Regie’s Rainbow Adventure ®

Regie's Rainbow Adventure is a 7-week nutrition and physical activity program where you’ll follow Regie, the broccoli superhero, to different islands based on the colors of the rainbow. He meets new fruit and vegetable friends and earns his power stripes by eating healthy and being physically active. Each week children will travel with Regie to a new island, read a new story, try a new fruit or vegetable and bring healthy information home to their parents.

It is a curriculum implemented by teachers in the classroom providing activities that reinforce literacy, language development, mathematic skills, scientific understanding, creative arts, social-emotional development, approaches to learning, and physical health & development through the series of seven interactive books, Regie's Rainbow Adventure.
 

Through the Regie program, sites have seen:

  • Increased fruit and vegetable consumption by children who participate
  • Increased amount of physical activity by children who participate
  • Decreased daily screen time by children who participate
     

Success Stories

”My child is more willing to try fruits and vegetables at home” -Parent

”My son learned to eat a lot of healthy fruits and vegetables in a fun way. My son likes to collect recipes and learned to know the vegetables and see them as something good.” -Parent

”I’m happy to see health brought to kids in a fun and easy way!” -Teacher

"It is delightful to see the children eat vegetables at lunch time now.  They love broccoli and other veggies and talk about Regie Rainbow all the time.  They are more willing to taste new foods as a result of going on the adventures each week.  It's a great program and we are so thankful that we have been able to take part in it.  Thank you very much!" –Site Leader

"We loved having Regie Rainbow in our class this year!   Just got done with parent conferences and parents were telling us how much they loved it too.  We are still talking about healthy eating in the classroom, hopefully we can make a lifelong impact on healthy eating with these children." -Teacher

 

Our new Regie’s Rainbow Adventure book is now available for purchase! Thank you to the team of awesome individuals who helped create this book, which details the history and importance of Regie being a part of the Early Childhood Development setting. You'll get an insider's view of how Regie was created, learn about the serious health issues in early childhood, and hear from the creative people who continue to develop Regie's story, his image and classroom activities. You'll also visit a classroom with the team and see how the Regie program interacts with these young children. It's an exciting adventure and this unique book provides lots of ideas readers can use to consider bringing such a program to their communities. Click here to see.

Check out the story of our book launch party at ReadTheSpirit.com!

 

 

View the video to find out more about the Regie's Rainbow Adventure program!

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan staff is available to provide a training for your early childhood staff to learn how to implement this program in their classroom. The program has been implemented in child care facilities including head starts, preschools, daycares, libraries, and public school classrooms.

To learn more about this program, please contact:
Crystal D’Agostino
(734) 222-9800 x258
cdagostino@nkfm.org

How You Can Get Involved:

Teachers

  • Join the US Healthier School Challenge or Team Nutrition.
  • Encourage more physical activity during the school day, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Talk to the children about healthy eating and why it is important for their bodies.
  • Start a school garden in which kids, parents, teachers, and community members can participate.
  • Set a good example for the children by eating healthier and being more active.

Parents

  • Encourage your children to make healthier food choices. At every meal, half of a one’s plate should contain fruits and vegetables.
  • Set limits on your child’s “screen time” and encourage more physical activity.
  • Start a school health team at your local school or with the PTA group.
  • Encourage your children to get involved in planning healthy meals by having them go shopping and cook with you.
  • Set a good example for the children by eating healthier and being more active.

USDA My Plate-
Encourages adults and children to build a healthy plate at every meal.
choosemyplate.gov

Let’s Move! Child  Care-
Encourages child care providers to be more conscious about the nutrition and physical activity practices of the children they serve.
healthykidshealthyfuture.org

Head Start Body Start-
Promotes healthy lifestyles for both parents and their children through physical activity inside and outside the classroom.
aahperd.org/headstartbodystart

Fruits and Veggies More Matters-
Encourages adults and children to eat more fruits and vegetables by making it fun!
fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

Nourish Interactive-
Includes resources for fun nutrition games for kids, interactive nutrition tools, and tips for parents and health educators to use to promote healthy living for the whole family.
nourishinteractive.com

Great Start-
A resource for finding information about early childhood events, providers, and resources in different areas.
greatstartforkids.org/connect
http://www.greatstartwayne.org/family-resource-calendar/
http://www.greatstartwayne.org/family-activity-calendar/#activity-calendar

Grow It, Try It, Like It-
Preschool  nutritional education curriculum that focuses on eating more fruits and vegetables.
fns.usda.gov

Nutrition Resrouces in Spanish-
Recursos de nutrición en español

Tasty and Healthy Latin Recipes in Spanish-
​Platillos latinos sabrosos y saludables

For more resources, including the Regie’s Rainbow Adventure™ Coloring Sheets and the Healthy Family Times Newsletters, vist the PEACH Resources page.