What is Healthy Strides?
Healthy Strides is a nutrition education program provided through a partnership with local school district for students in preschool through 2nd grade. The program is supported by grant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Department of Health.
During a 10 week period, students learn about the importance of nutrition, especially eating fruits and vegetables, drinking water and being active everyday to keeping their bodies healthy. Weekly lessons include information about nutrition for the heart, bones, teeth, lungs and skin and the possible consequences of poor nutrition and inactivity such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis etc.
Activities include taste testing 10 different fruit and vegetable samples during the program and voting thumbs up or down – saying if they like them or not, a scavenger hunt assignment at the local grocery store or tour of a local garden, and the annual class “fruits and vegetables challenge” with a party for the winning class featuring dancing and a tasty fruit salad!
For more information on Healthy Strides call (360) 875-9343 or (360) 642-9349.
Helpful Links for Healthy Strides Families
BINGO Sheets (January through December)
SNAP-Ed Resource & Information
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – for childhood obesity prevention information
Team Nutrition resources
Fun site for kids and parents