Regie’s Rainbow Adventure (RRA) is a seven-week program intended for children aged 2-5 years old. RRA follows the adventures of Regie, a broccoli superhero, and his adventures to seven different islands that correspond with the color of the rainbow. At each island, he learns about fruits and vegetables that correspond with that island’s color, and earns his power stripes for trying a new fruit or vegetable. NKFM staff train classroom educators on the implementation of the program.
The following data was gathered as part of the Michigan Nutrition Network (MNN) grant:
For the 2017-2018 program year the RRA program was implemented at 218 early childhood education sites, training 1,176 childcare workers who provided the program to 14,533 children and their parents. Outcomes were measured by parent and teacher surveys. The surveys were disseminated and completed at the conclusion of the seven week intervention.
- 91% of parents agree or strongly agree that they learned that eating fruits and vegetables is important for their health
- 91% of parents agree or strongly agree that they have learned the importance of doing some type of physical activity every day
- 89% of parents agree or strongly agree that they have learned some healthy recipes for their families to enjoy that incorporate fruits and vegetables
- 94% of parents agree or strongly agree that their children have learned that eating fruits and vegetables can help make them healthy
- 93% of parents agree or strongly agree that their children have learned that being physically active can help make them healthy
- 93% of parents agree or strongly agree that their children have learned to identify more fruits and vegetables
Parent Lifestyle Changes
- 79% of parents agree or strongly agree that they eat more fruits
- 77% of parents agree or strongly agree that they eat more vegetables
- 75% of parents agree or strongly agree that they are more physically active
Child Lifestyle Changes
- 85% of parents agree or strongly agree that their children eat more fruit
- 78% of parents agree or strongly agree that their children eat more vegetables
- 83% of parents agree or strongly agree that their children are more physically active
Family Lifestyle Changes
- 84% of parents agree or strongly agree that they purchase more fruit
- 82% of parents agree or strongly agree that they purchase more vegetables
- 83% of parents agree or strongly agree that their children help pick out fruits and/or vegetables while grocery shopping
Parent Use of Materials
- 92% of parents say their child sometimes or always brought home information about what he/she was learning about different colored fruits and vegetables
- 85% of parents sometimes or always read the RRA stories with their child
- 76% of parents sometimes or always performed the physical activities in the RRA stories with their child
- 65% of parents sometimes or always made the recipes found on the parent handouts
- 42% of parents sometimes or always visit the RRA Facebook page
- 42% of parents sometimes or always visit the RRA NKFM website
- 94% of teachers agree or strongly agree that the program was easy to implement
- 96% of teachers agree or strongly agree that the curriculum was easy to follow
- 87% of teachers agree or strongly agree that their students understood the benefits of fruits and vegetables
- 88% of teachers agree or strongly agree that their students identified more fruits and vegetables
- 81% of teachers agree or strongly agree that their students better understood the importance of physical activity
- 55% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that students were better prepared for the next grade level
Healthy Families Start with You (HFSY) is intended for adults. The self-assessment based program intends to empower adults to make a healthy lifestyle change in a 4-6 week time period, such as increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption. Data is collected through “health chats”, or a pre and post-assessment that are conducted by trained lay health educators.
During the 2017-2018 program year, the HFSY program trained 63 lay health educators who along with NKFM staff conducted a total of 241 health chats. Outcomes of this program include a 39% increase in fruit intake, 41% increase in vegetable intake and 41% increase in physical activity from pre- to post- intervention.
The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) program is an innovative early childhood program to help combat obesity. NAP SACC consists of a pre-assessment and a post-assessment in which childcare providers or site directors answer questions about current nutrition and physical activity practices. After the pre-assessment, they create three goals to work on in order to improve their nutritional and physical activity components. Educational materials are provided in order to make environmental changes. After implementing these changes, care providers complete the post-assessment in order to report the results of the implemented changes.
During the 2017-2018 program year, 49 centers completed both the pre- and post-assessments and served 3,771 children and their families. When compared to a control group, intervention centers have been found to be more likely to make significant changes in nutrition policies, environments and practices and some positive changes in physical activity policies, environments and practices.
Reported changes included caregivers offering more fruits and vegetables to children throughout the week, making drinking water more accessible outside, and caregivers modeling positive health behaviors, such as trying new foods at lunch. Participants enjoyed “setting goals and implementing the changes” and “having resources to offer parents.” Participants noted that time and consistency were key-it took time to develop goals and initiate changes, and it was important to be consistent with those changes every day.
Data collected during the 2017-2018 program year reported the following:
- 24% of childcare providers increased the frequency of whole fruit served to children
- 49% of educators increased the frequency of vegetables served to children
- 49% of childcare providers made improvements in physical activity policies and/or practices
The Physical Education and Nutrition program (PE-Nut) is a program for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. PE-Nut provides nutrition and physical education to children in the school setting in order to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables among children. PE-Nut also engages children in physical activity in order to educate them about the importance of moving their bodies and being physically active.
During the 2017-2018 programming year, the PE-Nut program was implemented at 19 schools throughout Metro Detroit. A total of 8,424 children were served through the program. At the end of the programming timeframe, the evaluation tool “That’s Me, My Choices” was implemented among a sample size of children who received the five PE-Nut lessons.
Findings showed the following results:
- 83% of children stated that they ate healthy foods after the program
- 89% of children reported that they tried new foods that they had never tasted before
- 38% said they ate many different kinds of food
- 91% reported that they asked someone at home to buy healthy foods
- 68% said they liked to try foods they had never tasted before