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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 three-pillar intervention: education, food access, and family engagement. Given that children develop habits by age nine, KIN teaches kids about optimal nutrition and sustainability practices during their formative years. Early food literacy education has a tremendous downstream effect on carrying healthy and sustainable dietary habits into adulthood, thus building a foundation for chronic disease prevention, health equity, and environmental impact awareness.

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Each pillar operates in unison to empower children and families from all socioeconomic, cultural, and racial backgrounds to make informed decisions and take control of their health.


KIN's first- and second-grade nutrition curriculum provides a foundation for food literacy and positive dietary change, while the fifth-grade food sustainability curriculum educates about the link between our food system and the environment. KIN targets the early years of cognitive development to instill lifelong healthy and environmentally conscious habits. Teams of five university volunteer instructors visit local elementary classrooms (in-person or virtually) to teach once a week for seven weeks. Lessons are evidence-based and include interactive visuals, hands-on games, physical activity, and group work. Our university-to-elementary student mentorship exerts a powerful influence on behavior change by making nutrition topics relevant and engaging. This student-run model is an innovative, cost-effective, replicable, and sustainable strategy for maintaining program continuity and shaping youth dietary habits. Our goal is to operate at every major university in the United States and have a lasting impact on public and environmental health outcomes.

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Annual Impact Reports

Starting in 2021, Kids In Nutrition will be providing downloadable annual impact reports available to the public. 

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