Food for Thought Training Videos

Food for Thought Training Videos

Nutrition education must be an integral part of preschool routines in order to help reduce obesity among preschoolers and to help children establish healthy eating habits.

In that regard, the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division in collaboration with the Fresno City College California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET) Center provided eleven statewide trainings on the Food for Thought (FFT) nutrition education curriculum in spring and summer of 2011. These trainings were possible thanks to the California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant.

The goal of the trainings was to give child care professionals ideas and resources on how to promote the acceptance and consumption of fruits and vegetables among their preschoolers by using the FFT curriculum.

One of the great aspects of the FFT curriculum is that it brings preschoolers in direct contact with fruits and vegetables and it allows for quality interactions and teacher-facilitated instruction. The curriculum supports the Preschool Learning Foundations outside source Volumes 1 and 2, and the Desired Results for Children and Families outside source system.

The FFT statewide trainings were conducted by April Cunningham, the primary author of the curriculum. Ms. Cunningham worked for many years as the Food Program Coordinator for the Child Development Program at North Coast Opportunities Head Start in Ukiah. She worked diligently with teachers and food service staff to successfully integrate nutrition education at all of her child development centers. She currently works with the Community Action program and is involved in various projects relating to nutrition education, gardening, and farm to fork efforts.
Select the links below to view recordings of live presentations by April Cunningham of the Food for Thought nutrition education curriculum training.

Part 1 Making Nutrition Education Effective (WMV; 23:00)


Part 1 Making Nutrition Education Effective (with captions) (WMV; 23:00)

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Glossary of Terms Used During Part 1 of the FFT Presentation

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.

VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more.

For more information contact AmeriCorps outside source.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Typically, members or “share-holders” of the farm or garden pledge, in advance, to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary.

In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members, who have provided the farmer with working capital in advance, growers receive better prices for their crops, gain some financial security, and are relieved of much of the burden of marketing.

For more information or to find a CSA farm near you, visit the United States Department of Agriculture outside source.

Division of Responsibility

According to Ellyn Satter, registered dietitian and author, mealtime responsibilities are divided between the adults and the children and can be thought of as “four Ws and an “H”: What, When, Where, Whether, and How.”

Adults are responsible for supplying the first three Ws:

What foods are offered
When foods are offered
Where meals and snacks take place

Children are responsible for the other W and the H:

Whether they eat any of it at all
How much to eat if they do eat

For more ideas on creating a pleasant, healthy, and successful mealtime environment, visit the Mealtime Environment course.


Part 2 Overview of the Food for Thought Curriculum (WMV; 38:00)


Part 2 Overview of the Food for Thought Curriculum (with captions) (WMV; 38:00)

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Glossary of Terms Used During Part 2 of the FFT Presentation

DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile)

Desired Results for Children and Families is a system by which educators can document the progress made by children and families in achieving desired results and by which they can retrieve information to help practitioners improve child care and development services.

A desired result is defined as a condition of well-being for children and families (e.g., children are personally and socially competent). Desired results reflect the positive effects of the child development system on the development and functioning of children and on the self-sufficiency and functioning of families.

At the state level, educators use the desired results system to identify successes and areas for improvement so that the California Department of Education can provide support and technical assistance to increase program quality.
At the program level, practitioners use the desired results system to determine the extent to which children and families are achieving the desired results so that quality improvement activities may be effectively targeted to directly benefit program participants.

The desired results system encourages differences in the structure and objectives of individual child development programs. It is culturally sensitive and linguistically responsive to the diverse populations of children and families served.

The Desired Results Developmental Profile© – Preschool (DRDP-PS©) assessment instrument is one of three instruments developed by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division. The instruments represent the centerpiece of the Desired Results system.

For more information on the Desired Results for Children and Families visit the California Department of Education outside source.


Part 3 How to Make Smoothies (WMV; 07:00)


Part 3 How to Make Smoothies (with captions) (WMV; 07:00)

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Note: This video is not an endorsement of the products or vendors mentioned during the presentation and the opinions expressed are those of the presenter and not necessarily those of the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division or the Fresno City College California Professional Nutrition Education and Training (Cal-Pro-NET) Center.