The Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness (CHFFF) youth curriculum, developed by our group, is now in the SNAP-Ed toolkit, and was showcased at the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA) meeting in February.
CHFFF is a 6-lesson, hands-on, evidence-based curriculum for 8-12 year olds that targets behaviors shown to reduce unhealthy weight gain & chronic disease. It was developed by Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program, with substantial local staff and youth participant input to ensure feasibility and ease of use. It is being used in all 50 states, primarily in EFNEP, SNAP-Ed, and 4-H.
Evaluation using a quasi-experimental design with a delayed-intervention control period prior to CHFFF showed that participants improved significantly compared to their no-intervention control period in the following:
- overall diet quality
- vegetable and fruit intake
- soda/fast food intake
- intent to consume soda/fast food
- frequency of reading Nutrition Facts labels
- frequency of sharing about healthy eating with their family
- likelihood of having tried a new food
CHFFF was also designed to be taught by teens in our companion program Choose Health Action Teens (CHAT), in which teens are trained to co-teach CHFFF to younger youth in after-school programs, summer camps, schools, and other settings.
For more information on CHFFF and CHAT, please see the links below.
To purchase CHFFF: https://shop4-h.org/products/choose-health-food-fun-fitness-curriculum
To view CHFFF and access related resources (webinar, training resources, Spanish version, etc.): http://fnec.cornell.edu/for-partners/curricula/chfff/
To access CHAT: https://fnec.cornell.edu/for-partners/programs/chat/
For more information: Wendy Wolfe, firstname.lastname@example.org