Live Healthy Kids is a hand-on, multi-sensory learning experience taught for 22 weeks in all second-grade classrooms in Athens County, reaching over 550 children annually. The goals of the program are to familiarize students with new foods, improve the students’ ability and willingness to make healthy choices, and encourage students to increase daily physical activity. Each LHK lesson has a hands-on component where students practice cooking skills and prepare a healthy meal, which they sample together. Students learn how to chop, mix, measure, and more. Our evaluations show that because students are engaged with a hands-on opportunity to prepare food, they are more likely to sample the food. In the first semester, students learn about basic nutrition like vitamins, whole foods, and MyPlate. In the second semester, students take a trip around the world with lessons about food from other cultures like Lebanon, Japan, Italy, and Brazil. Each lesson exposes the students to healthy, whole foods like asparagus, bulgur wheat, mushrooms, red lentils, and black beans.
Live Healthy Appalachia’s mission is to promote healthy eating and active living through educational opportunities and community partnerships.
What you can do
Live Healthy Appalachia is always seeking volunteers to help in Live Healthy Kids classes. Contributions to LHA can be sent specifically to Live Healthy Kids as well.