Mommy and Me

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.”

The purpose of this program is to educate children and the child’s caretaker on the basic knowledge necessary to make healthy nutrition-based decisions in order to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. The educational format of the program is based off the MyPlate program, which is designed to illustrate the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image — a place setting for a meal. Parents will be provided with the latest nutritional information and materials in order to help children develop the necessary habits for a healthy lifestyle.

Overview of Program

  • Decrease risk of obesity
  • Receive one- on -one counseling with licensed dietitians or nutritionists
  • Decrease risk of diseases related to unhealthy nutrition habits
  • Introduce and discuss the 5 food groups according to “Choose MyPlate”
  • Educate parents on their child’s specific needs for proper nutrition and physical activity
  • Provide family with information needed to reference material covered in the program
  • Teach children how to make smart and healthy decisions independent of parents/guardians