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The Food Friends are on a mission! Their job is to engage kid’s curiosity in new foods and encourage them to make a mighty move towards physical activity. Colorado State University is pleased to bring you The Food Friends: Fun With New Foods and Get Movin’ with Mighty Moves.

In the last three decades, obesity rates have risen dramatically in the United States.

  • In 2012, more than one in three American children were either overweight or obese.
  • Since 1980, obesity prevalence has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents
  • One of three low-income preschool-aged children is either obese or overweight before their third birthday
  • Obese children may struggle with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and poor self-image

(Source: Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 2014)

Establishing healthful eating and physical activity behaviors early may play a role in addressing the overweight and obesity problem in both children and adults, this decreasing the risk for chronic disease later in life. The Fun with New Foods Program, in concert with The Food Friends Get Movin’ with Mighty Moves physical activity program, are proven to encourage healthful behaviors during the early childhood years.

Fun with New Foods and Get Movin’ with Mighty Moves are target audience driven and were developed with a tremendous amount of input from children, parents, and teachers, along with direction and feedback from nutrition and child development experts. In addition to encouraging children’s willingness to try new foods and develop gross motor skills, the Food Friends programs promote a positive feeding environment, instill basic nutritional concepts, encourage dramatic play and imagination, build community awareness, and build and reinforce school readiness skills. Both programs are conveniently packaged, ready to implement in your school, and will meet many of the goals of your teacher’s current curricula. Contact us to learn more today!

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