Read for Health was developed by the University of Maryland Extension and based on research suggesting that read-aloud language arts sessions improve topic motivation, engagement, and comprehension in children. Selected children’s books focus on themes related to healthy eating and physical activity. Six to seven lessons apply an interactive read-aloud format with an engaging discussion that relates reading content to the child. The program focuses on increasing exposure to fruits, vegetables, and whole grains through activities, food demonstrations and tastings.
Read For Health targets young children grades 1-2 and addresses the following key behavioral outcomes:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Eat whole grains
- Use fat-free or low-fat milk products
- Increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviors
- Maintain appropriate calorie balance during each stage of life
Four parent newsletters with recipes, activities and shopping and food safety tips will be distributed to help families increase access to no or low cost healthy food and physical activity options.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. It can help you buy nutritious foods for a better diet. To find out more, contact: http://foodhelp.wa.gov or the Basic Food Program at: 1 877 501 2233.