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Hip Hop to Health Jr. is a direct education intervention designed to encourage healthy eating and exercise for children ages 3-5 years.

Intervention Target Behavior: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Reducing Screen Time 

SNAP-Ed Strategies: Direct Education

Intervention Reach and Adoption

Hip Hop to Health Jr. prioritizes African American/Black and Latino preschool students. The efficacy and effectiveness trials for Hip Hop to Health Jr. were conducted in Head Start programs in Chicago.

Settings: Pre-K & Childcare

Age/Population Group: Preschool 

Race: Black or African Americans

Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino Origin

Intervention Components

Hip Hop to Health Jr. is a 14-week curriculum consisting of weekly lessons focused on themes such as fruits, vegetables, heart healthy exercise, and healthy snacks. Lessons feature food group puppets. An aerobic activity session is included in each lesson. Weekly parent newsletters include content covered in the children's curriculum and include a homework assignment. Parents also receive the CD that teachers use in the classroom so that concepts can be reinforced at home.

Intervention Materials

The curriculum features weekly lessons related to healthy eating and exercise, food group puppets, a CD with songs and raps and two fully scripted exercise routines, and parent newsletters.

Evidence Summary

Efficacy Trial (Lessons taught by specially trained early childhood educators)

Effectiveness Trial (lessons taught by classroom teachers)

Evidence Base: Research-tested

Evaluation Indicators

Based on the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework, the following outcome indicators can be used to evaluate intervention progress and success.

 Readiness and Capacity - Short Term (ST)Changes - Medium Term (MT)Effectiveness and Maintenance - Long Term (LT)Population Results (R)
IndividualST1, ST3MT1MT3LT1, LT3 
Environmental Settings   
Sectors of Influence   
Evaluation Materials

Currently, no evaluation tools or materials are available.

Additional Information

Website: The Hip Hop to Health Jr. website includes Hip Hop to Health Music for purchase.

Contact Person(s):

Laura Blumstein


Phone: 312-996-9028  


*Updated as of September 11, 2023

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