If you teach children the right way to eat from an early age, they will carry those habits with them throughout their lives. Our Eat Right partners teach students about the basics of healthy eating and meal preparation.
The Garces Foundation is making healthy eating a priority through education and accessibility. IBC Foundation has partnered with the Garces Foundation to bring Healthy Futures students on field trips to Luna Farm — the Garces' family farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. During the field trips, students tour the farm and connect with their food while learning about fresh, local, and nutritious meals. The goals of the program are to teach students how to:
The Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Foundation partners with the Vetri Foundation for Children to offer their Eatiquette program at select schools in southeastern Pennsylvania. Eatiquette provides schools with the tools and training to prepare and serve students nutritious family-style meals as part of their lunch program. It's an interactive program that teaches students and parents the importance of nutrition and the benefits of eating well — and, in doing so, promotes life skills such as teamwork and responsibility. The Eatiquette program also includes classroom nutrition lessons that reinforce the healthy habits taught in the cafeteria.
The goals of the Eatiquette program are to:
By collaborating with Greener Partners, we are able to build students' nutrition education through exposure to local, sustainably-produced, delicious food. A monthly Seed to Snack® program — an award-winning farm-to-school initiative that brings the farm into the classroom — teaches children how to prepare simple, healthy snacks from seasonal food. Based on research that shows that gardening and nutrition education improves student attitudes towards, and preferences for, fruits and vegetables, the Seed to Snack® lessons are designed to get children excited about trying healthy food.
In addition, students also experience the Farm ExplorerTM, a hands-on mobile farm which provides a unique opportunity for them to dig in and connect with food from seed to plate. The Farm ExplorerTM is a custom-built trailer equipped with pull-out garden beds and a kitchen.
The goals of the Seed to Snack® and Farm ExplorerTM programs are to:
The MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) of Villanova University's College of Nursing assists in the design and implementation of focus groups that evaluate children's knowledge and attitudes throughout the Healthy Futures program. In addition, COPE encourages students and their families to make healthier food and lifestyle choices through its use of an online nutrition assessment tool (VioScreen) and a Personal Health and Nutrition Summary report. COPE aims to provide valuable data over the three-year program to assess how the children's nutritional education is being integrated into their eating habits at home and how the program is affecting the children's view of health and wellness in general.
The goals of this program are to: