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Minnesota Department of Health.

Part of the SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit.* The LANA Program helps children learn to eat more fruits and vegetables by: increasing opportunities for children to taste and eat fruits and vegetables, providing opportunities for hands-on experiences with fruits and vegetables, creating a supportive environment for eating fruits and vegetables, providing children with role models who eat fruits and vegetables, connecting classroom or child care activities with their home environment.

Funding Source
National Cancer Institute.
Free Material
SNAP-Ed Toolkit Classification
  • Evaluated
  • Pilot Tested
Evaluation Information

Twenty childcare centers participated in the research study testing the effects of participating in the LANA Preschool Program. Ten centers offered the program while the others waited until after the study was completed to implement the program. At the end of the study, researchers compared the amounts of fruits and vegetables eaten by the children who had participated in the program to the amounts eaten by the children who did not participate. Children who participated in the LANA Preschool Program ate significantly more vegetables at lunch and more total fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

SNAP-Ed Connection Comments

LANA activities fall into these main program areas:

DAILY – Menu and Mealtime                                                              

WEEKLY – Tasting Activities and Cooking Activities                      

MONTHLY – Theme Units                                                            

PERIODIC – Family Involvement Activities and Events

* SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States is a compilation of interventions. The toolkit was developed by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, The Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT), and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the USDA. It is designed and updated to help state SNAP-Ed administrative and implementing agencies identify evidence-based obesity prevention programs and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and interventions to include in their SNAP-Ed plans.

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