HealthStart impacts not only the children taught Health Education for Youngsters! (HEY!), but also the teachers who teach our curriculum and use our nutrition education program and parents whose children attend our workshops. We've had great response from our teachers about how much they and their students have learned from our HEY! curriculum. Below are videos of teachers interviewing other teachers about their HealthStart HEY! experience and a sample lesson.
Health Education for Youngsters! (HEY!) Curriculum
- “I learned some great new facts! Our bones make blood. My mouth absorbs nutrients. I'm so excited to have this curriculum. I am incredibly impressed by the scope--you've included everything--SEL lessons, family involvement, nature/gardens, hands-on.” – HEY! Teacher Evaluation 2012
- “They go home and teach their parents what they have learned. At the grocery store, they want to buy snap peas and broccoli because that’s good fo their brain.” - Cynthia, Trinity Child Development Center
- "I really love listening to my kids feed me back the information that they’ve learned, using words like amygdala and being able to point it out on the Brain Map. I really liked learning about this stuff!" - Kristen, St. George’s Episcopal
- When one of the preschools sent Betty, one of the HealthStart goat dolls, home with a journal and question for parents to answer, the school director read an emotional journal entry. The father, who was 18 years old, saw her reading his family’s entry and came up and enthusiastically began telling her about how they learned that the brain needed antioxidants – and they discovered blueberries as one of the best sources of antioxidants, so they rushed to their local grocery store to bring some home to incorporate into their meals.
- One of our teachers began using what she’d learned from HEY! to make healthier choices for her own family. She began sending her son to school with some snacks we’d suggested in the curriculum. Her son’s teacher noticed that he was eating some very healthy things and asked the boy’s mother if she’d be interested in doing a presentation to the classroom parents on healthy lunches.
What are YOU Feeding?
- “Our first day was a success! Answered lots of questions and saw a huge increase in the number of kids taking whole wheat bread instead of the sliced white! I hope this trend continues.” – Katie Khan, Director of Nutrition with SAGE dining at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
Community Health Education Workshops (CHEWs)
- “My organization serves low income families and children at high risk for diabetes and obesity. Robin and her team have been exceptional to work with. They give 100% and truly care about improving the health and lives of children from all walks of life. !Gracias!” - Elizabeth Marrero, Program Manager at the Southeast Health and Wellness Center
- Summer 2017 CHEW Week One Blueberry Story - Following the completion of the first week lesson of the CHEW’s at Southeast Health and Wellness Center one of the kids asked another “What are blueberries good for?” and another answered “Your Heart!” A wonderful example of reinforcement in HealthStart’s health workshops.
- Grandmother at Southeast Health & Wellness Center Summer 2017 CHEW - “We are thankful to HealthStart for coming in and teaching my grandkids how mushrooms help feed their bones. This is the first time he has willingly try mushrooms. I love them and hope to share that with him in the future”
- Story of Azul - In the summer of 2016, HealthStart staff and interns put together our first full round of Community Health Education Workshops or CHEWs. We worked with children who attended SEHWC's a diabetes prevention program. The CHEWs taught the kids about how their brain, bones, circulatory system, muscles, and digestive systems work and the food and fitness habits needed to build wellbeing. One CHEW introduced antioxidants. A little girl named Azul, who attended our CHEWs, fell in love with the idea of antioxidants and how they feed your brain. She always remembered what antioxidants were and pointed out antioxidant foods (namely the rainbow of fruits and vegetables the children were given to try) at every workshop.