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Nourishing Our Early Learners

Nourishing Our Early Learners

The Nourishing Our Early Learners (NOEL) Project evolved in 2019 under the direction of the Ideas for Healthy Living Program. The project started with the underlying concept that healthful eating is a critical component to promote optimum educational outcomes and that good nutrition is essential for children’s brain development. Children who have access to nutritious food have more energy to learn.

NOEL is designed to improve the health and nutrition of young children and their families/caregivers through interactive, evidence-based learning. The project is three-fold:

  1. Increase food literacy skills through nutrition and garden education to improve nutritional status of children in childcare and preschool settings.
  2. Empower parents, caregivers/teachers of young children, and child nutrition stakeholders to encourage, promote and support optimum nutrition of children through increased awareness, knowledge, and support of nutrition education.
  3. Promote positive long-term health outcomes by establishing healthful eating patterns early in life and improved nutrition across the lifespan.
Project milestones: 
  • 1095 Skagit: Child Nutrition Coalition Coordination
  • Harvest for Healthy Kids Monthly Samples
  • Deliver Team Nutrition class series to early learning centers (i.e. Head Start and YMCA)

This project is funded by United Way of Skagit County.