National Education Association Health Information Network and Nestlé in the U.S. Continue Nutrition Education Partnership

Jun 26, 2012
Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives was originally created by Nestlé USA in 2005, and is part of the Nestlé Healthy Kids Global Programme

Aligned with USDA’s MyPlate, Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives Provides Educators with Free Instructional Resources

At a time when educating children about nutrition and physical activity is more important than ever before, the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) has again partnered with Nestlé in the United States to provide free instructional materials that support educators’ ongoing efforts to teach students in grades K-3 about healthy living. Aligned with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new generation food icon MyPlate, the third edition of Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives will be released during the 2012 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in Washington, DC, June 27 – July 5.

“The global prevalence of obesity, particularly among children, has dramatically increased over the last 20 years, and we know educators play a vital role in making sure children learn about healthy living from an early age,” said Chavanne Hanson, MPH, RD, LD and Wellness Champion for Nestlé USA. “Due to obesity’s many causes and influencing factors, a multi-stakeholder approach involving large-scale community and school-based initiatives is often required. Our partnership with NEA HIN is a shining example of such initiatives, and we look forward to its continued success.”

Grouped by three themes – THINK Healthy, EAT Healthy, and MOVE Healthy—the versatile program includes activities that address multiple learning styles and utilize a mixture of grouping structures. In addition, Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives is tied to national curriculum standards in all academic content areas for grades K-3 and helps educators incorporate the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans into their classrooms.

The Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives materials are available online at www.nestleusa.com/healthysteps and www.neahin.org/healthysteps. For free printed copies of the Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives kit, please email your request to healthysteps@us.nestle.com.

Read the press release.