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    Kids Growing Healthy

    A program designed for 5th grade students in Tarrant County. This program offers four free, interactive sessions and a two- to three-month follow-up evaluation to identify changes in daily nutrition and physical activity behaviors. The students will maintain a nutrition/physical activity journal during the duration of the lessons to reflect on class activities and daily behaviors.

    The outline for the program lessons are as follows:
     

    Lesson 1: THE FOODS WE EAT
    • Importance of healthy foods, nutrients in foods, understanding calories, and choosemyplate.gov food groups


    Lesson 2: FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
    • Color groups of fruits and vegetables, importance of variety, five-a-day, serving sizes


    Lesson 3: FAST FOOD AND SNACK FOOD
    • Defining "fast food," healthier selections when eating "fast food," balancing food choices, reading food labels, snacking healthy


    Lesson 4: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, HEART HEALTH & DIABETES
    • Understanding what physical activity is, different types of aerobic activity, relationship between physical activity and prevention of chronic diseases.


     FOLLOW-UP EVALUATION
    • Survey conducted two to three months after program completion to measure what information the students remember from the lessons. The folllow up evaluation also measures lifestyle and behavior changes.