HEAL: Early Sprouts

The Early Sprouts Gardening and Nutrition Experiences for the Young Child (Early Sprouts) curriculum model is a prevention program with the following goals:
  • To increase young children's food preferences for and consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and
    low fat dairy products.
  • To promote school and family-based dietary changes.
  • To reduce the risks and issues associated with childhood overweight and obesity.
Preschool children are connected to their food supply through a unique "seed to table" curriculum centered around a working garden:
  • Children learn to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce.
  • Children become familiarized with healthy food and snack choices.
Experiences in the school garden provide children with opportunities to:
  • Understand how the natural world sustains us.
  • Develop environmental stewardship.
  • Make good nutritional choices at any early age.
The program addresses young children's inherent fear of new foods through multiple exposures to target fruits and vegetables:
  • Sensory exploration
  • Tasting sessions
  • Cooking activities
  • Family recipe kits

There are eight Daycare facilities in the Lakes Region area that have added the Early Sprouts curriculum and gardens to their programs. 

For more information, contact Partnership for Public Health at (603) 528-2145 and visit Early Sprouts Website.


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