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All 4 Kids

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit program is an interdisciplinary approach to addressing child obesity. Developed by Cooperative Extension faculty from maternal/child nutrition, exercise physiology and child development, the All 4 Kids program helps children meet the Nevada Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Standards while encouraging preschool children and families to practice healthy eating habits and be active every day.

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The child component of the All 4 Kids program consists of 21 (19 in the community setting), 30-minute preschool lessons, taught three times a week for eight weeks by Cooperative Extension staff. Each lesson utilizes dance, a lifetime skill, to introduce children to the specific movements outlined in the Nevada Pre-K Standards in addition to a nutrition concept.

Since young children are dependent on their families to provide their meals and movement opportunities, the All 4 Kids program encourages families to build healthy habits together. Utilizing pre-existing materials, such as locally written and recorded music and dance for children and their parents and SNAP-ED developed books "Tummy Talks" and "TV Moves Me," the All 4 Kids program integrates nutrition and physical activity education into a fun, developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Each week of the program children receive an All 4 Kids Family Pack containing a nutrition activity for the family to complete together. In addition to the family packs, parents and caregivers are invited to attend a monthly family event. Each event has interactive games and a food demonstration for families to try new foods and movement games together. Each family event concludes with children performing the All 4 Kids dances they learned in the preschool lessons. Together families and children learn to be healthy, happy, active and fit.

Issue:

The prevalence of childhood obesity has dramatically increased nationwide. Specifically, 14 percent of Nevadan children less than 5 years of age are overweight. The underlying causes range from genetic propensity to socio-economic, cultural and environmental influences resulting in unhealthful eating and physical activity practices. A person’s relationship with food and physical activity begins in infancy and is molded during childhood. The All 4 Kids program employs the ecological model to address childhood obesity in both the home and childcare environments.

What Has Been Done:

In 2017, 1087 participants were reached through the All 4 Kids program including 737 children and 350 adults (parents and teachers). In the school-based setting 624 preschool children and 229 adults were reached of which 43% were Hispanic and 38% African-American. The program consisted of 4 (21-week) sessions (84 lessons) and 12 family events. In the community setting, 113 preschool children and 121 adults participated, of which 88% were Hispanic. The program consisted of 2 (19-week) sessions (total 38 lessons)

Impact:

When comparing pre- to post-study scores for All 4 Kids participants with a comparison group, signi´Čücantly more intervention (than comparison) preschoolers indicated a preference for healthier foods (P < .006) and an ability to distinguish them from unhealthy foods (P < .03). Overall, participation in All 4 Kids resulted in preschoolers’ increased understanding of healthy foods and changed their stated food preferences.

Following the All 4 Kids program:

  • 93.7% of preschoolers were able to correctly identify food items and 44% were able to correctly distinguish between healthy snacks and unhealthy snacks (with 67% accuracy);
  • 50% of preschoolers demonstrated an increase in all 12 skills at post-test and 79.4% increased their total combined scores (composite score);
  • 50% of adults reported purchasing more fruits and vegetables over the past 2 months;
  • 39.5% reported a decrease in their child drinking sugary-beverages over the past week

Partners:

  • USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Nutrition Education
  • Acelero Learning Clark County
  • Clark County School District
  • Title 1 Schools

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All 4 Kids

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s All 4 Kids: Healthy, Happy, Active, Fit program is an interdisciplinary approach to addressing child obesity. Developed by Cooperative Extension faculty from maternal/child nutrition, exercise physiology and child development, the All 4 Kids program helps children meet the Nevada Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Standards while encouraging preschool children and families to practice healthy eating habits and be active every day.

Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

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Healthy Eating Active Living: Mapping Attributes using Participatory Photographic Surveys (HEAL MAPPS)

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

The Healthy Eating on a Budget program has been integrated into the TANF Work Readiness workshop as a SNAP-Ed program. The purpose of the 8-lesson series is to provide SNAP recipients with education on healthy nutrition and physical activity practices, food resource management, food safety and food security.

Healthy Kids Festival

The goal of the Healthy Kids Festival is to provide sustainable tools and opportunities for low income families with young children (ages 3-8) to make healthy choices as he/she approaches the adolescent years. The event, hosted by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s All 4 Kids program in collaboration with local community partners provides long term solutions to childhood obesity through physical activity, healthy eating and other behaviors related to childhood obesity prevention.

Healthy Steps to Freedom

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Nevada Radon Education Program

The Nevada Radon Education Program is a partnership with the Nevada State Health Division to educate Nevadans about the possible health risk posed by elevated levels of radon in the home. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) offers literature, educational programs and radon test kits in many county Extension offices.

Pick a better snack™ (formerly Chefs for Kids)

This evidence-based campaign focuses on building fruit and vegetable consumption in children through healthy snacking. Pick a better snack™ is a monthly, in-school nutrition education program for primary grade children in at-risk elementary schools in Clark and Washoe counties in Nevada. In addition to direct instruction, staff works with school wellness coordinators to build meaningful and sustainable programming to create a well environment in every school.

Small Steps 4 Big Changes

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Team Nutrition “Smart Choices”

This program strives to address the public health issue of childhood obesity through building basic skills related to food selection and promoting an increased variety of nutritious foods consumed especially vegetables and fruits.

Veggies for Kids

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s (UNCE) Veggies for Kids program takes a proactive approach toward eating and experiencing different kinds of vegetables for American Indian children at a young age.