OUR VISION

Kids In Nutrition is designed to improve knowledge of nutrition and food sustainability to inspire food preference change in elementary kids. Our approach organizes university students to promote behavior change in dietary habits through a 3-pillared intervention: education, food access, and family engagement. Adolescent intervention is a critical window that KIN harnesses to instill lasting, sustainable, and healthy dietary habits into adulthood, thus spearheading the first generation of mindful consumers and building a foundation for chronic disease prevention and environmental impact awareness.

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BEHAVIOR CHANGE
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EDUCATION
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FOOD
ACCESS
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FAMILY
ENGAGEMENT

Kids In Nutrition's three-pillared intervention equips the younger generation with the tools needed for nutrition and lifestyle prevention habits that can reduce childhood and adulthood chronic diseases and negative environmental impacts

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EDUCATION

There is a national deficit in nutrition education spanning kindergarten through twelfth grade. On average, American students currently receive less than eight hours of required nutrition education each year, far below the forty hours needed to affect behavior change. Considering that children develop habits by age nine, and routines and habits are unlikely to change thereafter, it is crucial to learn about proper nutrition early in life. Additionally, Type 2 diabetes and obesity are becoming increasingly prevalent in children, teens, and young adults, further validating the importance of early intervention. Regarding food sustainability, only 29% of Americans are informed about how food choice impacts the environment. There is a lack of educational programming, whether it be through state-wide standards or third-party entities, systematically working toward educating elementary students on planetary health in the United States.

In response to these educational deficiencies, KIN's first and second-grade nutrition curriculum provides a foundation for nutrition and healthful dietary change, while our 5th-grade food sustainability curriculum educates about the link between our food system and planetary health. Teams of five university volunteer instructors visit local elementary classrooms (in-person or virtually) to teach once a week for seven weeks. Lessons include interactive visuals, hands-on games, physical activity, and group work. 
This student-run model is sustainable, replicable, and utilizes a peer-to-peer behavioral change approach. Our goal is to operate at every major university in the United States and maximize our educational reach.

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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 healthy food and facilitates greater dietary change for these communities.

KIN students receive ingredients to prepare an easy and healthy home-cooked meal with their families. Additionally, parents are offered “food-environment” resources that provide information on where to locate affordable foods and how to incorporate healthy meals into their diet on a budget. KIN also provides recipes relevant to cultural contexts, individual preferences, and allergies. This pillar aims to shed light on the misconception that healthy foods are more expensive than unhealthy foods and promote food access equity for our low-income communities. 

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FAMILY
ENGAGEMENT

Not all parents have the time or knowledge to teach and practice proper eating habits with their children. To address this, our “KINcentive Program” provides kids with weekly challenges, newsletters, worksheets, and online resources to encourage engagement and learning with their families. We are also piloting a family workshop for further parental involvement in KIN lessons. We offer all KIN educational resources in Spanish for our Latinx families.