The Food Friends Programs

fwnf-logoFun With New Foods
Goal: Get Kids to Try New Foods

  • If kids are exposed to new foods multiple times, they will become more willing to try new foods.
  • Children who try new foods may enhance food choice and increase dietary variety that lasts into adulthood.
  • Adults who have varied diets are at decreased risk of chronic diseases.

gmwmm-logoGet Movin' With Mighty Moves
Goal: To Get Kids Moving

  • Structured and sustained movement activities enhance gross motor development.
  • Encouraging kids to be active in the clas room and at home provides them the opportunity to form lifelong physical activity habits.
  • Kids with stronger motor skills tend to be more  physically active.

Who We Serve

Food Friends in the classroom
Food Friends in the classroom
Food Friends in family child care homes
Parents intro to the Food Friends

Here’s the proof

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Of children are willing to try new foods, including fruits and vegetables
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Of children will increase motor performance and physical activity
Of directors and providers incorporating more physical activity after using the program
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Of centers using the program will incorporate new foods on their menus
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Of providers using the program will incorporate new foods on their menus
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Of parents indicated that they were both more active and try new foods
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The Food Friends Program is proven to work

Research & Funding

The Food Friends® were developed at Colorado State University in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Program messages and components have been thoroughly researched and tested.

What Participants Say

  • It is a well-thought out and creatively presented program that catches the children’s attention and is effective in getting them to be open to trying new foods.
    Preschool Teacher in Colorado
  • The children were so excited each time they knew the food friends were coming to visit. I think the curriculum is strong. It also allows for teachers to add and expand in each area!
    Preschool Teacher in Colorado
  • Very well organized, excellent program, wonderful messages, easy to implement and, fun for the children.
    Preschool Director in Colorado
  • The teachers, children, and families were all excited about the program. It was nice to experience a school wide program that was openly received.
    Preschool Director in Colorado
  • You guys did it! What a hit! My children absolutely enjoyed every second of our participation with the Food Friends. They loved the characters, especially their super powers. They loved experimenting with some foods that I myself have never eaten before. They loved the movement activities, using their mats with the CD. They loved our group activities, such as the floor puzzle and the memory game and they all especially love Bella Bean!
    Childcare Provider Longmont, CO
  • I’ve seen my pickiest eater become the ‘first’ to try a new food. The Food Friends CD, bean bags, scarves, and activity mats will continue to provide opportunities for the children to use them, therefore increasing gross motor skills.
    Childcare Provider Ft. Collins, CO
  • We have really enjoyed the Food Friends program at our house. It is a fun way to tie in what I already try to do at home, giving the kids some non-standard kid food when I can. I think it has helped my son to be more accepting when I serve something new. It’s more exciting for him now and it gives us some fun conversation starters at the dinner table.
    Email from Colorado Parent
  • We love the program! At dinner time the characters were a hot topic of discussion! We love introducing new healthy foods to our family, too.
    Survey from Colorado Parent

Timeline

Activities

Vegetable Rain Forest

Vegetable Rain Forest

Rudy D. Radish says: Avoid forcing your child to eat new foods. Kids like foods less if they are forced to eat the foods or given bribes or rewards for eating the foods. Avoid using the “one bite”...
Apple Yogurt Dip

Apple Yogurt Dip

Marty Milk says: Let your child choose new foods. Kids are more open to trying new foods when they feel they have a choice. While grocery shopping, let your child select a new food from two or...
Fruit Burritos

Fruit Burritos

Gertie Gouda says: Be a good role model by eating new foods with your child. Your child learns how to eat new foods by watching you, other adults, and children eat them. Discover Together! Play...
Crunchy Confetti Creation

Crunchy Confetti Creation

Howie Hamburger says: Try offering one new food at a time. Include familiar foods with new foods and let your child serve themselves small portions. Offer new foods at the beginning of meals or...
Flying Saucer Pizza

Flying Saucer Pizza

Corinne Carrot says: Help your child learn about new foods. Talk about the color, shape, smell, and texture of the new food. It is OK if your child plays with, smells, touches, licks, or even...
Food Art

Food Art

Bella Bean says: Make food fun. Let your child help prepare new foods. Playing games, singing songs and reading books about food are great ways to make food fun! Kids love to make artwork related...
Bean Sprout Activity

Bean Sprout Activity

Grow Together! Go to the library and ask a librarian to help you find a book about types of fruits and vegetables or about how plants grow. Pick up a copy of “Jack and the Beanstalk” to read with...
Books About Food

Books About Food

Corinne Carrot says: Help your child learn about new foods. Talk about the color, shape, smell, and texture of the new food. It is OK if your child plays with, smells, touches, licks, or even...
Rhyming About Food

Rhyming About Food

Howie Hamburger says: Try offering one new food at a time. Include familiar foods with new foods and let your child serve themselves small portions. Offer new foods at the beginning of meals or...
Making “Old” Recipes Into “New” Recipes

Making “Old” Recipes Into “New” Recipes

Gertie Gouda says: Be a good role model by eating new foods with your child. Your child learns how to eat new foods by watching you and other adults and children eat. Discover Together! Including...

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It's Mighty Moves Monday, and we're in week #3 of our "Seven Simple Tips to Get Moving" series! This week's tip- get creative with movement! Use music, find activities in books and online, and talk to other teachers and parents around you! Keep trying new ideas! For creative physical activity ideas, check out our website www.foodfriends.org/serve/parents/play-together/ and our Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/ffprogram/ ... See MoreSee Less

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The Food Friends Story

The Food Friends® was developed at Colorado State University in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Program messages and components have been thoroughly researched and tested.

Fun With New Foods® and Mighty Moves® are target audience driven. Preschoolers, parents, and teachers had, and still have, a tremendous amount of input into the program. The characters and graphics were chosen by kids; the kit, program concepts, and activities were teacher-driven; and parents chose the messages and graphics that are included in the home connection component. Additionally, the program was designed with feedback from nutrition, child development, health promotion, exercise science, and occupational therapy experts.

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