Using a variety of tools to engage students including an interactive CD-ROM, activity workbook and web site (http://www.
To determine the program's effectiveness, quantitative evaluation was conducted in spring 2003 with approximately 400 students and 25 teachers in California. Conclusions show that after using Nutrition Pathfinders, students improved their knowledge about the food guide pyramid and healthy eating. Almost half of the students (49%) reported eating less extra foods, more grains (44%), and milk and dairy (40%). Approximately one-third of the students increased consumption of meats, beans and nuts (34%), vegetables (39%), and fruits (25%).
Teachers participating in the evaluation found that Nutrition Pathfinders strengthens valuable skills including self-responsibility, language arts, and basic computer and keyboarding skills. The majority of teachers were highly satisfied with the program components and outcomes, and plan to use it again.
Nutrition Pathfinders is provided free to California third, fourth and fifth grade teachers. Ordering information for California and out-of-state is located at http://www.
Dairy Council of California develops nutrition education programs that are easy-to-use and meet the unique needs of students at different grade levels. Making healthy food choices from all food groups and including physical activity are the foundation for life-long health and wellness. Our programs are scientifically sound and tested to ensure behavior change. Healthy Eating Made Easier.