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Volume 6, No. 3, Fall 2001

Be Active Kids: A Nutrition and Physical Activity Education Program for Four- and Five-Year-Olds

Carolyn Dunn, Cathy Thomas, Christine Smith, and Leslie Pegram


Be Active Kids is a nutrition and physical activity program for four- and five-year-olds. The program consists of a kit of educational materials designed for use in child care settings. The goal of the program is to give young children the tools they need to develop positive physical activity and healthy eating habits for a lifetime. The program emphasizes creative play and fruit and vegetable recognition. The Be Active Kids kit includes a curriculum notebook with fifteen leader lessons, a felt Food Guide Pyramid with a variety of foods, a felt story board with the Be Active Kids characters, food photo flash cards, classroom posters, family newsletter, and classroom video. Be Active Kids uses colorful characters, interactive hands-on lessons, and bright visuals to engage the children in interactive learning. Be Active Kids can be used in a variety of settings including child care centers, family day care homes, and Head Start classrooms. Child care providers and teachers attend training to learn about implementation of Be Active Kids in their classroom. Evaluation data indicate that Be Active Kids is being used in the classroom and is having a positive effect on children with respect to fruit and vegetable recognition as well as knowledge about healthy eating and physical activity.

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Jump Start Your Bones: A School-based Osteoporosis Prevention Program

Kathleen Klotzbach-Shimomura and Debra Palmer Keenan


Attaining peak bone mass during adolescence is a key determinant in reducing the risk of osteoporosis in later years. Educating adolescents on the importance of consuming at least four calcium-rich foods daily and participating in physical activity for at least one hour each day can greatly advance osteoporosis prevention. Rutgers Cooperative Extension responded by developing a school-based curriculum called Jump Start Your Bones©, targeted to seventh- and eighth-grade youth. The curriculum contains a total of 12 lessons, designed to be used in Family and Consumer Sciences, Health, Physical Education, and Life Science classrooms, three lessons per discipline. This osteoporosis curriculum uses hands-on activities to increase knowledge and change behavior in youth aimed toward increasing accumulation of peak bone mass density.

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Black and White Films Show Extension's Early Years

Jan Scholl


Nearly 30 black and white silent films about Extension family and consumer science topics still exist from the 1910s, '20s and '30s. This article shares topics of concerns to Extension during those years and points out some of the similarities and differences that still exist within Extension programs.

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A News Article Approach for Promoting the "Intergenerational Perspective"

Matthew Kaplan


In recent years, a groundswell of intergenerational program activity has been occurring on a national scale. At an unprecedented rate, new programs are emerging that aim to bring young people and older adults together in various settings -- to interact, stimulate, educate, support, and care for one another. Yet, the "intergenerational field" consists of more than an amalgamation of "programs." It also represents a distinct perspective with implications for how we address social issues, formulate public policy, construct our basic institutions, and choose to spend our time. This article describes a news article series, "Ideas for Intergenerational Living," developed by Penn State Cooperative Extension as an outreach strategy to raise public awareness of the importance of intergenerational exchange -- within and beyond families -- as a means for building healthy individuals, families, and communities.

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Estate Planning Web Site Educates Consumers and Markets Legal Services

Carol A. Schwab


Both consumers and the legal profession benefit from the balanced educational program that is offered by the Web site Planning Your Estate. Educated consumers feel more confident about seeking legal services, feel more in control about their legal choices, are less intimated by the legal profession, and are more likely to seek the services of an attorney. The legal profession benefits from an improved image and an increase in the number of informed clients.

Cite this article:

Abstracts. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues 6(3).

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