Why Nutrition and Physical Activity Education?
Since the establishment of the Health Education program in 2014, Health Educators have currently conducted 9 focus groups across the community at various organizations including churches, schools, Among their focus group findings, a need for community nutrition and physical activity education addressed. In Christian County, 63% of the population is considered overweight or obese and 19% of the population eats less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. With increased numbers for diabetes and heart disease in Christian County, the need for education is evident. Health educators have researched and established a collection of evidence-based programming for ages Pre-K through Senior Adults equipping participants with the necessary tools needed to support a healthy lifestyle.
Color Me Healthy- Grades Prek-K
Color Me Healthy is a program developed to reach children ages four and five with fun, interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating.
Serving Up MyPlate -Grades 1-6
Serving Up MyPlate is a curriculum that can be taught in a series or as a single session program integrating nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.
Eat Healthy, Be Active - Adults
This collection of 6 workshops can be conducted in a series or as standalone presentations. Topics include Enjoy Healthy Food that Tastes Great, Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks, Eating Healthy on a Budget, Tips for Losing Weight, Making Healthy Eating a Part of Your LIfestyle, and Physical Activity is the Key to Living Well.
MOVE! Toward a Healthier You
Although designed for veterans, this program is appropriate for various community groups. MOVE! is an 8 week national weight management program designed by the VA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off, and improve their health.
Fit Together Project–Friends and Family
Participants work in small groups of their existing friends and family to learn easy and practical ways to eat healthier, become more active, and take control of their health conditions.
Eat Smart Live Strong - Senior Population
The four sessions in this kit are designed for able-bodied, independent, older adults 60 to 74 years of age. They promote specific eating and physical activity behaviors shown to improve health and well-being. Topics include: Reach Your Goals, Step By Step, Challenges and Solutions, Colorful and Classic Favorites, and Eat Smart, Spend Less.
The Great Heart Adventure - All Ages
Think of the Heart Adventure Challenge Course as a larger-than-life science lesson that’ll amaze participants. Acts as a fantastic journey, moving participants through the heart’s four chambers in a fitness course that’s specifically designed to be more than mere physical activity. Participants receive a general understanding of the heart, and the vital role exercise plays in their lives.
Physical Activity Workshops-All Ages
Health educators conduct single session workshops that include physical activity to get participants up and moving as well as provide participants with tips and tools to make healthy food and physical activity choices. Activities include: Obstacle courses, parachute activities, etc.
Participants explore health topics through fun-filled bingo games that encourage healthy habits. Games include Nutrition Bingo, Chair Activity Bingo, and much, much more!