Youth Nutrition Program Background
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Youth Nutrition Program was established in June 2004 through a generous three-year grant from Applied Materials. The Applied Materials grant made it possible to offer the program and related materials to schools with no cost.
The mission of the program was to improve nutrition knowledge and behaviors of fifth-grade students in six Santa Clara County schools and enable them to develop positive health behaviors and attitudes.
The Youth Nutrition Program in 2004 consisted of 19 interactive lessons tailored to fit the fifth-grade science curriculum and designed to meet the California state fifth-grade science standards.
The original goals of the program were similar to what they are today:
- Increase knowledge of benefits of healthy eating
- Increase skills in critical analysis of dietary and physical habits
- Improve eating habits of students
- Encourage and facilitate parent involvement in teaching healthy lifestyles to their child
- Create a program that will be self-sustaining after the termination of the grant
The weekly lesson topics included:
- Week 1: Introduction of healthy lifestyle and digestive system
- Week 2: Overview of food pyramid
- Week 3: Breakdown of food pyramid: Fruits and vegetables
- Week 4: Breakdown of food pyramid: Proteins and grains
- Week 5: Breakdown of food pyramid: Dairy and review of food groups
- Week 6: Fast food consumption
- Week 7: Physical activity
- Week 8: Media influence
- Week 9: Final project: Healthy schools
- Week 10: Student presentations: Healthy schools; Fiesta
If you are interested in using these lessons in your classroom or school, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.