The Culture of Wellness Nutrition Education Program is a creative, fun, and experiential way for children to learn about healthy eating and incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives. The lessons involve food preparation and tasting while reinforcing Colorado’s Early Learning Framework to promote school readiness standards in a variety of disciplines. The Culture of Wellness Nutrition Education Program also offers nutrition education to the entire family through healthy recipes and newsletters. The goals of the program are to 1) increase fruit and vegetable consumption, 2) improve children’s willingness to try new foods and 3) encourage and foster healthy eating in preschool-aged children.  Our innovative program reinforces Head Start Performance Standards, utilizes classroom teachers to increase student reach and impact, and promotes connections between classroom and home to improve health messaging.

COWP lessons


INEP lessons


Outcomes


79%

Of teachers believe their preschool children are more knowledgeable about healthy eating and nutrition.

85%

Of teachers believe their preschool children are more willing to experiment and try new foods.

84%

Of teachers believe their preschool children are more willing to select fruit & vegetables at snacks and meal times.

68%

Of teachers believe their preschool children are more confident in preparing food with help from an adult.

Testimonials


The kids loved it! They asked me if we could do it [the nutrition lesson] again another day.

Teacher

Jefferson County Head Start
children sitting around table of fruit
The kids loved it! They asked me if we could do it [the nutrition lesson] again another day.

Teacher

Jefferson County Head Start
The kids loved it! They asked me if we could do it [the nutrition lesson] again another day.

Teacher

Jefferson County Head Start
child with hands up smiling at camera
The kids loved it! They asked me if we could do it [the nutrition lesson] again another day.

Teacher

Jefferson County Head Start