“Read for Health uses language arts as a method to teach nutrition education and encourage physical activity behaviors. It was developed based on research suggesting that read-aloud language arts sessions improve topic motivation, engagement, and comprehension in children.”
This curriculum is made up of lessons that discuss either a nutrition or physical activity topic. Each lesson includes a book related to the lesson topic, and uses activities, food demonstrations, and taste testing to increase fruit, vegetable, and whole grain exposure. The parent newsletters, available in English and Spanish, act as an additional resource to support the program's goal. An appendix is also provided, which details the instructions for various lesson activities, lesson materials, and recipe nutrition facts.
One discrepancy in this resource is found in the "Activities Appendix" on page 98, under activity 19-"Recipe Finder." This activity refers to the "Recipe Finder" database on the SNAP-Ed Connection web site. However, this database has been transitioned to the MyPlate Kitchen site.