Recommended Resources

Fit WIC Missouri

From Food and Fun for Families
Food and Fun for Families is a gallery of State-developed, printable materials originally developed for the Fit WIC obesity prevention initiative. All materials are available on the web or on the mini CD provided to your agency. This list of recommended resources will best meet the goals of Fit WIC Missouri. The materials are organized into four topic areas: Active Play, Family Meals, Fruits and Vegetables and Water.


Active Play

Fit WIC Families: Activities for Learning about Nutrition and Physical Activity
This comprehensive resource manual (23-page color) for WIC families is designed to introduce nutrition and new foods to preschool children, help caregivers establish good feeding relationships with their children and provide nutrition and active play activities for the whole family. Incorporates facilitated learning, and is a family-centered approach with a caregiver and preschooler section. Activities include both the nutrition and physical activity component.

Fit WIC Activities
This 45-page color notebook for parents and their preschoolers is designed to help foster children’s health and development through active physical play. The book is full of ideas for playing actively, building physical skills and finding new places in the community to play.

Fit WIC Educator’s Guide
A resource guide (42-page color) for educators of families with young children provides physical activity lesson plan ideas (WICtivities) for preschoolers and their families to help increase the time young children spend playing actively and decrease the time they spend being sedentary.

Fit WIC News
Healthful eating and physical activity focused newsletters (2-page color) help parents and caregivers teach children that healthy foods and family meals are important family times for enjoying good food and sharing time together.

Recommended Series Titles:

Kids Know Best/Get Moving

Make Mealtimes Happy Times/Play Everyday
Note: This newsletter says to limit TV to 1 hour or less per day. In an effort to provide a consistent message statewide, change this statement to Missouri’s message to limit TV and recreational screen time to less than 2 hours per day for 2-5 year olds, and to discourage TV viewing among children younger than 2 years of age altogether (per American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation).

Let Your Kids Help in the Kitchen/Take Time to Play

Playing With Your 3 to 5 Year Old
This color tri-fold brochure includes examples of age appropriate activities, lists of toys and games and explains why active play is important for your 3 to 5 year old. Also available in Spanish.

Playing With Your Baby
This color tri-fold brochure includes examples of activities, lists of toys and games and the reasons why active play is so important for baby’s development. Also available in Spanish.

Playing With Your Toddler
This color tri-fold brochure includes examples of age appropriate activities, lists of toys and games and explains why play is important for your toddler. Also available in Spanish.


Family Meals

Feeding Children With Love: Activity for Caregivers
The goal of this group discussion session is to present the roles of the caregiver and child in the feeding relationship and to provide tips for successful mealtimes. Part of Fit WIC Families: Activities for Learning about Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Fit WIC News

Healthful eating and physical activity focused newsletters (2-page color) help parents and caregivers teach children that healthy foods and family meals are important family times for enjoying good food and sharing time together.

Recommended Series Titles

Kids Know Best/Get Moving

Make Mealtimes Happy Times/Play Everyday
Note: This newsletter says to limit TV to 1 hour or less per day. In an effort to provide a consistent message statewide, change this statement to Missouri’s message to limit TV and recreational screen time to less than two hours per day for 2-5 year olds, and to discourage TV viewing among children younger than 2 years of age altogether (per American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation).

Let Your Kids Help in the Kitchen/Take Time to Play

Healthy Brown Bag Challenge
This 8-week challenge encourages staff members to plan lunch time meals and improve the nutritional quality of lunches eaten at work. Includes instructions and tracking sheet, handout with examples of healthy lunches and sample menu planner. Use this for an activity supporting WIC staff.

I’m Hungry As A Bear – Activity for Preschoolers
The goal of this lesson is to help children become aware of when they are hungry or full, as well as introduce them to new foods and new ways to prepare foods. Part of Fit WIC Families: Activities for Learning about Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Make Meals Memorable
Participant handout provides tips for happy meals, lists the benefits of eating together as a family and gives examples of what to expect from your toddler and preschooler at mealtimes. This tri-fold color brochure is also available in Spanish.

Mealtime Group Education Kit
This group education lesson plan assists caregivers in understanding the importance of eating together and talking with their children during meals and encourages them to increase the number of meals that the family eats together. Kit includes step-by-step lesson plan, overhead transparencies, discussion guide, participant goal card (Spanish version) and mealtime place mat.

What Foods and How Much to Feed Your Family – Activity for Caregivers
The goal of this group discussion session is to brainstorm foods that are appropriate for children (type of food and amount) and to identify the benefits of choosing healthy foods.


Fruits and Vegetables

Vegetable Party: Activity for Preschoolers
The goal of this lesson is to teach children the importance of eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, as well as introduce them to new vegetables and ways to prepare them. Note: Could also use carrots and peanut dip from I Love Carrots: Activity for Preschoolers, to emphasize this message. Part of Fit WIC Families: Activities for Learning about Nutrition and Physical Activity.

WIC Team Fruit and Vegetable Challenge
This program challenges WIC staff to consume 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day for two weeks. Includes instructions and tracking sheet and award certificate. Use this for an activity supporting WIC staff.


Water

Water Group Education Kit
This group education lesson plan is designed to assist participants in identifying beverages high in sugar and develop strategies for making drinking water fun for their children. Kit includes step-by-step lesson plan, overhead transparencies, discussion guide, participant goal sheet (also available in Spanish) and parent brochure (also available in Spanish). Note: Information on what kid’s need to drink says 2 cups (16 oz) low fat milk for children over 2 years. Missouri recommends 2½ cups for 2-3 year olds and 3 cups for 4-6 year olds.

WIC Team Water Challenge
This program challenges WIC staff to drink 8 glasses of water each day for two weeks. Includes instructions and tracking sheet, promotional flyer and award certificate. Use this for an activity supporting WIC staff.