ERIC Number: ED208184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-11
Reference Count: 0
Nutrition Education in the Classroom: Project SNACK (Sharing Nutritional Awareness through Curriculum for Kids, K-6).
Funded under the Nutrition Education and Training Program, Michigan's Project SNACK (Sharing Nutritional Awareness through Curriculum for Kids, K-6) is an adaptable model of nutrition education that focuses on staff development (trainer of trainers) involving the infusion of nutrition education into the regular classroom curriculum. During the 1978-79 school year, the school food service director, teachers, food service employees and noon aides from three schools in Macomb County received training in nutrition concepts and activities. The teachers subsequently trained other teachers in each of their buildings in a halfday inservice workshop. Based upon this experience, the teachers developed a Nutrition Education Curriculum that included activities for integrating nutrition education into other subject areas. Through consolidation of training techniques based on this experience, and using the trainer of trainers model, Project SNACK spread to other schools during the next two years, having an impact on a total of 2,670 students, 89 classroom teachers, and two food service directors during 1980-81. Pre- and posttests of students and measures of nutrition concepts by teachers all demonstrated significantly positive results in knowledge gained. Project SNACK has demonstrated that the trainer of trainers model is practical and beneficial for infusing nutrition education in elementary schools and should be maintained and disseminated to other interested schools and school districts. (KC)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Information Dissemination, Inservice Teacher Education, Learning Activities, Nutrition, Nutrition Instruction, Program Development, Program Implementation, Teacher Educator Education, Teacher Educators, Teaching Experience, Training Methods, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan (Macomb County); Nutrition Education Program; Project SNACK
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) (San Diego, CA, August 11, 1981) and the Michigan Reading Association (25th, Grand Rapids, MI, March 8-10, 1981).