Childhood Obesity Prevention

There is increasing concern about childhood obesity and the associated risks for future problems. More than 25% of American children are overweight by the age of six. Excess weight increases children’s risk for health problems like heart disease and diabetes, and is linked to social and emotional challenges including low self-esteem and depression.

It is critical to help children develop healthy habits early. Healthy Al, Healthy Me equips early childhood educators with effective tools that help young children establish these habits that can last a life time. The curriculum teaches about healthy eating and the importance of physical activity. The program uses brainstorming, movement, games, stories, music, and basic scientific discovery and can be used in a variety of early childhood settings including school, child care, Head Start, and after-school programs.

Healthy Al, Healthy Me is based on the 5-2-1-0 health model. The program provides easy-to-use lessons and activities which incorporate these daily guidelines recommended by health experts:

5 – fruits and vegetables

2 – hours or less of screen time (TV, computer, tablets, smart phones, etc.)

1 – hour or more of physical activity

0 – sugary drinks, more water and milk

Practical information is provided to support educators and families in helping children learn to make healthy choices.