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 2015-2016 program year the RRA program was implemented at 192 early childhood education sites, training 979 lay health educators who provided the program to 12,352 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.
Parent Report of their Child(ren)’s Lifestyle Change:
- 84% of parents agree or strongly agree that their children eat more fruit*
- 77% of parents agree or strongly agree that their children eat more vegetables*
- 84% of parents agree or strongly agree that their children are more physically*
- *these have increased from 2014-2015 outcomes (82%, 75%, 78%, respectively)
Teacher Report of Student Impact:
- 89% of teachers agree or strongly agree that their students understood the benefits of fruits and vegetables
- 87% of teachers agree or strongly agree that students identified more fruits and vegetables
- 80% of teachers agree or strongly agree that students better understood the importance of physical activity
The following data was gathered as part of the United Way Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant:
For the 2015-2016 timeframe, programming was conducted in 8 of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan Social Innovation Fund (SIF) target regions: Northwest Detroit, River Rouge, Inkster, Southwest Detroit, Hamtramck, Pontiac, Northeast Detroit and South Oakland. Thirty centers were reached through RRA reaching a total of 2,603 children.
All data produced by the 2015-2016 data were demonstrated in the appropriate direction: children logged fewer hours of screen time, parents/guardians reported that children consumed more fruits and vegetables, and parents/guardians reported that children were more physically active after the 7-week intervention.
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 2015-2016 program year, the HFSY program implemented 35 campaigns, training 129 lay health educators who along with NKFM staff conducted a total of 300 health chats. This means that 300 men and women were reached through health chats.
The data collected reflects the following:
60.4 % of participants made ANY positive change
Number of participants who changed prevention activities from Chat 1 to Chat 2:
- 48.2% = started to limit salt intake
- 26.0% = started choosing foods low in fat
- 24.6% = decreased the number of times they ate fast food each week
- 30.7% = increased the number of days they exercised each week
- 37.4% = increased the number of servings of fruits they consume each day
- 33.2% = increased the number of servings of vegetables they consume each day
- 37.2% = increased the number of servings of whole grains they consume each day
- 36.4% = increased the number of servings of low-fat dairy they consume each day
- 25.9% = decreased the amount of pop they consume each day
- 28.5% = decreased the amount of TV they watch each day
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 2015-2016 program year, NAP SACC was implemented at 63 early childhood centers, and served 2,768 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.
Data collected during the 2015-2016 program year reported the following:
- 16% of childcare providers increased the frequency of whole fruit served to children
- 23% of educators increased the frequency of vegetables served to children
- 63% 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 2015-2016 programming year, the PE-Nut program was implemented at 22 schools throughout Metro Detroit. A total of 10,363 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:
- 78% of children stated that they ate healthy foods after the program
- 99% of children reported that they tried new foods that they had never tasted before
- 58% said they ate many different kinds of food
- 60% reported that they asked someone at home to buy healthy foods
- 50% reported enjoying healthy foods
- 52% said they liked to try foods they had never tasted before