ERIC Number: ED368477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Developing and Implementing an Effective Nutrition and Fitness Program for Kindergarten/First-Grade Students through Hands-On and Community Resources.
Kaplan, Brenda M.
A practicum developed and implemented a nutrition and fitness program for 90 kindergarten and first-grade students in an urban elementary school. The program was designed to make parents, teachers, and students more aware of nutrition and physical fitness requirements for proper growth and development. The 33-week program included: (1) pretest parent and student surveys; (2) parent and teacher workshops; (3) classroom lessons and field trips on various food groups and types; (4) lessons on nutrition; (5) exercise activities; (6) meal preparation sessions; (7) a poster contest and fitness-health fair; (8) a parent breakfast planned and prepared by the students; and (9) a posttest parent and student survey. A comparison of pre- and postintervention survey results indicated a significant increase in the number of the students who would choose healthy foods for meals and snacks and liked to exercise. The data also revealed that parents became more aware of their children's nutrition and fitness needs after the program. (Nine appendixes contain copies of the pre- and posttest surveys, names and addresses of television networks, introductory and thank-you letters to parents, a list of nutritious snacks, and sample recipes. Contains 35 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Child Health, Cooking Instruction, Elementary School Students, Exercise, Foods Instruction, Grade 1, Kindergarten, Nutrition, Nutrition Instruction, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Parents, Physical Fitness, Primary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Surveys
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.