Healthy-Start Blog

End of year “Class Party” Healthy Food Suggestions

 

The children can participate in preparing these healthy party snacks, along with parent volunteers. It’s a good opportunity to provide families with these snack ideas to use at home.

 "VOLCANO" APPLE: 

Hollow out an apple with a small paring knife. 

Overfill it with non-sugar cereal, snack mix or a mixture of fruit

pieces. 

CRUNCHY CUCUMBER TOPPERS: 

With a fork, whip together pouches or canned, drained tuna with a

dollop of mayo and fat-free plain yogurt. 

Top cucumber slices with this creamy tuna. or if you prefer, top

slices with hummus. 

CHEESS-N-FRUIT: 

Slide two green or red grapes and a cube of low-fat mozzarella

cheese on a toothpick. Or try grape tomatoes instead of grapes. 

FRUIT SMOOTHIES:

In a blender, mix low-fat vanilla yogurt with frozen fruit and fat-free

milk. 

PIZZA MUFFINS: 

Lightly toast English Muffins. Add tomato sauce (buy one with no

sugar added), sprinkle low-fat mozzarella cheese on top. If you have

a microwave available, microwave for 15 seconds to melt the cheese

for a tasty treat. 

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Why Pre-School Educators Should Consider Healthy Start Programs?

Healthy Start’s founder and principal developer, Dr. Christine Williams, is a well-known pediatrician from NY Columbia Presbyterian Department of Pediatrics where she practiced for many years.  Her main work at Columbia was driven by her desire to make a difference in the lives of pre-K and Kindergarten children by developing a health education program that was backed by evidence-based research.  Her efforts resulted in the Healthy-Start Curriculum Program funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Healthy Start comprehensive preschool program is very unique among early childhood health programs in that it has an excellent record of publications and evaluations. Healthy Start was shown to be effective in improving nutrition and health knowledge and attitudes among preschool children, making meals and snacks in the preschool centers healthier, and in reducing heart disease risk (lowering cholesterol levels).  Currently, Dr. Williams and her team are working to promote pre-school education around the country.  

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HOW DOES YOUR STATE RATE?

According to the NIEER’s (National Institute for Early Education Research) latest report issued last year, the District of Columbia, Florida, and Vermont have the highest percentage of 4 year olds enrolled in a state-pre-school program.  District of Columbia, Vermont, and New Jersey have the highest percentage of 3 year olds enrolled.

Wyoming, Utah, South and North Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, and Idaho have no state funded pre-school programs for either 3 or 4 year old children.  Go to nieer.org/state preschool-yearbook to find pre-school data, and how your state rates in all aspects of state-sponsored pre-school programs.

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Increasing the Amount of Fruits and Vegetables Young Children Eat

Tips for getting young children to eat more fruits and vegetables.
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A Before Black Friday Savings Offer to Schools and Centers

Our Healthy Start Curriculum 2 for 1 sale has now expanded to a 3 for 1 Offer.

We want all preschool programs to have the opportunity to use this research-based content for children ages 3-6! Review the comments from past users and get this comprehensive curriculum for your school or center.  For questions, contact Carolynn Lucca at 516 -458-9820.

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