OUR VISION

Kids In Nutrition is designed to improve knowledge of nutrition and food sustainability to inspire food preference change in elementary kids, with a focus on marginalized communities. Our approach organizes university students to instill change in children’s dietary habits through a 3-pillared intervention: education, food access, and family engagement.

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BEHAVIOR CHANGE
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EDUCATION
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FOOD
ACCESS
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FAMILY
ENGAGEMENT

KIN's 3-pillared approach utilizes a multifaceted intervention to promote behavioral change in our youth. As we spread across the USA, we hope the KIN movement can have a long-lasting impact on public health and environmental outcomes.

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EDUCATION

Nutrition and food sustainability education at a young age equips our younger generation with knowledge and know-how of healthful habits, for both their bodies and the environment, to be carried into adulthood. This is especially beneficial for marginalized communities, given the disparities in chronic disease and climate change. 

KIN's 1st-grade nutrition curriculum provides a foundation for nutrition and healthful dietary change while the 5th-grade food sustainability curriculum teaches on the link between our food system and climate change. Teams of 5 university volunteer instructors are sent to local elementary classrooms to teach once a week for 7 weeks. This student-run model is sustainable, replicable, and utilizes a peer-to-peer behavioral change approach. Our ultimate goal is to increase our reach across the USA, setting up chapters at every major university.

KIN has transitioned its nutrition and food sustainability programming to interactive virtual instruction, using PowerPoint and Zoom. The development of virtual instruction in addition to in-person learning has opened up opportunities to access hard-to-reach locations. With both teaching avenues established, KIN will continue providing education in-person or virtually.

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FOOD ACCESS

Food access in tandem with education further reinforces learning through affordable, at-home practice. By collaborating with local food access partners, KIN can make healthful and sustainable food more accessible to students and their families. This lifts some of the financial constraints associated with a healthy diet and facilitates greater dietary change for these communities.

KIN is currently working toward providing students with food bags and corresponding recipes after each lesson to prepare an affordable and healthy home-cooked meal with their families. 

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FAMILY
ENGAGEMENT

In-depth resources can be used to promote family engagement. KIN's KINcentive program sends home kids with weekly challenges, newsletters, worksheets, and online resources to encourage engagement with their families. Additionally, KIN has been working with a GIS analyst to collect and visualize food environment data through an interactive map as a way for kids and families to understand their “food environment” and make affordable, informed choices.