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Nutrition Education Program

Curriculum Resources for Educators

Preschool-Age Children

Keystone Kids Go!
This is an initiative in Pennsylvania focused on improving young children's nutrition and physical activity. the initiative is targeted towards early childhood practitioners from childcare, Head Start, early intervention, family literacy, and pre-kindergarten programs. Keystone Kids Go! was created by the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Education, and Public Welfare, in partnership with:

Tuscarora Intermediate Unit
Penn State Cooperative Extension
Family Literacy Programs
Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Network
Head Start State Collaboration Office  

Keystone Color Me Healthy (KCMH), one component of Keystone Kids Go, is based on the original Color Me Healthy program developed in North Carolina, KCMH provides early childhood practitioners with resources and materials to teach preschoolers that healthy eating and movement are fun! For more information about Keystone Kids Go and receiving KCMH training, please visit the Keystone Kids Go website.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, has received a USDA CACFP Wellness Grant and is providing mini-grants to 200 child care facilities in Pennsylvania to implement the Pennsylvania Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (PA NAP SACC) intervention as a way to improve their nutrition and physical activity environments. List of the 200 child care centers receiving CACFP Wellness mini-grants (PDF).

I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) is a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in young children birth to five within Early Care and Education settings. IMIL has 3 overall goals for building lifelong healthy preferences:

  1. Increase the quantity of time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) within daily routines to meet national guidelines (120 minutes daily for preschool children)
  2. Improve the quality of movement experiences intentionally planned and facilitated by informed and participating adults, including teachers and parents
  3. Promote healthy food choices every day for children, teachers, and parents

The interactive and high-energy training is infused with ideas, strategies, lively music, and resources for embedding quality physical movement experiences and healthy nutrition choices within the existing curricula of Early Care and Education programs. Visit the PA KEY online Calendar for more information about the I am Moving I am Learning training sessions available in your region.

Training Resources for Food Service Personnel

Project Pennsylvania

Project PA is a comprehensive, multi year training plan for School Food Service Directors to promote compliance with the School Meals Initiative (SMI) for Healthy Children. Project PA provides hands on training in food purchasing and preparation techniques that follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The initiative helped ensure that schools offer healthy foods based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Project PA also produced and aired two teleconferences that provided further training for Food Service Directors about SMI requirements.

Project PA conducts interactive training workshops for school food service staff regionally and through statewide distance learning. The project includes partnerships with the Pennsylvania State University, the National Food Service Managment Institute. Team Nutrition Training (TNT) Grants support additional training in computer skills, including nutrient analysis. For more information, visit the Project PA website.