Quest 4 A Healthier You
This program utilizes the Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness curriculum from Cornell University and can be used during the school year as an activity during school, an after school program or even as a day camp during the summer.
Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness is aimed at 8-12-year-olds and targets those behaviors research shows to be most important for preventing childhood obesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
The curriculum also supports key messages of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as summarized by USDA in their MyPlate initiative to help Americans build healthier diets:
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Make at least half of your grains whole grains
- Enjoy your food, but eat less
- Avoid oversized portions
Students will participate in the following six lessons:
- Drink Low-Fat Milk and Water Instead of Sweetened Drinks
- Eat a Rainbow! Eat More Vegetables and Fruits
- Read it Before You Eat It! The Nutrition Facts Label
- Make Half Your Grains Whole! Eat More Whole Grains
- Healthier Foods – Fast: Eat Fewer High-Fat and High-Sugar Foods
- Power Up Your Day
In each lesson, students will
- Play active games to learn and experience fun ways to be more active including active alternatives to screen time.
- Prepare and taste the food, taking away ideas for healthy snacks and meals, with recipes that can be sent home.
- Set goals for healthy eating.
For more information about using this program in your school or club, please contact your local 4-H Agent in the County Extension Office Link.