Our Model

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Our program consists of a unique seven-lesson interactive nutrition and food sustainability curriculum, taught once a week for one hour. Each week, a new topic is explored, actively engaging the students with visuals, hands on activities, group discussions, and outdoor exercises. Each lesson lines up with state education standards to supplement and reinforce current classroom activities.

We utilize a behavioral change approach in which we establish a personal and friendly peer-to-peer dynamic in every classroom. During the first classroom visit, five elementary school students are paired with one college volunteer from a local university to form a “KIN group”. Throughout the quarter, KIN groups participate in activities that build strong kinship between the instructor and the student.

 

We believe our peer-to-peer model is the most effective way to change behavior as each university instructor is able to leave a lasting impression.

COVID-19

To accommodate learning during the current pandemic, KIN transitioned in-person instruction to virtual teaching. This includes a combination of engaging powerpoints and Zoom discussions led by volunteer KINstructors and supervised by classroom teachers. We had successful remote programming in 2020 and will continue through 2021. [See weekly challenges on our KINcentive page.]

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Nutrition

Curriculum

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Food Sustainability Curriculum

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Curricula Resources

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WHO
US dept of energy
WaterFootprintNetwork
USDA
UN department of economic and social aff
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UHN
Seafood watch
SITN
sciencedirect
Sage journals
RTS
AJCN
PCRM_edited
Our World in Data
Organic consumers association
NutritionCoalition
Nutrition%20Facts_edited
NIH
NOAA
NCSL
NCBI
Nature
NASA
MedlinePlus
Journal of nutrition education and behav
Laborers health and safety fund
JAMA
JIM
Johns Hopkins Foodspan
JAFSCD
Harvard
FoodPrint_edited
EIA
FDA
Farm Journal
EHP_edited
eatrightorg
EDP sciences
Eat Lancet
Chatham House
DGA_edited
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BMJ
AHA
American institute for Cancer Research
CA academy of sciences