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Title:Nibbles for Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents of Young Children
Pub. date: 2003, updated 2009
Includes: Binder with 41 newsletters, 3 sharing sessions and 3 posters.
Audience: Parents, Preschool
Language: English
Description:The Nibbles for Health newsletters are categorized into 7 subject areas: Food Choices for Healthy Families, Just for Feeding Children, Fun and Safety with Food, Physical Activity for Children and Families, Learning to Be a Healthy Eater, Food and Nutrition Concerns, and Learning More about Healthy Eating.

Many of the newsletters include suggestions or activities for the parents to put the information into practice.

The sharing sessions are designed to be used with small groups of parents or in one-on-one discussions. They each have an outline and refer to specific newsletters to go with each topic. The topics of the sharing sessions are: "Food Labels: A Tool for Making Food Choices," "Active Living: How to Get Families Moving," and "Pyramid Servings: How Much? How Many?"

Although intended for use with parents of preschool-aged children and child care center staff who participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the kit may also be used in other settings such as Food Stamp Nutrition Education and the WIC program.

While pre-school age children are the target audience, many of the newsletters provide information that may be helpful to the entire family, such as shopping on a budget, food safety, and the importance of the family meal. Some of the newsletter have specialized topics such as vegetarian diets, food allergies, lactose intolerance, and nutrient supplements. Both the sharing sessions and the newsletters summarize their key messages.

Funding Source: USDA's Team Nutrition
Developer: United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Team Nutrition
Length: 84 pages, plus the posters
Assessment instrument Used? No
Use Restrictions: No
Reviewers Comments: This kit is a useful tool for educators to teach parents and caregivers of young children about nutrition, and is unique in its versatility. The newsletters are all simple and easy to read. They are colorful, have sufficient white space, and deliver their messages in a concise fashion. They list actionable outcomes for the parents, which will help the educators convey the take-home message to session participants. For example, in the "Why Breakfast?" newsletter, the actionable outcomes are to "know why breakfast is important for children and families," and for parents/caregivers to "make healthful breakfasts for their child and family without much effort."

The sharing sessions include various suggestions for using the newsletters and posters in conjunction with the sharing sessions. The format allows considerable flexibility for the educator. Enough detail is provided so that the educator can use them as scripts for the class, or they can be used more broadly, such as for talking points.

The posters are designed to be used in conjunction with the sharing sessions, but they can also be effectively used on their own. The poster "What size is your serving?" does an excellent job of depicting Food Guide Pyramid serving sizes compared to everyday items that session participants will recognize.

Borrow it from the National Agricultural Library (NAL)
SNAP staff/SNAP-Ed providers can borrow materials from NAL through interlibrary loan.
    NAL Call No.: aTX353 .U5 no. 353
    Go to Request Library Materials
View/download files: 
PDF files Available free for download on the Team Nutrition Web site:
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Team Nutrition
    Mail: 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 632
Alexandria, VA 22302
    Ordering: Download from the Team Nutrition Web site above.
    Cost: 0.00 per kit
    Avail. in Qty: No

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