Sprouts Program

Nutrition

Food as Fuel

Our bodies are fueled with nutrients from food. These nutrients are important for every function of the human body. Check out this video and handout about the importance of food choices and how food choices can help keep our bodies healthy!

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Grains: Refined vs. Whole

Learn about the different types of grains and their importance. Discover the difference between a refined grain and a whole grain. Use the handout to track grains that you eat during the week.

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Protein: Building Blocks

What is protein? What foods are a good source of protein? Watch the video to learn about protein and why it is so important.

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Fruits and Vegetables: Eat a Rainbow

Our bodies need at least FIVE servings of fruit and vegetables each day. This video has fun facts about the nutrients that are in many different types of fruits and vegetables. Test your knowledge with “What is the Better Choice?”

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Dairy: Good for the Bones

Do you know what mineral is important for bone health? Watch and learn about the benefits of dairy.

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Fats: Good or Bad?

What is the deal with fat? Are all types of fat bad for you? Do we need fat in our diet? Get these questions answered and more while watching the video.

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Quiz

Take our quiz after watching all the videos and see how you do! Fill out the form at the end of the quiz to be entered in a drawing for a prize. Winners will be chosen every month!

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Exercise Videos

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Mission Statement

The mission of Sprouts, a nonprofit organization, is to provide school age children in underserved communities with nutrition and physical education programs. The goals of the organization is to promote a healthy lifestyle, resulting in the outcome of preventing childhood obesity and associated health related issues lasting into adulthood.

“Growing Strong and Healthy Kids”

Pam Hennawi Teaching CildrenSprouts is a program that teaches nutrition and wellness to children, so they can make the right choices and have a healthier lifestyle. It is part of a larger charity called Skills4Life which is focused on teaching skills to today’s youth that are needed for a healthy and successful life.

The goal of Sprouts is to help kids become better at picking the right foods and maintaining a healthy attitude towards exercise to help improve school performance and prevent childhood obesity and subsequent adult health issues.

We focus on young children with the goal of creating healthy habits early. The curriculum is administered during the school day when their learning abilities are at their best. In classrooms and gyms, interactive and hands on examples and actual exercises are utilized to get the kids excited and interested in the concepts. The instructors and course developers are a certified dietician and exercise trainer. Other outreaches, such as educational posters displayed in the cafeteria, will also be incorporated during the school year to message to the kids in different venues during the school day.

Engaging teachers and parents in the process is key to a successful program that lasts longer then the school day and the school year. Both teachers and parents of the students are informed about the program and asked to participate in various ways. Take home “assignments”, such as handouts from class, are utilized to keep parents in the loop. Teachers are present in the classroom so they can interface with the kids at a later time for questions.

As the program grows, we will continually expand and change our activities as we receive feedback from the children. The goal is to teach the kids so that they can become the best they can be — as teaching a skill lasts a lifetime and THEY are our future.

Sponsored by Skills4Life, a 501 (c) (3) charity.

Contributors

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Sprouts Program contributors.

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