What is the Color Me Healthy Program?
Color Me Healthy was developed to reach preschool age children with fun, interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating. It is designed to stimulate all of the senses of young children; touch, smell, sight, sound, and, of course, taste. Through the use of color, music, and exploration of the senses, Color Me Healthy teaches children that healthy food and physical activity are fun.
How does the Program work?
Our program provides teachers and child care providers the opportunity to use evidence based curricula to enforce nutrition messages designed to support the increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. Our train the train model will supports providers in their efforts to incorporate nutrition based education into their programs.
The Color Me Healthy (CMH) training has resulted in pervious outcomes of a reported 90% of children, as perceived by their teachers, to have improved recognition of fruits and vegetables. Additionally 78% of teachers who use the CMH materials report that the children they work with are willing to try new fruits and vegetables.
The Color Me Healthy Curriculum comes complete with lesson plans, picture cards, and a CD. Preschool teachers who participate in our program have a vested interest in providing high quality nutrition education and physical activity programs. Participants are required of the following:
- Deliver up to 10 circle time and/or imagination trip lessons
- Provide monthly newsletters and recipes to parents
- Agree to two site observations from a UWTSA staff on the use of the CMH curriculum
- CMH teachers report back to the United Way Nutrition Department on monthly basis, including the “wagon full of fun” parent list