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EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum Overview with We Can! Messages

CMOM's EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum We Can! Messages
1. My Five Senses: Families use their five senses to understand how to listen to their body’s nutrition and physical activity needs. Importance of food choices

Build a food vocabulary and knowledge base
2. GO, SLOW, WHOA: Families learn the three We Can! food categories and how to recognize foods that are better choices for a healthy body. GO foods should be eaten often; SLOW foods should be eaten sometimes; and WHOA foods should be eaten sparingly

Limit the availability and accessibility of high-fat, high-calorie/low nutrient foods in the home

Increase availability and accessibility of healthy foods in the home

Balance energy in and energy out

Limit the availability and accessibility of sugar- sweetened beverages

3. Fabulous Fruits: Families learn the importance of eating a variety of fruit every day as they learn to categorize, count, and sort fruit choices. Eat a variety of fruit daily

Increase availability and accessibility of healthy foods in the home

Limit the availability and accessibility of high-fat, high-calorie/low nutrient foods

4. Move To The Beat: Families learn the importance of physical activity and are introduced to heart health through music, rhythm, and physical activity. Engage in 60 min. moderate activity on most, preferably all, days of the week

Reduce sedentary activity

Limit screen time to less than 2 hours daily

5. Energy Balance: To attain a healthy weight, families learn energy in (foods eaten) must balance with energy out (physical activity). Engage in 60 min. moderate activity on most, preferably all, days of the week

Reduce sedentary activity

Limit screen time to less than 2 hours daily

Decrease intake of WHOA and SLOW foods

Increase intake of GO foods

6. I Love My veggies!: Families learn the importance of eating vegetables every day as they explore color, textures, and patterns, and learn new vocabulary. Eat a variety of vegetables daily

Increase availability and accessibility of healthy foods in the home

Limit the availability and accessibility of high-fat, high-calorie/low nutrient foods

7. Perfect Portion: Families learn the important connection between portion control and healthy meals. Limit intake of high-fat and energy-dense foods that are low in nutrients

Control portion sizes

Sufficient fruit and vegetable intake per day

Drink water and fat-free or low-fat milk instead of sugar-sweetened beverages

8. Dem Bones: Families are introduced to the skeletal system and the importance of calcium to build strong bones. Drink fat-free or low-fat milk instead of sugar- sweetened beverages

Eat a variety of vegetables daily

Engage in 60 min. moderate activity on most, preferably all, days of the week

Reduce sedentary activity

Limit screen time to less than 2 hours daily

9. Healthy Beverages Families discover the benefits of drinking fat-free or low-fat milk and water instead of sweetened beverages. Water and fat-free or low-fat milk instead of sugar- sweetened beverages

Limit the availability and accessibility of sugar- sweetened beverages

10. Smart Sleep! Families learn that developing a healthy sleep routine is as important as proper nutrition and physical activity. Not an official We Can! message, but considered by the NIH to be an important health topic for families
11. Family Meal A chef-led class provides strategies for creating an easy, well-balanced, affordable meal, and a positive meal time environment. Limit intake of high-fat and high-calorie foods that are low in nutrients

Limit the availability and accessibility of sugar- sweetened beverages

Control portion sizes

Increase availability and accessibility of healthy foods in the home

Limit the availability and accessibility of high-fat, high-calorie/low nutrient foods in the home

 

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NIH Publication No. 13-7818
April 2013

Last Updated: November 8, 2013

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