Healthy, Happy Families is a curriculum designed to supplement a nutrition education program for parents. The curriculum is composed of eight mini-lessons to help parents promote healthy eating habits in preschool-aged children, including:
- Begin healthy habits early
- Healthy routines
- Watching children grow
- Encouraging positive behavior
- Child’s play
- Cooking with kids
- Enjoying family meals
- Trying new foods
Each lesson is designed to be 15-20 minutes long and includes fun and easy tips and suggestions to allow parents to implement their newly-acquired nutrition knowledge at home. Each kit includes one educator curriculum and 10 parent workbooks. Additional educator copies and additional parent workbooks can also be purchased individually.
All lessons are meant to enhance nutrition education programs. Materials can be used in any order to address relevant participant questions or topics that arise throughout the course. The educator’s workbook includes lesson connection suggestions, connecting each mini-lesson with suggested nutrition education topics. When used properly, this program has been shown to significantly improve attitudes towards parenting and feeding children.