The goal of Fun With New Foods™ is to increase children’s willingness to try new foods in an effort to increase food choice and, hence, dietary variety. Further, Fun With New Foods reaches teachers and parents by increasing their awareness of the importance of offering new foods and educating them on how to introduce new foods to preschoolers.
• To encourage the children to develop a willingness to taste new foods • To build familiarity with new foods • To encourage the development of a positive attitude toward trying new foods • To encourage and promote a positive feeding environment • To instill basic nutritional conceptsin the children • To build school readiness skills, including: – Language development – Literacy – Mathematics – Science – Creative arts – Social and emotional development – Approaches to learning – Physical health and development
What Is It?
The Fun With New Foods program is comprised of three components: Teacher/Provider Training, Classroom/Family Child Care Home Implementation, and Home Connection. All three components are integral to the success of the program and work synergistically to establish a positive feeding environment for children to experience and try new foods.
Who Is It For?
Fun With New Foods is developmentally appropriate for three- to five-year-old children. Secondary influencers—teachers and parents—also receive educational information.
Does It Work?
Yes! In 2000, a Fun With New Foods pilot study showed that children exposed to the program significantly decreased the number of food refusals to new foods compared to children in a control group. This outcome is indicative of an increase in their willingness to try new foods, the first stage of food acceptance. Data from recent years indicate that the program continues to work- to date, over 90% of children are willing to try new foods as a result of the Fun With New Foods Program.