Healthy Kids Challenge Nutrition Education Curriculum
We are proud to offer Healthy Kids Challenge® (HKC), a nationally recognized program created by an exemplary team of registered, licensed dietitians with many years of school, program, and community wellness experience.
HKC utilizes evidence-based content and instructional strategies that are aligned with the recommendations of CDC, NIH, American Academy of Pediatrics and USDA to provide effective nutrition education materials and services to schools and youth programs.
Awards and Recognition
HKC has received the honored:
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (American Dietetic Association) Anita Owen Award for "Most Innovative Educational Program"
- Advertising Council-Community Action Network (CAN) Service Award for "Outstanding Solutions to Social Problems"
Additional recognitions and collaborations include:
- 2012 Marketing Disease Prevention in America (MDPA) Hall of Fame Award
- Community Dietetics National Award
- National Dairy Council Grant
- Cooking Light 25th Year Innovation Award
- Cooper Institute Silver Award
- CDC Health Education Analysis Tool (HECAT) co-developer
- IOM Report on Childhood Obesity external reviewer
- Cooper Institute NutriGram tool co-developer
- Let's Move! Chefs Move to Schools collaborator
- Health Advocacy Fellows Program collaborator
Resources Based on Best Practices and Research
HKC uses the most current evidence-based recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading organizations. The curriculum:
- is designed for grades K-8, promotes health literacy at any age, and is inclusive for all, regardless of weight, fitness level, or socio-economic group
- aligns with health education standards and guidelines, including:
- CDC Health Education Analysis Tool (HECAT)
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Out-of-School Time Framework (HOST)
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Guide for Effective Nutrition Intervention (GENIE)
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- USDA MyPlate
- is written with strategies and content that support the connection of academic performance to eating and physical activity:
- incorporating a "Move and Learn" activity in every nutrition curriculum lesson
- emphasizing healthy balance with active play and integrating physical activity into every event
- includes measurable objectives that address one or more of the following: knowledge, attitudes skills, behaviors, policy, and environment
- is founded on effective health behavior education strategies and environmental change incorporating a "HEAR – SEE – DO" approach