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Teaching Nutrition to Young Children

Course Description:

Teaching nutrition to young children plays a very important role in the development of lifelong eating habits. Early childhood educators are essential in this process. This course will provide early childhood educators with evidence based nutrition messages and learning objectives that are successful in increasing the knowledge base and understanding of nutrition concepts among young children. 

Incorporating these concepts also help to increase exposure to healthy foods, resulting in a potential increase in willingness to try new foods and decrease food neophobia. This helps to reduce mealtime struggles in the cafeteria. In addition, this training takes theory and turns it into practical application by providing classroom activity examples and suggestions on how to incorporate nutrition education informally through everyday activities.

Learning Objectives:

Successful participants of this course will be able to:

  • State the importance of nutrition education in early childcare.  
  • Explain differences between informative, social norm, and health based messages, and state how and why they are used. 
  • State the common learning objectives that are effective when teaching nutrition to young children.
  • List at least 3 formal nutrition activities that can be incorporated in the classroom.
  • List at least 2 ways nutrition concepts can be incorporated into everyday activities.

Clock hours: 2.0 clock hours Course Cost: $15

This training is approved by:

  • The State of Texas according to §746.1317 of the Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers
  • Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development and Early Education

This training is available On-Demand:

On-Demand trainings allow you to complete courses at your own pace. Once enrolled, you will have 1 year to complete the training.