweight.

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Childhood and Adolescent Obesity in America: What's a Parent to Do?

Childhood and Adolescent Obesity in America: What's a Parent to Do? by Betty Holmes, MS, RD., University of Wyoming Extension 4-H Youth Specialist, is a 12-page booklet that provides an overview of size acceptance, normal and healthy eating, the importance of physical activity, the failure of dieting and successful strategies for parents of overweight children.

Community Gardening Toolkit

Download or order the Community Gardening Toolkit and accompanying Gardeners' Welcome Packet from the University of Missouri Extension website. Topics covered in the toolkit include:

• What is a community garden?
• Starting a community garden
• From idea to action — Ten steps to success

Creating Healthy Families (DVD) - English, Spanish

In four short video segments, this DVD shares ideas for selecting healthy foods when shopping, cooking with children and appropriate serving sizes, planning a family meal at a restaurant and healthy snack choices. A great resource for parents as well as professionals working with parents. Each segment is presented in English and in Spanish.

EatFit Teacher's Curriculum and Student Workbook: 4th Edition

This best selling curriculum is newly revised! Designed to improve the eating and fitness choices of middle school students, it includes 9 lesson plans and enhancements, recipes, educational standards, references, and answer sheets for the EatFit Student Workbook. Both resources are available for order from this page.

The curriculum also includes nutrition basics; web-based diet analysis; and information about energy and calories, label reading, exercise, fast food, the importance of breakfast, and a look at how media can influence food choices and body image.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a partnership of the University of California, the USDA, county governments and California residents. This program is the main outreach and public service branch of UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources for low- income families and youth. EFNEP is administered by the county UC Cooperative Extension offices.